I was reminded of this recently and thought it was worth a post.
Watson, of Watson and Crick, is still alive, but he isn’t going around lecturing and you don’t hear much about him. He’s really old now, but it has been a long time since anyone has wanted to work with or publish things he says. He has been given numerous chances to recant his comments and refused. The sad thing is it took so long for places to strip him of honorary titles and degrees.
If anyone thinks he is speaking from authority, he is not, even though he is sort of speaking from within his field. If he had wanted to get people together and prove DNA was related to intelligence, he could have done it, because he is Watson of Watson and Crick. But even if you are an expert, if you say something that is not based on evidence, it is as worthless as someone who is sitting at a bar in New Jersey.
This also shows that it doesn’t matter how well you know the science, or how it must have felt to make one of the most important discoveries that advanced the theory of evolution. A discovery that led to us being able to categorically put an end to the completely made-up idea of race. An idea that led to a better understanding of how we found our way out of the savannah and learned to survive in every ecosystem around the globe, except for the most extreme.