Black IQ Differences

By Cahal Milmo, The Independent (U.K.)

One of the world’s most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that BLACK people were less intelligent than WHITE people and the idea that “equal powers of reason” were shared across racial groups …..was a delusion.   [See: Why IQ67?]

English: Nobel laureate Dr. James D. Watson, C...
Nobel laureate Dr. James D. Watson, Chancellor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unraveling of DNA who now runs one of America’s leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that Black people were as clever as their White counterparts when “testing” suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.  

Trevor Phillips (Chair of the Equality and Hum...
Trevor Phillips (Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, London)

The newly formed Equality and Human Rights Commission, successor to the Commission for Racial Equality, said it was studying Dr Watson’s remarks ” in full”. Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really“. He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with Black employees find this not true“.

His views are also reflected in a book published next week, in which he writes: “There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.” 

Cover of "The Bell Curve: Intelligence an...

The furore echoes the controversy created in the 1990s by The Bell Curve, a book co-authored by the American political scientist Charles Murray, which suggested differences in IQ were genetic and discussed the implications of a racial divide in intelligence. The work was heavily criticised across the world, in particular by leading scientists who described it as a work of “scientific racism“. >>MORE

“the differences between the two racial groups in a variety of mental tests are so large, so regular and so persistent under all sorts of conditions that it is almost unthinkable to conclude that they are entirely a matter of environment.” [Henry E. Garrett, “Negro-White Differences in Mental Ability in the United States,” Scientific Monthly 65, 9 October, 1947]



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