So it's Day 2 into that "People are more likely to believe gossip than they are actual facts," story, which is conveniently being used on the morning programs to explain America's obsession with celebrity tabloids although it might be more useful towards explaining why 40% of Americans or whatever still believe Saddam Hussein helped orchestrate 9/11 or why vast swaths of the Middle East can deny the Holocaust — although hey, who wants to hear about facts when Larry Craig is defending his heterosexuality on TV? — when what pops across my web browser but... a story about Nobel prize-winning double helix discoverer James Watson. Like Ann Coulter, he has a new book out! And according to all the reviews, he's quite the "gossip." Which might explain his latest statements:
The 79-year-old geneticist said 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." He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true".
WTF, Mr. Watson? Wethinks someone is overdue for the Bill O'Reilly Tour Of Harlem!
After all, if someone as inclined as Bill to reject basically all factual information in favor of nebulous strains of whatevphemera that support his own preexisting prejudices can find enough anecdotal evidence to actually change his mind about black people over the course of a mere half-generation, there's still hope for someone who has heard of the "scientific method", right? Maybe it's time to hire a new, evolved, black employee to erase the memory of the other insubordinate black employee who alienated you because you were such a racist shithead?
*And wait! "all our policies" have sort of been predicated on the notion that whose intelligence is the same as ours? Because here in America we have long predicated all our policies on the notion that no one's intelligence is the same as ours. It gets us into trouble sometimes!
He has been reported in the past saying that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual.
In addition, he has suggested a link between skin colour and sex drive, proposing a theory that black people have higher libidos.
He also claimed that beauty could be genetically manufactured, saying: "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
Oh fuck, you know, whatever, he'll be dead soon and from all anecdotal evidence I've gathered I would hold out hope that the two sons who inherited his DNA are not genetically bound to be irredeemable bigots.
Top Scientist Claims Black People 'Stupid' [Times of London]