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  1. The Geek Syndrome, Brains, and Gender

    In a 1993 Wired article, writer Steve Silberman characterized autism as the “geek syndrome.” Given that autism is partially hereditary, Silberman asked if the concentrations (and eventual pairing, known as assortative mating) of geeky folk in places like Silicon Valley meant that the “genes responsible for bestowing certain special gifts …

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  2. The Google Memo

    Earlier I reviewed the literature on whether there is a distinct geek style of thinking?. This question recently went mainstream as a consequence of James Damore’s “Google Bro” memo. I was tempted to carefully parse though all the claims myself, but others did so for me.

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  3. The tenure file

    A few months ago I submitted my dossier for tenure and it continues on its journey up the chain of command: external reviewers, department committee, chair, college committee, dean, university advisory committee and provost, president, and the board of trustees. I might get good news around May or bad news …

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