Editorial; Summers’ provocation works

Editorial; Summers’ provocation works

What is it about the word “provoke” those Harvard intellectuals don’t understand? The transcript of Harvard University president Larry Summers’ now infamous remarks about a female’s innate scientific capabilities proves he was doing just what he said he was doing, provoking discussion.

“I’ve given you my best guesses after a fair amount of reading. . . They may be all wrong,” Summers said at the Jan. 14 conference. “I will have served my purpose if I have provoked thought on this question and provoked the marshalling of evidence to contradict what I have said.”

Summers apologized once again in a letter accompanying the release of the transcript. He’s the one who deserves the apology.

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