The Watson Controversy

October 25, 2007 at 8:34 pm 3 comments

I find it interesting that a lot of people are pro-science until science tells them something that they don’t agree with or don’t want to hear–then they slam the scientist that said it. 

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I’ve never been very good at being politically correct. 

 By now, everyone has heard of the James Watson racial controversy.  (If you didn’t, google it, I don’t feel like doing a recap.)  Basically, he said that black people weren’t as intelligent as white people and it’s because they’re genetically different. 

While I admit that the way he said it wasn’t very tactful, and while I also admit that I don’t know how I feel about it–whether it’s true or not, it made me think about things.  When all of us evolved, we were in different areas of the world.  Asian people are usually much shorter than white people or black people, and they’re usually very intelligent.  They’re also very rarely fat, excluding sumo wrestlers, of course.  Black people are known to be better athletes than white people.  Jewish people stereotypically have big noses.   

My point is, all of these individual people groups were separated for years and years, and we all evolved differently.  Asians are short.  Black people are atheltic.  We all evolved different when it comes to physical aspects, like height, color, etc.  Doesn’t it also make sense that we would have evolved differently when it comes to intelligence?  Science doesn’t lie.  And it doesn’t always give you the results you’d like.  I feel awful saying that, but it’s the truth.  I can’t dance for shit, but I don’t know a single black person that CAN’T dance.  I can’t play sports to save my life, but the vast majority of black people that I know were very active in sports in high school, and they played sports well, they didn’t just sit on the bench.  We’re just all different.  In some areas, white people accel more, in others Asians and Indians excel more, and in some areas, black people accel more.  Doesn’t that make sense?  We’re different, even though we’re the same.  We evolved differently.  It makes sense to me, and I don’t think it has to be a bad or negative thing. 

I’m sick of people saying, “It’s not genetics, it’s because of the environment that they were raised in and the education that they received.”  I don’t buy that.  Someone’s house might be different, but all of the black people in my city had the same education as I did, and they grew up in the same city as I did, and the crappiest neighborhoods where I live still aren’t all that bad.  So, I’m not buying it.  I think it’s how much people apply themselves or push themselves.  Genetics or not, you can easily make yourself more intelligent, some people just have to work harder, study harder.  I think it’s all about how you apply yourself. 

I don’t think that the James Watson guy should be condemned because of something he said that can be scientifically supported.  This guy is obviously brilliant, he discovered DNA.  And like I said, he was most definitely not tactful when he made his remarks, but still–leave the guy alone.  Stop supporting science only when it tells you what you want to hear.  That’s dumb.  Facts don’t always make you happy.  That doesn’t mean you should ignore them. 

Okay.  I’m done now.  And I promise I’m not racist.

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  • 1. andy  |  November 27, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Couldn’t agree more – nice write up – love the site!

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  • 2. daedalus  |  December 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Interesting article.
    Why do you emphasize that you are “not racist”? Are you
    trying to tiptoe away from a current era “deadly sin”?

    Are you trying to suggest that you’d LIKE the idea of your
    children to marry negroes, and produce mulattos?

    Well say it.
    And Trotsky will be proud of you. And so will Winston Smith’s
    controllers.

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    • 3. kegger  |  December 31, 2008 at 9:22 pm

      I emphasize that I’m not racist because I live in the South, where people tiptoe around subjects like this because we’re so frequently accused of being racist. Subjects like this are still pretty delicate in Mississippi, and most people avoid them..

      And I don’t have kids yet. Who they do or don’t marry really has NEVER occurred to me. And as long as they marry someone they love, and someone they have things in common with, and someone who treats them right, I really don’t care what color their spouses are.

      Like I said, I don’t know if I even believe Watson’s theory, but I don’t think he should be condemned for it, either.

      Reply

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