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Another defining feature of the Ideological Caste is that it avoids debates it cannot win, and simply discredits people instead. |
Dr James Watson, the 79-year-old geneticist who, with Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA, and who is regarded as one of the great scientists of his time, was persecuted for telling the Sunday Times that he was “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 said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.
He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.
The British Establishments’ agency of Inquisition the Equality and Human Rights Commission, let it be known, ominously, that it was studying Dr Watson’s remarks “in full”. Politicians quickly moved to persecute him: ‘It is a shame that a man with a record of scientific distinction should see his work overshadowed by his own irrational prejudices,’ said David Lammy, the black Skills Minister. London mayor Ken Livingstone: ‘Such ignorant comments ... are utterly offensive and give succour to the most backward in our society.’ The Science Museum cancelled a sell-out meeting it had planned to hold to honour 79-year-old Watson on the grounds that his remarks had gone ‘beyond the point of acceptable debate’. Several other centres scheduled to host his talks followed suit.
What a scientific argument!
However, prominent scientist Richard Dawkins saw the real issue: “What is ethically wrong is the hounding, by what can only be described as an illiberal and intolerant “thought police”, of one of the most distinguished scientists of our time, out of the Science Museum, and maybe out of the laboratory that he has devoted much of his life to, building up a world-class reputation.” His employers, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island duly suspended him as chancellor.