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May 9, 2003 Newsletter

Genetic Crossroads
May 9th, 2003

NOTABLE QUOTES: WATSON AND LINDEE

"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease.…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.… People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
- James Watson
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993451

"The alert reader might well ask how such a convoluted nexus of belief and prophecy [held by Watson] could gain cultural legitimacy, or even a sympathetic publisher. What forces made this incoherent tangle of mysticism, historical ignorance, religiosity, corporatism, exaggerated technocratic rationality, intemperance, and social naïveté plausible to so many people? Or even to James D. Watson? It would be comforting to attribute all to Watson himself, but both the texts reviewed here suggest Watson is merely a potent sign of what has happened to the biological sciences in the last 50 years."
- Susan Lindee, "Watson's World," Science
http://www.genetics-and-society.org/resources/items/20030418_science_lindee.html


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