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Article posted Oct 17 2007, 1:15 PM Category: Brave New World Source: The Independent Print

Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners

Celebrated scientist attacked for race comments: "All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really"
By Cahal Milmo


One of the world's most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that "equal powers of reason" were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

The newly formed Equality and Human Rights Commission, successor to the Commission for Racial Equality, said it was studying Dr Watson's remarks " in full". 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".

His views are also reflected in a book published next week, in which he writes: "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so."

The furore echoes the controversy created in the 1990s by The Bell Curve, a book co-authored by the American political scientist Charles Murray, which suggested differences in IQ were genetic and discussed the implications of a racial divide in intelligence. The work was heavily criticised across the world, in particular by leading scientists who described it as a work of " scientific racism".

Dr Watson arrives in Britain today for a speaking tour to publicise his latest book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science. Among his first engagements is a speech to an audience at the Science Museum organised by the Dana Centre, which held a discussion last night on the history of scientific racism.

Critics of Dr Watson said there should be a robust response to his views across the spheres of politics and science. Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments. I am sure the scientific community will roundly reject what appear to be Dr Watson's personal prejudices.

"These comments serve as a reminder of the attitudes which can still exists at the highest professional levels."

The American scientist earned a place in the history of great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century when he worked at the University of Cambridge in the 1950s and 1960s and formed part of the team which discovered the structure of DNA. He shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for medicine with his British colleague Francis Crick and New Zealand-born Maurice Wilkins.

But despite serving for 50 years as a director of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory on Long Island, considered a world leader in research into cancer and genetics, Dr Watson has frequently courted controversy with some of his views on politics, sexuality and race. The respected journal Science wrote in 1990: "To many in the scientific community, Watson has long been something of a wild man, and his colleagues tend to hold their collective breath whenever he veers from the script."

In 1997, he told a British newspaper that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual. He later insisted he was talking about a "hypothetical" choice which could never be applied. He has also suggested a link between skin colour and sex drive, positing the theory that black people have higher libidos, and argued in favour of genetic screening and engineering on the basis that " stupidity" could one day be cured. He has claimed that beauty could be genetically manufactured, saying: "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would great."

The Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory said yesterday that Dr Watson could not be contacted to comment on his remarks.

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."

Anti-racism campaigners called for Dr Watson's remarks to be looked at in the context of racial hatred laws. A spokesman for the 1990 Trust, a black human rights group, said: "It is astonishing that a man of such distinction should make comments that seem to perpetuate racism in this way. It amounts to fuelling bigotry and we would like it to be looked at for grounds of legal complaint."





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Humpty Dumpty

Posted: Oct 17 2007, 7:39 PM

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88111 Has he got a point? To say that they are'nt differences is a lie, if you say they are, your veiwed as a rascist, how can you win. Common sense tells you that they are differences, acknowledging the truth is not rascist, peole need too forget about political correctness and just tell it how it is, no matter how touchy feely the subject is perceived to be. The score on an IQ test does not make you more or less human, black people dance better than whites, people say that all the time, nobody calls that rascist. Southeast asians are more prone too depression than most other races, too say this would not be considerd rascist. Every race has a character of its own, everyone is unique, why do people always bang on about equality, as long as everybody is treat with equal respect, i see no problem. Why cant we just accept our differences, black, white and everything inbetween.
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 18 2007, 12:58 AM

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71104 Of course there are cultural differences between races, but not in the form of intelligence. You can not say that being "white" makes you smarter than blacks or any other race. If you sample a group of upper class whites vs. lower class blacks, of course you will see a higher level of intelligence. That doesn't mean that genetically there is an issue. Same thing applies to "blacks" supposedly dancing better than whites or jumping higher.
Our brains are not wired differently, although some may use a higher percentatge than others. It's ignorance and the desire to justify racism, which leads to these ridiculous studies.
Skunk

Posted: Oct 18 2007, 6:23 AM

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By making a sweeping generalization like that, he is showing that his own mind is not as sharp as it once was.

I'll admit that we are more violent. I'd prefer to believe the violence was cultural and not genetic. I want to believe that if we could remove all the Black children from their negligent parents they would grow up to be smart useful people.

I fear that hip hop culture will prevail, and the great things we fought for in the past will be in vain. It seems we are returning to 1930s eugenics, and the majority of us don't even see it coming.
tjcoop

Posted: Oct 18 2007, 11:13 AM

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717 It has long been postured that IQ tests are biased in that they test skills that are considered more important in some cultures than others. That alone may be the reason for any supposed differences.
Personally, I know some very "smart" people that were just plain evil. I have also known many people with average to lower IQ's that are kind and generous. One's true value rarely has anything to do with one's congnative ability alone.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 15 2008, 1:07 AM

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202180 Is it possible that Blacks are less intelligent that whites? Yes, of course it is possible. Just like it's possible for them to develop different bodies and temperments and skin colour etc. The only reason why we can't be scientifically matter-of-fact about this issue is because we put so much fundamental value on intelligence, even though it is, at the end of the day, just a mass of integrated memories.

He might be right or he might be wrong - keep to the scientific matter of facts of it!

Oh, and I must say, Blacks show every incidental sign of being less intelligent, right down to the lack of subtlety of their facial expressions and vocal tones. That is not a racist thing to say, because it is simply true.

The real question is as follows: Should we care? Does a little less brain power really have to be the measure of the man?
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