Out of Africa
October 17, 2007 2:24 PM   Subscribe

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, has 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."
posted by four panels (13 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I am inherently gloomy about this double's prospects. -- cortex

posted by mrnutty at 2:26 PM on October 17, 2007

Oh, Watson, you nut!
posted by Neilopolis at 2:32 PM on October 17, 2007

Too bad it's a double, this post was much clearer and more informative. Also too bad that Metafilter doesn't support merging.
posted by ducksauce at 2:33 PM on October 17, 2007

Scroll down.
posted by rtha at 2:35 PM on October 17, 2007

It's weird-- I feel like I've read about the racist statements of James Watson at least a dozen times before on MeFi, but searching turns up nothing. Either way, it's not exactly breaking news, not that it need be to be on the front page.
posted by koeselitz at 2:35 PM on October 17, 2007

I wish I had said:
double helix
posted by mrnutty at 2:36 PM on October 17, 2007

Why must there be a victor? Why can't these posts just get along?
posted by CynicalKnight at 2:36 PM on October 17, 2007

I hear Crick thought Mexicans were lazy.
posted by pardonyou? at 2:38 PM on October 17, 2007

last comment.
posted by Stynxno at 2:39 PM on October 17, 2007

I'm inherently gloomy about that prospect, Stynx.
posted by box at 2:43 PM on October 17, 2007


This goes hand in hand with my theory that children who are malnourished, ruled over by despotic warlords, forced to mine diamonds at gunpoint and/or attacked by men with machetes tend to do poorly on tests.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 2:46 PM on October 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

Metafilter's posting policy is based on the fact that all the members are intelligent. The testing says not really.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 2:47 PM on October 17, 2007

What an asshole! I heard Rosalind Franklin deeply loved all Africans and thought they were of superior intelligence but died before her thoughts on Africans could be recorded!
posted by inoculatedcities at 2:49 PM on October 17, 2007

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