Thursday, October 18, 2007

Race and Biology (or, here we go again)

I generally attribute more of our behavior as humans to evolutionary biology than many of my equally-left friends are comfortable doing. But this is bananas.

The Independent reports today that old school scientific racism is not dead. American James Watson, 79 and a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, has been (perhaps intentionally) generating controversy with remarks like "[I'm] 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". Though we wish all peoples were equally intelligent, Watson says, "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true". Yes, I said he won the Nobel prize.

This is not a first for the guy -- he's also questioned women's biological capacity for intelligence and alluded to aborting gay babies.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

awesome. old school is the new new school. i myself very often question my own biological capacity for intelligence.

he's 79. the grip reaper will come to harvest his superior white ass soon enough.

Anonymous said...

yeah. that would be griM. heh.

Aaliyah--back from the dead said...

i'm always surprised when other people are surprised by the racism of the allegedly smart.

alexandra said...

just found out last week that mr. Nobel invented dynamite (finding a horrific use for mostly useless nitroglycerine), and only repented and started the whole peace prize flight-of-fancy when the press jumped on a rumor that he was dead, and he was all embarrassed by reading countless obituaries that summed him up as "the dude that brought us mass-scale modern carnage, that fucking prick" (im paraphrasing a bit here).