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James D. Watson (1928)

Watson is an American biologist who, with Francis Crick, researched the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) at Cambridge in the 1950s. Their findings earned them the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Watson later became director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and served as director of the National Center for Human Genome Research, which undertook the Human Genome Project. What landmark non-fiction book did Watson write in 1968? More...
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In 1968, Watson wrote The Double Helix, one of the Modern Library's 100 Best Nonfiction books. The book details the sometimes painful story of not only the discovery of the structure of DNA, but also the personalities, conflicts and controversy surrounding their work. Watson's original title was to have been "Honest Jim", in that the book recounts the discovery of the double helix from his point of view and included many of his private emotional impressions at the time. The book changed the way the public viewed scientists and the way they work.
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Though rasied a Roman Catholic by his Irish mother Watson said, "The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was that my father didn't believe in God."
Watson raised a uproar with the following comment: he said 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."
He sounds like Larry Summers who said women can' do math.
Both statements are not based on scientific truth.
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"Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles."
— James Watson
Molecular Biology of the Gene (1970)
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Thank you for that snippet of information Marquerite. I won't bother reading anything further about someone who thinks negatively about a whole race of people (from whom we all originate). It is amazing how so-called 'intelligent' people come out with these conclusions.

Perhaps they would like to level the playing field and do tests that do not favour the supposedly superior race.
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You're all brilliant. Thank you for your posts.

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