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Hysterical reaction to Google memo highlights sharp decline in listening skills among Americans

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Public and even private discourse in the Western world seems to be heading down a disappointing path: we can't talk to each other because no one wants to listen.

Mike Slater discussed a recent evening with friends that escalated when one person refused to listen to what the other had to say. The person did not project a "posture of curiosity," and was just waiting for a lull in the other speaker's conversation so he could bring up what he was thinking about.

On "The Mike Slater Show," Mike tied this universal experience with the controversy surrounding now former Google employee James Damore's interoffice memo. Damore wrote, in part:

“I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”

He was terminated because, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, portions of the memo violated their code of conduct. Damore went on to discuss generalized gender differences as expressed in research from biological and psychological sciences.

Mike estimated that 90 percent of persons expressing outrage about the memo haven't read it. He believed they "projected their worst fears of what [Damore] could have said," on the memo, then judged their own creation of it in their minds.

See more from Mike on TheBlaze Contributors channel and listen to “The Mike Slater Show” live every Saturday from 3--6 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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