Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dr. Watson, Dementia I Presume

London's Science Museum canceled a talk by Nobel Prize-winning geneticist James Watson after the Long Island-based scientist told a newspaper that Africans and Europeans had different levels of intelligence.

Watson, a world-renowned scientist who co-discovered the structure of the DNA molecule - one of the 20th century's greatest scientific finds - has been quoted in a London newspaper saying Africans are less intelligent than Europeans, prompting a backlash from researchers, even those at his own Long Island laboratory.

Watson, 79, who won the 1962 Nobel Prize for medicine for his groundbreaking project with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, has been a director at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for 50 years.

He was quoted in the Oct. 14 issue of The Sunday Times saying he feels "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" since "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really."

"Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory does not engage in any research that could even form the basis of the statements attributed to Dr. Watson," it continued.

Watson, who has made eyebrow-raising comments on race and gender in the recent past, could not be reached for comment. In 2000, he told an audience at the University of California at Berkeley that there is a correlation between skin pigmentation and sex drive, saying melanin content increases sex drive.

And he also said ... That's why you have Latin lovers. You've never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient." ... in a 2000 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, on his perceived correlation between skin pigmentation and sex drive, saying melanin content increases sex drive. "I've never read the Bible, so I'm not sure I've missed much." Watson, arguing in 2003 that the book of the DNA sequence would eventually be more relevant to human life than the Bible.

--------- Will blog more on above topic, as soon as I can get my dumbass out of bed and cease having nonstop nympho sex with my Sicilian (latin lover) husband.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really."

Just another prize excuse to justify the aristocats testing everyone else. I think its "all the testing" that needs to be re-examined, along with this idiot's head. And the "not really" is an eyebrow raiser - guess that means that many passed their tricky little test.

Kathy F.

Anonymous said...

Just because his scientific findings are politically incorrect does not mean that he is wrong. Saying Africans have a different intelligence does not mean tney have less. He said different not less. There are different types of intelligence. Plus even if he meant Africans have less intelligence, Africa's political and social state is devastating. Political correctness cannot be used to block science, neither should religion or government. Just deal with the facts and allow science to proceed for once. Even if you don't agree with it, or it hurts your feelings. Maybe we are not all the same, some are obviously smarter than others, races are different each with a different form of intelligence. I do feel hornier after tanning on the beach by the way, however, i AM latin.

Michael Beltran said...

Just because his scientific findings are politically incorrect does not mean that he is wrong. Saying Africans have a different intelligence does not mean tney have less. He said different not less. There are different types of intelligence. Plus even if he meant Africans have less intelligence, Africa's political and social state is devastating. Political correctness cannot be used to block science, neither should religion or government. Just deal with the facts and allow science to proceed for once. Even if you don't agree with it, or it hurts your feelings. Maybe we are not all the same, some are obviously smarter than others, races are different each with a different form of intelligence. I do feel hornier after tanning on the beach by the way, however, i AM latin.

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