Top scientist claims black people 'stupid'
One of the world's most respected scientists is embroiled in an extraordinary row after claiming that black people are less intelligent than white people.
James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, has provoked outrage with his comments, made ahead of his arrival in Britain today.
More fierce criticism of the eminent scientist is expected as he embarks on a number of engagements to promote a new book 'Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science'. Among his first commitments is a speech to a London audience at the Science Museum on Friday. The event is sold out.
Dr Watson, who runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, made the controversial remarks in an interview in The Sunday Times.
The 79-year-old geneticist said he was 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa' because 'all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really.". He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that 'people who have to deal with black employees find this not true'.
He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because 'there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don't promote them when they haven't succeeded at the lower level'. He writes that 'there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so'.
He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.
The newly formed Equality and Human Rights Commission is studying Dr Watson's remarks 'in full'.
Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said today: 'It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments.
'I am sure the scientific community will roundly reject what appear to be Dr Watson's personal prejudices. These comments serve as a reminder of the attitudes which can still exist at the highest professional levels.'
Dr Watson was hailed as achieving one of the greatest single scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century when he worked at the University of Cambridge in the 1950s and 1960s, forming part of the team which discovered the structure of DNA.
He shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for medicine with his British colleague Francis Crick and New Zealand-born Maurice Wilkins.
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they also used to think women weren't as smart as men because they have smaller skull cavities- except that brain size matters less to intelligence than density, as scientists later found out.
this is particularly interesting in light of the charges that some of watson (yes, this watson) and crick's research was stolen from rosalind franklin, a woman that researched dna, viruses, and the molecular structure of coal.
watson may end up in a hospital getting heart surgery pioneered by a black doctor, under lights that wouldn't necessarily be there if a black lab worker hadn't discovered the filament that is still burning to this day in the edison museum, but what we should really hope is that an african american will discover some treatment for mr. watson's senility.
but is it senility? i don't know, that's just my "theory." stupid old racist bastard. actually, i bet he only mentioned it to get "favors" from ann coulter while she goes on her new campaign for the master race. lonely old white supremacists need love, too.
Two black folks should visit him (one gangsta and one doctor), one should kick the sh!t out of him and the other should save his life.
Zippo wrote:Two black folks should visit him (one gangsta and one doctor), one should kick the sh!t out of him and the other should save his life.
bad idea, because the news will only report the first story. the other might be aired at 11, but not before faux brings in a panel of "experts" to say "the great irony is that this only proves what dr. watson was saying just a week ago..."
Isn't intelligence inherited? It isn't all social, right?
Watson has been known as quacky before, but I forget the reasons why.
Dr Watson is no stranger to controversy. He has been reported in the past saying that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual.
In addition, he has suggested a link between skin colour and sex drive, proposing a theory that black people have higher libidos.
He also claimed that beauty could be genetically manufactured, saying: "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
Why is it that blacks run faster? Because of social deprivation? No because they have a higher density of fast twitch muscle fibre.
Quote:Why is it that blacks run faster? Because of social deprivation? No because they have a higher density of fast twitch muscle fibre.
And they have a higher density of fast twitch muscle fibre because those people from that area of the world who didn't have a higher density of fast twitch muscle fibre couldn't run fast enough to escape from lions and tigers and thus were selected out by evolutionary processes and the ones with a higher density of fast twitch muscle fibre were the only ones left to breed and hence the whole race eventually became faster runners than people from areas of the world where there were no lions and tigers.
But it is only over short distances that this applies because lions and tigers are non-stayers.