White Nobel Prize recipient makes blatantly racist comments

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Written by andrea bennett

Molecular biologist James Watson recently published a book entitled Avoid Boring People: Lessons From a Life in Science. Unfortunately, he's going to have a bit of a hard time promoting his life in Science at the Science Museum, as they've cancelled his Oct. 19th visit.

Why? Because Dr. Watson, who was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his work on the structure of DNA, told the London Sunday Times Magazine on Oct. 14th that he is "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." (Read the full article here). In the past, Watson has hypothesized that skin colour is linked to libido - that darker-skinned people have stronger sex drives. Now Watson is using the "evidence" of standardized testing to assert that black people aren't as smart as white people.

His analytical skills don't seem very well-honed for a scientist. It's long been asserted that standardized testing is not an accurate measure of intelligence - and that the tests themselves only prove institutional racism.

Watson's comments are particularly frightening because he is a renowned, well-funded molecular biologist. He has used a mix of social assumption and statistics to assert that intelligence varies according to race, and that science will find a basis for this assertion genetically within the next 15 years (see the Sunday Times article). Watson's process seems more relevant to the approach of 18th and 19th century practitioners of craniometry than a 21st century scientist and chancellor of Cold Spring Harbour Labratory.

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  1. Posted by: j on Oct 18, 2007 @ 11:34pm

    Wilson's an 80 year old nut, plain and simple. I put him right there with JP Rushton in terms of poorly devised science and methodologies with a racist end.

    Some points to consider
    - This evidence does not take into account culture or poverty at all, huge mistake.
    - There is more genetic diversity in Africa than any place in the world. Just because people share the same skin colour, does NOT mean that they are similar genetically.

  2. Posted by: j on Oct 18, 2007 @ 11:37pm

    Errr... I meant Watson, not Wilson. I think I've been watching a little too much House. :p

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