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Comment author: xccf 26 October 2017 11:37:44PM *  2 points [-]

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see how unsolicited exploration of "other hypotheses" (cough cough) for racial and gender disparities could be very distressing for the people who are being discussed as if they're not there.

Oh, I totally agree, and I don't think we should discuss them. [I edited my comment in an attempt to clarify this.]

Comment author: Lila 26 October 2017 11:41:28PM 1 point [-]

But you don't want discrimination hypotheses to be discussed either? I guess that could be an acceptable compromise, to not debate the causes of disparities but at the same time focus on improving diversity in recruitment.

Comment author: xccf 27 October 2017 12:00:20AM 4 points [-]

Yeah. I'm also in favor of trying to grab low-hanging fruit from addressing discrimination, as long as we don't get overzealous. But in terms of trying to make our demographics completely representative... there are already a lot of groups trying and failing to do that, sometimes in a way that crashes & burns spectacularly, so I would rather hang back and wait for a model that seems workable/reliable before aiming that high.