John McWhorter on race and IQ: “My intuition — whatever it is worth given that I am not an expert on the subject — is that the lag in performance of African-descended persons on IQ tests is the result of culture. […] Black American culture, for example, grew from implacably oppressive slavery followed by a Jim Crow hegemony that recapitulated slavery in essence. These were people living in what my linguist’s training reveals as a life bound in orality rather than literacy. To live restricted to casual speech rather than the artifice of writing creates a psychology ill equipped to score highly on the distinctly modern stunt known as the IQ test.”

In the same way, AI helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but our bots intercede for us through wordless groans.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal (often referred to as the mathematician’s Nobel Prize), has died.

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