For years there have been so-called stereo-types about students innate abilities. Asian students score so much better at college testing, that even Harvard may have attempted reverse discrimination. Are these students brighter? Or is it cultural. Then we read that Jews may be genetically I.Q superior? The inference that certain groups of people have a better chance at being successful at life. As science continues its advancement, it is clear this discussion is a no-no in the P.C. culture in which we live.
Yet in all of this, up to now, this discussion took a pass at outrage until it came to 90-year-old James Watson making his statements. Sad, considering his accomplishment was one of the greatest of the last century.
Distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner James Watson was stripped of several honorary titles after suggesting our genetic makeup cause differences in IQ tests.
A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary.
James Watson, who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s based on the work of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, said in a PBS film that genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests.
The 90-year-old’s comments were labeled “reprehensible” by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on New York’s Long Island, where Watson had been the director from 1968 to 1993[…]
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