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17 October 2007

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Liz

The Watson quote is from an interview with The Sunday Times, and it gives a little more context:

"He says that he is "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", and I know that this "hot potato" is going to be difficult to address. His hope is that everyone is equal, but he counters that "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true". He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because "there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level". He writes that "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"."

Susan Marie Groppi

So basically, no, it's not any better when it's in a full context. That's unfortunate.

pica

Susan! I posted the first of a series of reflections on the Watson thing at my newish Wordpress site (see link below). I have no idea if they'll all go up, or if I will sensibly decide to write my seminar papers instead. (28 years old... writing seminar papers... in the Land of Eternal Youth... We should, like, hang out at the mall sometime soon, yeah? Maybe with that boy I have the crush on.)

JessieSS

Nope, Watson is a crackpot and has been for a while. There's a Nature editorial--I'll try to find it--saying pretty much that.

Tragically, Crick thinks maybe DNA came from outer space, so you can't even take sides.

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