If DeNeil deserves a Nobel, why not a Fields for da Functor? (Just checked up on her again — not only has she not produced any new mathematics, but even her SJW activism blogging has stalled.)
Prompted by you-know-who’s post on yet another article of the magic-sauce-of-diversity variety. The prominent mathematician Richard Taylor is quoted: “How much further forward might mathematics have gotten today, if we had attracted that talent?” — and an anonymous commenter of Sailer’s makes a couple of astute points. First, talented mathematicians hate to be bothered with this sort of nonsense and will try to make the annoying, ignorant, innumerate journo-hack go away as quickly and painlessly as possible. Second, mathematicians have an aversion to telling outright lies (with notable exceptions) and so Taylor’s rhetorical question is actually content-free. As anonymous puts it, “His answer to his own question might in fact be, `Are you shitting me? Ha ha ha!'”
We’ll go one step further. A guy with Taylor’s intelligence and resources would be a fool not to attract all that untapped black mathematical talent through a nation-wide search — and watch those Millennium Problems get knocked down one by one. That he’s choosing to invest his time and funding in other projects speaks volumes.
The NYT piece makes a perfunctory nod in the direction of the crimethink explanation (“Some people claim that there are not many black research mathematicians because African-Americans are not as intelligent as other races.”) — without even bothering to counter or dismiss it, as we all know that intelligence couldn’t possibly explain any real-world achievement, much less mathematical. Do you still not see the point of researching race and IQ, Sam Harris? PTT’s in mala fide offer remains in force:
PTT would even be willing to cut a deal with the disparate impact adherents. We would be willing to compromise our freedom of association absolutism in exchange for outcome-based quotas that are required to be in line with on the most up-to-date HBD research. For example, if a position calls for an IQ level of over 140, then relative proportions of accepted applicants should be measured against the over-140-IQ — rather than the general — population. Engage in all the bean-counting you want, but respect Science!
And now some commentary from an Anonymous of our own:
I know exactly one exceptionally strong black mathematician alive today. He’s phenomenally good, but there’s just one of him. When he was on the job market, I was worried he might get torn limb from limb in the feeding frenzy. Before him, there was David Blackwell. Also exceptional — but one like that comes along only once every two generations or so. In other words, just the sort of thing various Bell-Curve-type models would predict. Which couldn’t possibly be right, because fat tails and Szemeredi.