We looked inside some of the tweets by @sapinker and here's what we found interesting.
Inside 100 Tweets
The recent attacks on @sapinker are completely unjustified. Pinker is a brilliant scholar, a valued colleague and a thoroughly decent human being. Read his books and see for yourselves.
Is the free exchange of diverse views out in the academy? This open letter, from a supposedly learned society, calls for the silencing and demotion of @sapinker based largely on tweets going back a decade. https://t.co/W7cIi2WQ3Q
@HadasKotek This letter says it is not trying to "cancel" Steve Pinker. But the explicit point of the letter is to take him off the LSA Fellows list and take away his influence in the LSA. This seems like canceling. Also, someone signed Ray Jackendoff's name: Ray did not sign that letter.
Some wondered this open letter to the Linguistics Soc of America https://t.co/iYoAuJ78mJ demanding they rescind my Fellow status is a satire of woke outrage culture, w its hallucinated “dog whistles,” fury over tweets of NYT & WaPo opeds, and obvious forged signatures...
I'm with you, Steve, because your intellectual work communicating so divergent arguments has made the fight against racism more accessible to all incl. non-leftists thanks to your framing it as a way of progress, and bc of 'freedom of expression & info' & open society, my friend. https://t.co/PusjlE2Tli
A final comment: I feel sorry for the signatories. Moralistic dudgeon is a shallow and corrosive indulgence, & policing the norms of your peer group a stunting of the intellect. Learning new ideas & rethinking conventional wisdom are deeper pleasures …
In characteristic style, @sapinker uses even personal attack as an opportunity to impart wisdom on moral progress. His relentless courage in the face of bullies reminds us of why we need him. After nearly 10 years of direct collaboration, I have nothing but good things to say. https://t.co/xKriu04lV3
I've placed the letter I sent to the Linguistic Society of America (on letterhead over email) on my website. Unlike most in genetics, I AM a card-carrying applied linguist. cc @JonHaidt @SamHarrisOrg @JohnHMcWhorter @primalpoly @PamelaParesky My letter: https://t.co/GFJyWOBYVY https://t.co/3oaCkhaSn2
Charleen Danielle Adams: https://t.co/Mm6XD2GMWn
At first, I was going to defend @sapinker. But when I learned, from this letter, that he has refused to denounce @nytdavidbrooks, I realized that I immediately need to denounce them both, lest I be denounced in turn. 🙄 https://t.co/iRBE5LJCyV
Yascha Mounk (Trigger warning: this is ironic) https://t.co/tXh5BnGDUX
Dogwhistle: speech act “that sends one message to an outgroup while at the same time sending a second (often taboo, controversial, or inflammatory) message to an ingroup” LSA doc calling for @sapinker removal is itself a dogwhistle, along with cancel culture itself.