Oh my, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA is once again creating controversy with his politically incorrect ideas. Once again I have tomostly agree with him (though I’m not absolutely sure about the quantifier all in “all our social policies”):
Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that 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 there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.
But of course the rabid PC-crowd doesn’t wantto allow such rare sanity to go unpunished and there always seem to be someone defending the politically correct delusions:
Steven Rose, a professor of biological sciences at the Open University and a founder member of the Society for Social Responsibility in Science, said: “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.”
That’s of course simply ridiculous considering all the many IQ-studies that indicate otherwise even ignoring other kind of evidence. Now if sanity would prevail Dr Rose would be out of jobrealsoon but somehow I don’t think that’s likely.
UPDATE: And now Watson has apparently caved in under social pressure and apologized. Some commentary provided by Jared Taylor is also available. That’s sad but hardly any real reason to think he wasn’t speaking honestlybasedonhisscientificunderstanding the first time.