Friday, 19 October 2007

Nurse! The screens! Quickly!

Dr. James Watson is one of the world’s leading scientists. He (of Watson and Crick fame) discovered the secret of DNA – the famous double helix – for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize. He is also Chancellor of the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He has countless academic papers in human biology to his credit.

So when he speaks on human biology, you need to listen. Here’s what he’s just 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 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. 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."

Elementary, dear Watson, and your Savant has already explained this (check here). Still, these comments attracted attention. For example, Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said “when someone of Dr. Watson’s standing makes such a statement, we should begin to reexamine all our daft social and foreign aid theories. Let’s be honest, everyone knows this, it’s just that we couldn’t bring ourselves to openly admit it”.

Well actually, what Keith Vaz, whose knowledge of science could be comfortably accommodated on the back of one small stamp, said was "it is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments”. And then the clincher – “anti-racism campaigners called for Dr Watson's remarks to be looked at in the context of racial hatred laws”. So if you say someone is less intelligent than another, you hate him.

Needless to say, the aid industry, and the PC thought police swept into action. His sold-out lecture at the science Museum was cancelled on the spot. Makes sense, because it’s vital that you don’t engage with people who know what they’re talking about. Must keep the people in the dark.

Seriously, isn’t it extraordinary that something everyone knows to be true, simply cannot be discussed? That we must persist with the lies and obfuscations?


Georgie Casey said...

And no doubt everyone who agrees with his statement will keep schtum for risk of being called a racialist. He'll be crucified by the hippies.

Anonymous said...

as you say, everyone knows it, but now someone with a reputation has actually said it. let's wait for the explosion.

Anonymous said...

"Let’s be honest, everyone knows this, it’s just that we couldn’t bring ourselves to openly admit it”.

i know "Keith Vaz" didnt say this, but it's exactly the truth.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Pole working and living in Ireland. This development is exactly like Poland under the Communists. If you told 'an inconvenient truth' you suffered just as watson is now suffereing. And the various lackeys and 'peers' join in the attack as they watch theor own careers

Anonymous said...

Maybe so. But think about how it could be used in the wrong hands