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DNA pioneer James Watson, 90 Stripped of Honors for saying that genes and race determine IQ

By: dayan (M) |Time : January 14, 2019, 07:58:51 PM
A Noble prize-winning scientist has been stripped of his honorary titles at a lab after doubling down on his 'reprehensible' views on intelligence and race.

James Watson, 90, who shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering that DNA was a double helix, lost his job in 2007 for expressing racist views.

On Friday January 11 he was stripped of several honorary titles by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in New York, which he once headed.

The lab said it was reacting to Mr Watson's remarks in a television documentary aired earlier this month.

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James Watson, 90, has had his honorary titles at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in New York, stripped after he made comments about race and intelligence on a documentary

In the film, Watson said his views about intelligence and race had not changed since 2007, when he told a magazine 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 - where all the testing says not really.'

In the 2007 interview, Watson said that while he hopes everyone is equal, 'people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.'

In this month's documentary, he said genes cause a difference on average between black people and white people on IQ tests.

The laboratory, calling the latest remarks 'reprehensible' and 'unsupported by science,' said they effectively reversed Mr Watson's 2007 written apology and retraction.

It said it had revoked three honorary titles, including chancellor emeritus and honorary trustee.

Mr Watson had long been associated with the lab, becoming its director in 1968, its president in 1994 and its chancellor 10 years later. A school at the lab is named after him.


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Re: DNA pioneer James Watson, 90 Stripped of Honors for saying that genes and race determine IQ

By: dayan (M) |Time : January 14, 2019, 08:10:13 PM
This is one of those controversial topics that would need deep reflection and input.

To summarize, I'd say that the man is partially correct, but not for the reasons he gives.
To accept his conclusions, as is, would be to say that a human being (any human being) has been able to decipher ALL facts of creation, which even all the quantum supercomputers in existence cannot fathom.

What pains me is the fact that Africans validate these types of conclusions almost on a daily basis.
For example, how can a rational person explain the type of leaders (Presidents) that the largest black country in the world has constantly produced?
And to further validate such conclusions, you see supposed intellectuals defending totally retarded leaders.

Well, the only thing I know for a fact is that the world has never been static.

Nations rise and fall. Races rise and fall as well.
To think that a "blackish" group (The Moors) conquered and ruled parts of "whitish" Europe for 700 years should give cause for a pause on these types of conclusions.

A truly wise and intelligent intellectual knows that he knows nothing about this world.
That's all there is to know really.

Re: DNA pioneer James Watson, 90 Stripped of Honors for saying that genes and race determine IQ

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : January 15, 2019, 06:29:00 AM
I disagree with these man's verdict, I believe all men are created with the ability to develop equally irrespective of their races. There are some factors that affect IQ, and the environmental factors are the most critical. If all races are given same attention, same equipments, same training etc I believe the black race won't lag behind. A man is a product of his environment, that's why an African born in advance countries thinks more or less like the white people and sometimes perform better than them.

Re: DNA pioneer James Watson, 90 Stripped of Honors for saying that genes and race determine IQ

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : January 16, 2019, 02:48:13 AM
Puny thoughts...

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