Thursday, October 18, 2007

This is what happens when human beings are not considered intrinsically equal

LONDON, October 18, 2007 ( – Geneticist James Watson, who received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA, is considered one of the world’s most eminent scientists, but his qualifications as a social philosopher are being questioned. The 79 year-old Watson, in preparation for a speaking tour of the UK, has created an uproar after telling the Sunday Times this week that black people are less intelligent than whites and that the idea that “equal powers of reason” are shared across racial groups was a delusion.

Watson arrived in Britain today to publicise his latest book, “Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science”. Watson told the Sunday Times he is “inherently gloomy” about Africa’s prospects. He said, “All our social policies [towards African nations] are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

People say Christians are dangerous for being people of faith. One concept that's very important in my faith is that all human beings share the same fixed human nature, and are therefore equal.

When you abandon that central idea, a form of social hygiene develops. Some people are naturally smarter, more attractive, more "advanced" than others, therefore some people are more deserving of life.

Watson is a vocal critic of religion. People think being religious makes you a nutjob and being secular makes you automatically reasonable. Here's proof that's bunk.

Oh yeah:

His stated goal is nothing less than the genetic re-designing of the human species using what he calls “inheritable genetic modification,” to create, by tampering with human beings at the embryonic stage, controlled genetic traits that would carry on through successive generations. Watson told attendees at a at a 1998 UCLA conference, “if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we do it? What's wrong with it? Who is telling us not to it?”

In his 2003 book, “DNA: The Secret of Life,” Watson advocated experimentation on human subjects, even if it put their lives at risk: “The start of human experimentation will require resolute courage; the promise of enormous benefit won't be fulfilled except through experiments that will ultimately put some lives at risk.”

I usually avoid analogies with the Nazis, but OMG, this really does sound like Nazism, through and through.

Another strong proponent of social hygiene was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. What a coincidence.



Watson apologizes.

It doesn't sound very sincere, though. He has a history of prejudicial opinions.

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