Jason Malloy at Gene Expression wrote a long and detailed post on James Watson’s recent statements on evolution in Africa vs. Europe. The opener:
It is long and detailed with a lot of facts. Here’s the opener:
The public intellectual forum is being manipulated with intimidation and coercion and you are being lied to. The media is not doing its job, and the scientific community is not playing its proper public role as a beacon of dispassionate truth seeking, as a conduit of knowledge to the public, or in fostering an open and fair intellectual climate. Both are abusing their power and authority to do the opposite of their honor bound social and intellectual roles; facts are being distorted in service of values.
Watson’s remarks in the interview, like Larry Summers before him, were fairly mild. Notheless, a lot of tsk-tsking from the editorialists at Nature.