"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