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With James D. Watson back in the news, it's worth pointing out that his older and probably even more brilliant partner in the discovery of the structure of DNA, the late Francis Crick, was also a crimethinker about race and intelligence. Back on my blog in 2008, I excerpted letters written by Crick strongly defending... Read More
Once again in Slate, William Saletan has an article about the Emmanuel Goldstein of 21st Century America:Over the last week and a half, I've been having—and if you're reading along and commenting, you've been indirectly having—a conversation about race with John McWhorter and Steve Sailer. This wasn't an agreed-upon discussion. It just started up, and... Read More
James Watson is interviewed for the first time since getting Watsoned by Henry Louis Gates, head of the Harvard Afro-American Studies department at The Root. I explained here why it's extremely unlikely, based on the photos of relatives and ancestors and detailed genealogical information in Watson's autobiography, that Watson is 1/6th black or 1/4th nonwhite.Gates... Read More
Today, April 25th, is the federal government's official annual "National DNA Day" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the publication in Nature of the key article on the structure of DNA by Francis Crick and, uh, some other dude.In fact, recent research revealed that Francis Crick crimethunk, too. So, perhaps it's not surprising that neither... Read More
In my new column, I offer Sen. Obama a free suggestion about how he could relieve his festering Rev. Dr. Wright problem by turning to one of his own supporters for aid. I'm not going to tell you who it is here so that you go read the whole thing.The Wright problem didn't get... Read More
Across Difficult Country observes: One test of how politically correct libertarians have become is to examine their flagship publication's coverage of James Watson. Before the recent contretemps, Reason loved Watson, as these examples show: But, when the chi
Besides Everest-conquerors Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay, another famous pair of names forever linked with the year 1953 are the discoverers of the structure of DNA, James Watson and Francis Crick. The Englishman Crick is usually considered the greater theoretical genius of the two, although Watson, before his recent firing for political incorrectness on the... Read More
The James Watson brouhaha began, I believe, with a story published in the London Times on a Sunday. By Wednesday of that week, a few comments deep within the article had set off a brouhaha around the world.In contrast, last Sunday's London Times featured an article with the eye-opening title "For sale: West's deadly nuclear... Read More
The widely-repeated assertion by the Icelandic firm deCODE genetics that James Watson
Although the reigning hope among the great and the good has been that 79-year-old James Watson would just go away and die quietly, I suspect we haven't heard the last from the old boy yet.My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
I'd already excerpted this a month ago in my first article on James Watson, but, for the record, I want to post the ending of James Watson's recent book Avoid Boring People. This appeared in 02138, which I presume is the zip code of Harvard: Before leaving -interim Harvard President Derek] Bok’s temporary office... Read More
Here's Will Saletan's third and last article at Slate. He advocates genetic engineering to equalize the races. I've always been skeptical about whether we have the wisdom to handle such power, and have been pleased that it appears to be farther off than I had assumed back in the 1990s. As I wrote in Read More
William Saletan's defense of James Watson in MSM Slate (owned by the Washington Post) is turning out to be a three parter and he's not holding back. Today, he looks at the environmentalist attacks on hereditarian ideas and concludes:My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
More than a little too late, but, still, good for William Saletan, the "Human Nature" columnist for Slate, for gearing up his courage to become one of the few James Watson defenders: From: William SaletanSubject: Liberal creationismPosted Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at 7:57 AM ETWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are... Read More
A month after the James Watson witch hunt, doing a Google search on the entire WWW for "Watson's defender" brings up zero hits, while "Watson's defenders" brings up one page. "In defense of James Watson" finds one page, as does "In defense of James D. Watson."On the other hand "'James Watson' racist" brings up 173,000... Read More
Quant blogger Half Sigma and GNXP's Jason Malloy are quoted in a New York Times article by Amy Harmon entitled "In DNA Era, New Worries About Prejudice" about what's happening now that "genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races... Read More
Over at GNXP, Jason Malloy unloads on the Watson brouhaha.My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
Here's another excerpt from my new essay on James Watson:Perhaps the most widely quoted smear-artist attacking James Watson has been Steven Rose. Rose is a professor emeritus of neurobiology at the Open University, a sort of British 1960s lefty version of the University of Phoenix. Rose is a Marxist and the co-founder of the... Read More
From my new article: My published articles are
We're now into the second week of the latest ritual race humiliation, this time of the man who is probably America's most distinguished living scientist, James Watson. And who has spoken up for him? Besides this guy in Nigeria?My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
From Newsday:Five days before an international uproar erupted over comments he had made to a British newspaper, James Watson smiled as camera shutters snapped at the groundbreaking for a multimillion-dollar renovation to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory library."Watson raised that money; it was his effort," said Elof Carlson, a former Stony Brook University professor of... Read More
Expect a new round of gloating and putting the boot in: By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer1 hour, 52 minutes ago James Watson, famous for DNA research but widely condemned for recent comments about intelligence levels among blacks, retired Thursday from his post at a prestigious research institution. Watson, 79, and the Cold Spring Harbor... Read More
I'm wondering which heavyweights will step up up to defend James Watson? Below is a list of big names who might have the courage to do it. I don't have time to Google them, but any commenters can feel free to paste in any statements about Watson by the following luminaries, and give them a... Read More
One of the points I tried to make in my article on James D. Watson is that he's not just some old coot who discovered something back in 1953. When he felt his powers of new discovery decline as middle age approached, he switched to scientific management, taking over the failing Cold Spring Harbor... Read More
As I mention in my new article, the climactic last two pages of James Watson's new memoir are devoted to how fast the price of genome sequencing is falling, which, as Watson emphasizes, will make inevitable major breakthroughs in understanding the genetic underpinnings of political hot potatoes like IQ. At FuturePundit, Randall Parker provides... Read More
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