October 19, 2007

Letter sent to The Independent

Sir

As reported on the front page of The Independent (17 October), James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning co-discoverer of DNA, stated publicly that Africans are less intelligent than Europeans. Given that the average sub-Saharan African IQ is 67 and the average IQ of Europeans is 100 (Lynn 2006), his assertion is true. Indeed, it is not even controversial among experts, who have been aware of the direction and magnitude of black/white differences in intelligence since Galton's work in 1869.

Yet Dr Watson has been widely condemned by the media, the Science Museum cancelled his talk, the Bristol Festival of Ideas cancelled an appearance and he was forced to cancel his tour of the UK. That a Nobel Prize-winning scientist is so heavily vilified for telling the truth in this country is an absolute disgrace.

Yours faithfully

Martin Sewell

Reference:
LYNN, Richard, 2006. Race Differences in Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit Publishers.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:57 PM

James Watson condemned and suspended

The Federation of American Scientists condemns the comments of Dr. James Watson

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory suspend Watson

This is outrageous. We have been aware of the direction and magnitude of black/white differences in intelligence since Galton (1869), they are not even controversial. The sub-Saharan African IQ of 67 puts it 2.2 standard deviations below Europeans, whilst the genotypic African IQ of 80 is 1.3 standard deviations below Europeans. These results are not surprising: Europeans first set foot on the moon nearly 40 years ago, whilst Africans never even invented the wheel.

This has nothing to do with one race being superior to another: intelligence isn't everything. Different races excel at different things: West Africans make the best sprinters, Kenyans the best distance runners, Europeans the best swimmers, whilst Africans are the most fertile and East Asians have the highest IQ. Evolution doesn't do equality, but it doesn't do hierarchy either: you can have a big brain or a big penis, but you can't have both.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:07 PM

Festival bars race row scientist

'The Bristol Festival of Ideas has cancelled an appearance by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson after a row over his views on race.'
BBC NEWS | England | Bristol | Festival bars race row scientist
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:33 AM

October 18, 2007

Museum drops race row scientist

BBC NEWS | England | London | Museum drops race row scientist
Even when you're a retired Nobel Prize-winning scientist, it's still not acceptable to tell the truth!
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:34 PM

October 17, 2007

Searching for God in the Brain

"Researchers are unearthing the roots of religious feeling in the neural commotion that accompanies the spiritual epiphanies of nuns, Buddhists and other people of faith"
Searching for God in the Brain: Scientific American
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:09 PM

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

Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners - Independent Online Edition > Science & Tech
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:05 PM

October 16, 2007

Tight-trousered Terry Wogan's wardrobe malfunction sparks BBC complaints

Tight-trousered Terry's wardrobe malfunction sparks BBC complaints | the Daily Mail
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:30 AM

October 15, 2007

Less Than Half of all Published Scientists Endorse Global Warming Theory

Not by Fire but by Ice
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:40 PM

October 12, 2007

Doctors save man with vodka drip

'Australian doctors have kept an Italian tourist alive by feeding him vodka through a drip for three days, medical staff in Queensland say.'
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Doctors save man with vodka drip
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:25 AM