There are merits to diversity beyond productivity

I just finished a two-year tenure as diversity officer for the board that represents graduate students in my PhD department. In talking about diversity in a results-driven engineering/start-up world, I have found a focus on one merit of diversity. I lament the diversion from theĀ its other merits.

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A great example of good evolutionary thinking

In undergrad I became very interested in the science of early humans. We have such grand questions in that field: When did apes become humans? What did that transition mean? How did we come to be something that we think is qualitatively different from other animals?

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