Im not sure what to make of this in all honesty. Pub Philosopher suggests that the following was inevitable. I wonder if this isnt simply more media hyped issues presented as race crises to provoke heated controversy all round. The Science Museum has cancelled Friday’s talk by Dr James Watson, the scientist who, together with Francis Crick, discovered the DNA double helix. The museum banned him because of his comments in this interview with the Sunday Times.
He says that he is “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”, and I know that this “hot potato” is going to be difficult to address. His hope is that everyone is equal, but he counters that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”. He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level”. He writes that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”.
He goes on: The Equality and Human Rights Commission says that it is considering Dr Watson’s remarks, presumably to see if it can get him under any of the UK’s race-hate laws, and the 1990 Trust is demanding that he apologise to “Africa and all people of African origin”.
He also points out that every time a scientist advances such a hypothesis he is silenced
Do you agree with Susan Greenfield who commented
Nothing should stop you ascertaining the scientific truth; science must be free of concerns about gender and race.