October 28, 2007

From Rena Faye Norby:

Re: Nobel scientist suspended from job over race comments (Oct. 18): No surprises about James Watson coming across as a bigot. He didn’t give Rosalind Franklin any credit for her part in discovering the structure of DNA, even though she contributed substantially to the direction the research needed to take, which led to the discovery. If he wouldn’t give an intelligent accomplished woman credit, why assume he wouldn’t dismiss the intelligence of an entire continent?

Watson is a natural scientist, not a social scientist. When he pretends to be knowledge about IQ testing, he’s venturing into a field of statistics about which he apparently has little training and no instinctual knowledge.

Dr. Rena Faye Norby
Science Educator
Mercer University
McDonough, GA 30253


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