There really is a memory hole

This is a quite astonishing paper: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole. Anyway, in regard to the paper in question, is what it argues true? If it is true, should it matter? And even if it isn’t true, can we not discuss it? Here’s the first para.

In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are more idiots and more geniuses among men than among women. Darwin’s research on evolution in the nineteenth century found that, although there are many exceptions for specific traits and species, there is generally more variability in males than in females of the same species throughout the animal kingdom.

Here then is the last para along with the closing quotation that comes at the very end:

Educators must practice what we preach and lead by example. In this way, we can help to foster intellectual curiosity and the discovery of fresh reasoning so compelling that it causes even the most sceptical to change their minds. But this necessarily requires us to reject censorship and open ourselves to the civil discussion of sensitive topics such as gender differences, and the variability hypothesis in particular. In 2015, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Freedom of Expression summarized the importance of this principle beautifully in a report commissioned by none other than Professor Robert Zimmer:

In a word, the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.

You can read for yourself what comes in between. And the fact is, there are some things that cannot be said, but these are entirely restricted to religious truths. When you read this, you will know more about the times in which you live and the kinds of beliefs you are absolutely forbidden either to have or discuss.