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Even top scientists can be really stupid

October 17, 2007

Stupid old white man claims Whites are cleverer than Blacks.

James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, claims that Black people are less intelligent than Whites.

Here’s the Daily Mail:

The 79-year-old geneticist 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”.

He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.

Science is supposed to enlighten us, but often I am less than impressed. The high priests of our age often seem dangerously out of touch, and I am always suspicious of claims made by scientists.

I believe in the method of science, but I’m wary of the agendas, prejudices and bigotry of scientists. Watson just proves that even really intelligent people put their prejudices before facts.

This is made worse by the kind of people – Big Pharma, I’m looking in your direction – who fund a lot of scientific research. I am sure this has an effect on results.

Then, of course, there’s the way the media reports scientific findings.

But seriously: how can a top scientist be stupid enough to believe that the colour of your skin affects your intelligence, and back it up by saying “people who have to deal with Black employees” know this to be true? Rigorous testing of the evidence, anyone?

Well, another to blow the myth of white superiority out of the water.

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