"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."No doubt this is only the beginning of Watson's controversial utterances. He's about to go on tour to support his new book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, after all. As a Nobelist turned pundit, he's bound to be the darling of talk radio, if they'll even let him on. The only real question is why he's been given a pass for this long. I wonder what his various employers and associates will do in the wake of this embarrassment? (Update: Cold Spring Harbor has begun distancing themselves from his comments -- see their press release on the subject. Ditto the Federation of American Scientists.) Razib over at Gene Expression has an interesting take on the whole mess.
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