Brooks identified the five key players in the drama, and directed sharp criticism at three of them: Google's diversity officer, the press, and ultimately Pichai.
First, Damore (links are in originals and bolds are mine throughout this post):
Damore was tapping into the long and contentious debate about genes and behavior. On one side are those who believe that humans come out as blank slates and are formed by social structures. On the other are the evolutionary psychologists who argue that genes interact with environment and play a large role in shaping who we are. In general the evolutionary psychologists have been winning this debate.
You can almost hear the gasps of surprise throughout Times headquarters at Brooks's reliance on inconvenient science.
Next up, women in tech:
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We should all have a lot of sympathy for the second group of actors in this drama, the women in tech who felt the memo made their lives harder.