Watson cancels book tour

According to the Science Media Center in the UK, James Watson has cancelled all his remaining speaking engagements in the UK and will be returning to the US, in the aftermath of the linkurl:uproar;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53714/ created by his linkurl:comments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ on race and intelligence. In today's news reports, Watson appears almost befuddled by the words that came out of his mouth. "I am mortified about what has happened,"

By | October 19, 2007

According to the Science Media Center in the UK, James Watson has cancelled all his remaining speaking engagements in the UK and will be returning to the US, in the aftermath of the linkurl:uproar;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53714/ created by his linkurl:comments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ on race and intelligence. In today's news reports, Watson appears almost befuddled by the words that came out of his mouth. "I am mortified about what has happened," Watson said in a linkurl:statement;http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ha6Uxje06Fv054CU7LwK0-qiqNogD8SC14GO0 to the AP. "More importantly, I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said. I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways they have. To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief."

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Howard M Johnson

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October 19, 2007

I did an article for Scientific American in Jan 1993 titled THE LIFE OF A BLACK SCIENTIST. The reluctant acceptance of Blacks in science as reflected by James Watson permeates the entire institution with but rare exceptions. The PBS story on the Black organic chemist Percy Julian and the hardships experienced by this brilliant man is all the more relevant thanks to Watson's unguarded revelation. Southern hardcore rednecks have nothing on The National Academy of Science or even the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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