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O.M.G. – awkward October 18, 2007

Filed under: misc — himbly @ 1:01 am

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Watson as in the famous Watson and Crick…those who brought you DNA. Well, they didn’t bring you DNA…they just told you that you it was all twisty. Anyway…guess what I just read:

Dr James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, was due to speak at the venue on Friday.

okay…cool. He’s probably have lots to say…go on…

But the museum has cancelled the event, saying Dr Watson’s views go “beyond the point of acceptable debate”.

goodness! What? But he’s such an important scientific figure!

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 79-year-old 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”.

*blink blink*…uh…what?

He went on to say he hoped everyone was equal but that “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true”.


Holy crap, really? Dang. I hate when scholars/anyone get all weird like that. It’s a shame, really. Thanks for the double helix, blathering racist old man.

For the record, I still think they should have let him talk. Let him prove himself to be out of his league with the “tests have shown” and the “black employees” crap.


Turns out I didn’t read the last paragraph…

The scientist has courted controversy in the past, saying that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child

oh? yes? you are a feminist, though? oh, I see…you’re not finished…

if tests could determine it would be homosexual.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…oh, gramps. You get me every time.


Greg Laden weighs in:

I assert, here and now, that Dr. Watson’s remarks indicate that he is of substandard intelligence. I say this because he must know better … he is a scientist who has worked in ancillary areas, and there is simply no way that he is not familiar with the relevant scientific literature. Therefore, he must be stupid. At least, that is what the empirical evidence strongly suggests at this point.

Thanks to Greg Laden, the author of this article. You should read it.

via pharyngula


3 Responses to “O.M.G. – awkward”

  1. tom Says:

    a fact has one inate attribute. It must be true. If it is not, it does not qualify as a fact. There are no sad facts, happy facts, raciest facts etc. All adverbs or adjectives associated with facts reside in the eye of the observer and are not an inate attribute of the fact.

    What Watson said is a fact. None of the outrage is based on anythng other than feelings. The results of the Wechsler and the Stanford Binet have been know for decades. The anger directed at Dr. Watson is based on White embarrassment in the presence of the facts.

  2. himbly Says:

    No. It is not fact. That is the point.

  3. himbly Says:

    Just a sec. I was thinking a bit more about what you said.

    Are you telling me that because of ‘results known for decades’ of an IQ test (which we all know are not actually good measures of intelligence) that what Watson said about ‘blacks’ being less intelligent is true? Just to clarify…

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