James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on DNA, caused a furor with his comments that appeared in the London Times. Watson stated that “he was extremely 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 testing says not really.” He noted it was natural to believe all humans are equal in intelligence but “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” His new book will argue that capacities of people who have been separated geographically have significant differences. In 1997, Watson created a storm of protest when he told a British newspaper that a woman should have a right to abort an unborn child if it could be determined the child would turn out to be homosexual.
The remarks of James Watson merely reveals an old truism — people with book learning can be as stupid as those who have no education. It would require several volumes in order to respond to his lack of knowledge about history and human migration. Egypt, an African nation, for a few thousand years dominated large areas of the world and was much further advanced than white European barbarians. It would require many pages to list the names of black writers, artists, scientists, and leaders. A fundamental misunderstanding is his lack of knowledge regarding human migrations. All humans came out of Africa. We have been wandering back and forth across this planet for thousands of years. After all, inhabitants of the western hemisphere originally came from Asia. I’m glad Mr. Watson never had to deal with an employee such as Nelson Mandela, I guess he would have preferred the more intelligent Adolf Hitler. As for his remarks about aborting potential “homosexuals” it boggles my mind to find a response that could be stated in polite English.