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  • Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory revoked the honorary titles held by its longtime leader James D. Watson on Friday, describing as “unsubstantiated and reckless” his recent remarks about genetic differences in intelligence among racial groups.

    Dr. Watson, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, had apologized after making similar comments to a British newspaper in 2007. At the time, he was forced to retire from his job as chancellor at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island, but he has retained his office there, as well as the titles of chancellor emeritus, Oliver R. Grace professor emeritus and honorary trustee. The graduate school of biological sciences at the research center is named for Dr. Watson, and the laboratory held a 90th birthday party for him last spring.

    For the past decade the laboratory, like much of the scientific community, has engaged in a delicate balancing act with regard to Dr. Watson: holding him at arm’s length for reinforcing unfounded racial stereotypes, while still honoring him for his contributions to science. Dr. Watson, with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin, helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953, and he went on to help to shape the subsequent revolution in molecular biology.

    But his recent comments “effectively reverse the written apology and retraction Dr. Watson made in 2007,” and “require the severing of any remaining vestiges of his involvement,” Cold Spring Harbor’s chief executive, Bruce Stillman, and its board of trustees chairwoman, Marilyn Simons, said in a statement.

    Dr. Watson’s new comments came in an on-camera interview with Mark Mannucci, the producer of a documentary that aired last weekon PBS as part of its “American Masters” series, which profiles individuals who have made a major contribution to American culture. In the film, Dr. Watson references a view that average I.Q. differences between blacks and whites reflect underlying genetic differences shaped by natural selection.

    But leading geneticists say that even modern DNA studies are currently unable to validate such hypotheses about differences between human populations.

    Mr. Mannucci said he had made it clear to Dr. Watson from the outset that the film would address the controversy over his 2007 remarks. Dr. Watson is recovering from a car accident, and his family members did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    “Dr. Watson’s statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science, and in no way represent the views of C.S.H.L., its trustees, faculty, staff, or students,” the laboratory’s statement said.

    Michael Wigler, a veteran molecular biologist at the laboratory, said that Dr. Watson’s views on race were not newsworthy in the first place.

    “It is not news when a ninety year old man who has lost cognitive inhibition, and has drifted that way for decades as he aged, speaks from his present mind,” Dr. Wigler wrote in an email. “It is not a moment for reflection. It is merely a peek into a corner of this nation’s subconscious, and a strong whiff of its not-well-shrouded past secrets.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/s...-genetics.html
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

  • #2
    "Lost cognitive function"

    Sounds like somebody we know...
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    • #3
      So his old eugenics shop finally gave him the boot.

      dudes always been a raging asshole.
      They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
      -Mr. Raceboy

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      • #4
        I've never heard of this guy before.

        Pete (supposes he can't really comment on his comments)

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        • #5
          He’s not racist. He’s just senile!

          He’s probably working on a very scientific study about how Africans are still running from lions.
          "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jester View Post
            So his old eugenics shop finally gave him the boot.

            dudes always been a raging asshole.
            He basically stole the credit for discovering DNA from this lady:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin
            "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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            • #7
              Yup
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jared View Post

                He basically stole the credit for discovering DNA from this lady:
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin
                Stole is a strong word. From what I'm reading he flat out said at his Nobel Prize acceptance speech that Franklin should be getting the award and would have gotten it if she was still alive.

                Pete (doesn't think that fits the character of a technology thief)

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                • #9
                  He refused to put her name on his paper that was based on her unpublished data that she did not give him.
                  They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
                  -Mr. Raceboy

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                  • #10
                    He's old enough to be one of the actual eugenicists.
                    I'm for defending all rights for everyone.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jester View Post
                      He refused to put her name on his paper that was based on her unpublished data that she did not give him.
                      In other words, he only gave her credit after he got caught.

                      Pete (laughs)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by skooly View Post
                        "Lost cognitive function"

                        Sounds like somebody we know...
                        Say what?
                        At the precipice, we change!
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                        • #13
                          Using the term "lost" implies that Trump ever had cognitive function.
                          "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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