While I greatly enjoy working at Harvard, there are many painfully stupid things said and done by people here -- as I suppose is the case anywhere -- that either I don't feel merit commenting on or I don't feel it's appropriate to comment on. (And, of course, I'm sure that sometime in the past I've done or said things that others find stupid, and I'm very happy they aren't blogged about.)
However, the recent comments by Niall Ferguson are out in the public, and so over-the-top stupid that even he quickly realized how stupid they were. And I think it's important to point out, prominently, how stupid they are, because the idea that either childless people or gay people somehow have a discounted view of the importance of the future deeply offends me, and somehow the idea that someone prominent in my workplace would say (or believe, or say in stupidity without really believing) such a thing has made my week substantially sadder. And so I feel the need to point it out, ideally not to sadden anyone reading this, but to emphasize how sad and stupid the comments were.