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Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer

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posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 09:35 PM
Fifty years to the day from the discovery of the structure of DNA, one of its co-discoverers has caused a storm by suggesting that stupidity is a genetic disease that should be cured.

On 28 February 1953 biologists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA - the chemical code for all life. The breakthrough revealed how genetic information is passed from one generation to the next and revolutionised biology and medicine.

But in a documentary series to be screened in the UK on Channel 4, Watson says that low intelligence is an inherited disorder and that molecular biologists have a duty to devise gene therapies or screening tests to tackle stupidity.

"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now president of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. "The lower 10 per cent who really have difficulty, even in elementary school, what's the cause of it? A lot of people would like to say, 'Well, poverty, things like that.' It probably isn't. So I'd like to get rid of that, to help the lower 10 per cent."


posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 09:41 PM
If we cure stupidity... who will we have left to make fun of?

posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 10:00 PM
There will always be stupid people, just the scale of intelligence and stupidity will shift. The smart today will be the stupid people of tomorrow... and geniuses today will be the smart people of tomorrow
So they will make fun of the stupid people. "Look at that moron, he can barely understand hyper-accelerated quantum-triactic physics"

posted on Mar, 2 2003 @ 10:35 PM
Theyre Here...only you

To the point...why in the world would anybody want to make people smarter? It's a fact that american students have regressed in overall mental ability for decades. What was once a high school education now is college education thanks to the elitist Rockefeller.

The purpose is clear. Dumb sheep are less dangerous than smart sheep. Smart sheep are sheared much closer than dumb close the head accidentally becomes a loose impediment.

There is no DNA magick which can right the ship of purposeful dumming down regarding the average human being...I wish it could be different.

The only way an average person can become smarter is to study, observe, listen, read, write (without a spell checker) and accept constructive criticism as a tool for growth.


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