Geneticist Apologizes To Africa; It Was All A Case Of Wishing He Was A Jew

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Hey, remember how double helix discoverer and nasty old Nobel laureate James Watson thinks black people are stupid and all homos and ugly women deserve to be aborted? Well, now he says he doesn't actually believe all of that. "To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief," is his new line. Which is not to say that he doesn't think scientists should look for one, according to today's "What I've Learned" feature on the Esquire website, which can be summarized thusly: "The world would be so much better if everyone just had my DNA, or alternately, that of the Ashkenazi Jews, who are so much smarter than everyone else it is only natural and warranted that people hate them, because they have all the money, and we should probably pay them even more money since they are greedy and that is how you motivate these people, to have more children."

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It's all because he desires world peace! "If you could make people with ten-point-higher IQs, we'd probably have fewer wars," he says. Not to mention, way better weapons!

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What I've Learned [Esquire]
Nobel-Winning Biologist Apologizes For Being Worse Than O'Reilly [CNN]

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Meh, it will take me awhile to work up the stomach to read his ramblings (What I've Learned, blahblahblah) - but NO, Watson; your ravings did not make me "draw the inference that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior", it made me draw the inference that YOU think so, and that you are a racist.

According to the excellent PBS documentary "Secret of Photo 51" [www.pbs.org] , he and Crick used data collected by a woman scientist named Rosalind Franklin, stolen by Maurice Wilkins - she was the first person to photograph the double helix structure and after several of their previous mistakes, this led to their being able to figure out how DNA worked, leading to their Nobel Prize (which Wilkins shared, grrr). She never knew what Wilkins did and since the Nobel is never awarded to dead people, she was not named in the award. Although Crick confesses to their "patronizing attitude" towards her, some speculate that she never would have been a co-awardee.