James Watson Absurdity


I named my blog after one of the two strands of DNA but when the co-founder of that double helical structure, Dr. James Watson makes such racist comments, then I have to write this blog condemning those comments. For all those who don’t know what happened here is the story.

Dr. James Watson, Nobel laureate(1962), was supposed to give a presentation at London Science Museum, where he made this comments to The Sunday Times about African prospects:

“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 went on to add:

“people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true”

Well as expected, this led to wide spread condemnation from scientific community and Dr. Watson’s talk at Science Museum was cancelled.

Coming from a person who is in a profession that is expected to work for benefit of people (a point which is itself debatable in present world), these comments defy all the norms of scientific behavior. I believe this incident calls for more serious actions on Dr. Watson. You can say that “more awards come with more responsibility”. So if one wins a Nobel Prize then he can’t be allowed to make such absurd comments and then mask them as a scientific fact when we all know that there is no scientific basis to that statement.

To summarize I stand with another great scientist Dr. Craig Venter’s comments on the issue:


“Skin colour as a surrogate for race is a social concept not a scientific one, There is no basis in scientific fact or in the human genetic code for the notion that skin colour will be predictive of intelligence”

For news stories on issue, click here.



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