Comments: PC Mob Forces Nobel Laureate to Resign in Disgrace

I heard a good debate of this whole Watson deal on Michael Savage.

From what I've heard, Watson's remarks on African intelligence are somewhat justified when you take into account what disease and hunger does to the human brain and IQ over a period of generations.

That said, Watson was a part of the "eugenics movement" that believed in racial purity, sterilizing the sick and mentally ill, and other disturbing viewpoints that came out of the Hitler playbook.

While I wouldn't dismiss and would keep an open mind about Watson's African intelligence views, I don't embrace what this guy stands for wholeheartedly. There's a dark side to him.

Happy Holidays Pam.

Posted by Chris "Lucky Dawg" at November 29, 2007 12:22 AM

Lucky Dawg,

Excellent comment on James Watson and one I would like to expand upon.

Hitler took the playbook from the American Eugenics movement, not the other way around and took it to the extreme in a way only an authoritarian regime could.

As someone whose "heritage" - (http://patrickmead.net/?p=211) is considered suspect, I agree wholeheartedly that eugenics is evil when applied by the state. Or by anyone in a coercive and violent fashion.

Regarding those connections; it was far too easy to come up with linkage of Cold Spring Harbor's past history in the eugenics movement and by implication link Watson's current statement to that time.

One of the current missions of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is to make sure that the history of eugenics is not repeated - as stated on their web site they "apologiZe for their (past)role in such a demoralizing area of research."

Watson in my opinion made a remark based on statistics that there are differences and was railroaded for it by the pc crowd.

Also worth reviewing is this article from the New York Times dated April 7, 1998 on the misuse of genetics - to quote "Dr. Watson shares no part of the eugenicists' belief in coercive policies against those deemed genetically undesirable."

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A04E2DC113AF934A35757C0A96E958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=3

To put it mildly, this is a "contentious" issue.

Posted by husband-dude at November 29, 2007 04:06 PM

If he had made comments about cultural differences rather than intelligence, he might have "slid through". It has been a few years since I read Dr. Thomas Sowell's "Race and Culture", but I think he addressed this issue, again describing cultural nuances (in some African nations, as well as others) rather than directly addressing the intelligence issue.

Posted by joe-6-pack at November 30, 2007 07:17 AM