Episode 13 — A Pigment of his Imagination: James Watson, Race, and Intelligence

If you’ve been following the news at all lately, you’ve probably heard an earful about James Watson — Nobel laureate, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, and never ending source of nausea-inducing, off-the-wall statements.

Watson stirred up a bit of controversy lately by essentially stating that people of African descent aren’t as intelligent as people of European descent. Predictably, most media outlets focused on the dramatic and controversial aspects of the whole affair. Only a few bothered to explain that aside from being insulting and hurtful, Watson’s comments have precisely zero basis in science.

Listen to this episode, and I’ll lead you through the messy and emotionally charged terrain of race, intelligence, and genetics. If you’re not subscribed to the podcast, you can listen to the episode via an inline player (Flash required) here:


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