View Full Version : Nobel Prize winner James Watson: "I'm Senile, I'll Go Away Now"

Oct 26th, 2007, 02:23 AM

After racist remarks, Nobel winner quits lab

Watson sparked furor with comments about intelligence levels of blacks

NEW YORK - James Watson, the Nobel laureate who sparked an international furor last week with comments about intelligence levels among blacks, has retired from his post at a prestigious research institution.
Watson, 79, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York announced his departure Thursday. Watson was chancellor of the institution, and his retirement was effective immediately.
Watson was widely condemned last week for remarks he made in the Sunday Times Magazine of London on Oct. 14. A profile quoted him as saying that he's "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 that while he hopes everyone is equal, "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true." He also said people should not be discriminated against on the basis of color, because "there are many people of color who are very talented."

He later apologized.

In his statement Thursday, Watson said that because of his age, his retirement was "more than overdue. The circumstances in which this transfer is occurring, however, are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired."
Can't say I'm sorry to see him go.

Oct 26th, 2007, 03:50 AM
He said that while he hopes everyone is equal, "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true."

That's the quote that kills me :haha:

There's no explaining away that one. :tape:

Oct 26th, 2007, 05:15 AM
I was needlessly flippant in my thread title. This is a tragedy, especially in these days when the imprimatur of 'science' is too often for sale to the highest bidder. This is James Fucking Watson, not some corporate shill or high school biology teacher. The fact that those were his beliefs will reverberate for decades, providing a foundation, however tenuous, for those of similiar misconceptions.

Oct 26th, 2007, 05:38 AM
Shit, until high school students can get chicks by getting A's in Science and Math...

...:hehehe: do I really have to continue?

Oct 26th, 2007, 07:15 AM
they are gonna have to promote some negroes now. else, an eeoc complaint might be comin. :lick: cuz now they know why they never got ahead. talk about creating a hostile work environment.