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Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners

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« on: October 25, 2007, 17:46:32 PM »

From: Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners.
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One of the world's most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that "equal powers of reason" were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

All the old ideas from the The Bell Curve rehashed. No mention in the article where he fits in Asians and indigenous people from the Americas and Australia...
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