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Open Debate at Loyola


From the Baltimore Sun, hat tip Half Sigma:

An economics professor from Loyola University in New Orleans traveled to Baltimore’s Loyola last week to give a lecture, and everybody’s been apologizing ever since.

The various apologies issued around campus – one from the college’s economics department, another from President Brian Linnane – were offered not to allegedly lefty priests, but to women and African-Americans.

College officials have declined to elaborate on just what Block said. Apparently it was so offensive that they can’t even bear to say why they’re offended.

He said he’d told the audience that differences in IQ might account for why blacks and women earn about 30 percent less than their white, male counterparts.

Block said there’s research to back up that theory, noting the controversial book The Bell Curve. He offered a little consolation for women, saying they aggregate in the middle of the IQ scale, while men are the outliers. That’s why, he said, men dominate the ranks of both prisoners and Nobel laureates.


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