In a classic case of a smart person being dumb, Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, claimed that black people are less intelligent than whites. Here’s the story:
The eminent biologist told the British newspaper 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.”
In the newspaper interview, he said there was no reason to think that races which had grown up in separate geographical locations should have evolved identically. He went on to say that although he hoped everyone was equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.
It sounds like he made a statement and was given a chance to correct and clarify it and then dug the hole deeper. It is pretty sad that someone so smart could be so ignorant, not only of the socio-political connotations of his statement but that it is scientifically invalid. IQ testing has long be criticized as being culturally biased and being a largely inaccurate measure of raw intelligence, particularly when it comes to demographic groups. Plus he appeals to ancedotal evidence of what some employers had said to him.
Well, there is plenty of ignorance in the human race sometimes and Dr. Watson sure enough proved it, didn’t he?
What are your thoughts on this?