Remember the other week when Google released their workforce data and, it turns out, they’re terribly racist against anyone who’s not White or Asian and terribly sexist against anyone who’s not male?
Well, Yahoo have released their workforce data too; and what d’yknow, it turns out Yahoo are racist and sexist in precisely the same way! Are these guys in cahoots or something?
Obviously, they’re not in cahoots. Google and Yahoo are not engaged in some pernicious conspiracy to neglect employing black people and women for the ultimate purpose of, I don’t know, damaging their self-esteem or something. No, they employ the people who are good at the job and it turns out those people are Asian guys.
So what? The issue is that someone somewhere has misplaced Occam’s Razor and then Western society has decided to not bother looking for it. With the result that, instead of looking at the high proportion of Asian guys working at Google and Yahoo and coming to the nice simple conclusion that Asian guys must be pretty good at working at Google and Yahoo, everyone decides to come to some other weirdly complicated conclusion.
I don’t even know what that complicated conclusion is, it’s so complicated…. is it something like Yahoo and Google are institutionally racist and sexist against certain people and in favour of other people. And let’s not explain what institutional racism is because… it just is. And let’s not try to explain why they’d be racist against a minority race and in favour of another minority race…because… they just are?
Occam’s Razor! When you can explain something simply, go for that explanation. Don’t go for another one that requires all sorts of bizarre abstractions and nonsensical speculation (Occam’s Butterknife).