Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer


“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.”

Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes
influencing beauty could also be engineered. “People say it would be
terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great.”

Geneticist Steve Jones, at University College London,
dismisses Watson’s comments about beauty as “daft”. “The concept of
beauty is a subjective one,” he told New Scientist.

Oh, please. If he’s a geneticist, he can’t really believe that. He’s only saying that to keep out of trouble.

Watson Was That Again? Still more on race and I.Q. By John Derbyshire

The truth content of the argument? Oh, that just gets
lost in the shouting. Who cares about truth when careers and money and
within-group status are at stake? Not many, I’m afraid; and most of
those who do care are quirky loner types that nobody much likes anyway.

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One Response to IQ

  1. panjoomby says:

    there’s a slight positive correlation between beauty & IQ – a small but real correlation. which makes perfect sense if you envision a bivariate scatter plot (an X & Y axis with a bunch of dots) & you understand that mentally retarded people will very rarely have the appearance of outward beauty. Unfortunately, i would bet most research in this area looks at, say IQ’s between 110 & 120 & finds little to no correlation between IQ & beauty, simply due to the restricted range on IQ (the scatterplot will look like a bunch of random dots in a circle or square shape). if they include the whole range of IQ, there’s likely to be a positive correlation b/c there’s unlikely to be very many folks who are super low are IQ who are super high on beauty:)

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