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this action follows the Board’s public statement yesterday disagreeing with the comments attributed to Dr. Watson in the October 14, 2007 edition of The Sunday Times U.K.
that they "vehemently disagree with...and are bewildered and saddened.
I am deeply saddened by the events of the last week...in the aftermath of a racist statement...that was both profoundly offensive and utterly unsupported by scientific evidence.
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.
I have always fiercely defended the position that we should base our view of the world on the state of our knowledge, on fact, and not on what we would like it to be. This is why genetics is so important.
For it will lead us to answers to many of the big and difficult questions that have troubled people for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. ...Since 1978, when a pail of water was dumped over my Harvard friend E O Wilson for saying that genes influence human behaviour, the assault against human behavioural genetics by wishful thinking has remained vigorous.
But irrationality must soon recede ... science is not here to make us feel good. It is to answer questions in the service of knowledge and greater understanding. ...We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things.
The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity. It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science.
To question this is not to give in to racism. This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers.
Whenever you interview fat people, you feel bad, because you know you're not going to hire them.
Originally posted by sir_chancealot
First, name me a First-World country in Africa.
Second, South Africa and Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) are no longer predominately by white people. Has the standard of living remained the same, gone up, or gone down since this happened?
When you answer those questions, you can make up your own mind.
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by Geneticist1945
Do you have any idea how harsh an enviroment Africa can be? You called it a warm enviroment. That place can reach more then 120 degrees F, with water being scarce in most places. If you are so evolved and smarter then they are then go to the Kalahari Desert for a week and see if you can survive.