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'Black people are less intelligent than whites', claims DNA pioneer (James Watson)
Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/07

Posted on 10/17/2007 1:36:52 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

'Black people are less intelligent than whites', claims DNA pioneer

One of the world's most eminent scientists is at the centre of a row after claiming black people are less intelligent than whites.

James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, has drawn condemnation for comments made ahead of his arrival in Britain tomorrow for a speaking tour.

Dr Watson, who now 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 claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

He includes his views in a new book, published this week, in which 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 says.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is now studying Dr Watson's remarks "in full".

Dr Watson arrives in Britain to promote his latest book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science.

Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Independent: "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.

He has served for 50 years as a director of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory on Long Island, considered a world leader in research into cancer and genetics.

He has courted controversy in the past, reportedly saying that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual.

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."

Steven Rose, a professor of biological sciences at the Open University, told the Independent: "This is Watson at his most scandalous. He has said similar things about women before but I have never heard him get into this racist terrain.

"If he knew the literature in the subject he would know he was out of his depth scientifically, quite apart from socially and politically."


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1 posted on 10/17/2007 1:36:53 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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Blanket statements like this are just stupid and those that think a black could not be much smarter than the writer are self deluded!
2 posted on 10/17/2007 1:44:39 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"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."

I wonder if they will do the same to other Nobel Prize recipients.
3 posted on 10/17/2007 1:46:55 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Al Gore and Osama Bin Laden have the same position on global warming, for the exact same reason.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

His statement was not a blanket statement.


4 posted on 10/17/2007 1:51:10 AM PDT by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Swedes are taller than Italians but that doesn’t mean that Swedish jockeys are taller than Italian basketball players. Even if Watson is correct, and no one can even define intelligence so I don’t know how he can be, knowing someone’s ethnicity tells you very little about the individual.


5 posted on 10/17/2007 1:54:36 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields.
But experts often think so.
The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.

LAZARUS LONG

Expert, break it down.
EX = has been
Pert sounds like spurt
Spurt = drip under pressure.
EXPERT means a has been drip under pressure.

Me

6 posted on 10/17/2007 1:57:12 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
In other news today Nobel Peace Prize winners jimmy carter and algore attempted to be relevent.
7 posted on 10/17/2007 1:58:25 AM PDT by tioga
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To: TigerLikesRooster
He shared the 1962 Nobel Prize....

Watson and Gore - - peas in a pod.

8 posted on 10/17/2007 1:58:57 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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...knowing someone’s ethnicity tells you very little about the individual.

Exactly. Knowing how someone thinks, maybe how they vote, will tell you more about their intelligence than their race.

Thomas Sowell is more intelligent than more than 99.9% of the caucasians you'll see on any given day.

Al Gore & Ted Kennedy, trust fund rich white boys, are almost as smart as a bag of hammers.

So race isn't necessarily a factor, you see, in determining intelligence.

9 posted on 10/17/2007 2:00:11 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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""I am sure the scientific community will roundly reject what appear to be Dr Watson's personal prejudices"

There's that darn prejudice of scientific fact again.

yitbos

10 posted on 10/17/2007 2:04:12 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Stupidest thing I ever read. This guy, naturally, defines “intelligence” from an entirely white Eurocentric white, and he’s apparently not smart enough to realize that different peoples develop differnt kinds of “intelligence.

Even so, there are clearly brilliant black people all over the place by those same white Eurocentric parameters.


11 posted on 10/17/2007 2:04:52 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TigerLikesRooster

(Try this again....)

Stupidest thing I ever read. Watson, naturally, defines “intelligence” from an entirely white Eurocentric perspective, and he’s apparently not smart enough to realize that different peoples develop differnt kinds of “intelligence”.

Even so, there are clearly brilliant black people all over the place by those same white Eurocentric parameters.


12 posted on 10/17/2007 2:06:17 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields.

Al Gore. Global Warming.

13 posted on 10/17/2007 2:12:16 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (Texas: "We close at five.")
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Thomas Sowell is more intelligent than more than 99.9% of the caucasians you'll see on any given day.

Talk about your dumb blanket statements.........

Unless 99% of the Caucasians that you see everyday are retards.

14 posted on 10/17/2007 2:17:04 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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To: Lancey Howard
Stupidest thing I ever read. Watson, naturally, defines “intelligence” from an entirely white Eurocentric perspective, and he’s apparently not smart enough to realize that different peoples develop differnt kinds of “intelligence”.



Those evil white Europeans and their definitions of intelligence! How dare they!
15 posted on 10/17/2007 2:18:33 AM PDT by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Dr Watson arrives in Britain to promote his latest book

God enlightened me.


16 posted on 10/17/2007 2:18:43 AM PDT by Son House ($$Proud Member of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s off to diversity training for him.


17 posted on 10/17/2007 2:20:36 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Blanket statements like this are just stupid and those that think a black could not be much smarter than the writer are self deluded!

I'll bet if he had said,

"inherently gloomy about the prospect of Appalachia" 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",

that you wouldn't bat an eye.

Hell, you'd probably be making jokes about it.

18 posted on 10/17/2007 2:22:33 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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“He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that ‘people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.’”

I smell a lawsuit coming from certain employees/applicants of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


19 posted on 10/17/2007 2:24:07 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: FreedomCalls
Al Gore. Global Warming.

What field is AlGore an expert in?

20 posted on 10/17/2007 2:24:39 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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