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World-renowned scientist stripped of titles after linking race and IQ

The famous American molecular biologist James Watson has lost his academic honorary titles after statements on the difference in intelligence between blacks and whites.

Published: January 15, 2019, 7:37 am

    His former employer, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, located near New York, said Watson’s recent statements were “reckless” and “unfounded,” the BBC reported. The world-renowned geneticist, has now lost all of his honorary titles which include: Chancellor Emeritus, Oliver R. Grace Professor Emeritus and Honorary Trustee, for refusing to back down.

    Watson said in a TV interview in early in January that genes were responsible for the difference in black and white intelligence scores.

    Already in 2007, the scientist, who is considered one of the pioneers of DNA research, told the Sunday Times that he was very pessimistic about the future of Africa. His assertions about the “inherently gloomy” future of the African continent, was met with outrage at the time.

    Because “all our social policies are based on the assumption that their intelligence is the same as ours, even though all the tests say that this is not really true”.

    In the wake of the controversy, Watson lost his post as Chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He later apologized in writing for his statement and was given back his honorary title and position.

    In 2014, the Nobel Prize winner of 1962 sold his prize medal due to financial difficulties. Watson’s money problems came about as a result of the ostracism he had to face within the scientific community because of his statements linking race and intelligence.

    When questioned about it, he told the PBS documentary that his views had not changed. “Not at all. I would like for them to have changed, that there be new knowledge that says that your nurture is much more important than nature,” the scientist said.

    Titled American Masters: Decoding Watson, the documentary includes comments by Watson. “There’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it’s genetic.”

    Watson’s son Rufus defended his father who is 90, and in a nursing home following a car crash in October. “My dad’s statements might make him out to be a bigot and discriminatory, but that’s not true. They just represent his rather narrow interpretation of genetic destiny.”

    He added: “My dad had made the lab his life, and yet now the lab considers him a liability.”

    Surprisingly, leftists forcefully argue that genes make people gay, fat, transsexual or tall, but when linking genes to racial traits it is considered a “pseudoscience”.


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