Co-discoverer of DNA and Nobel laureate James Watson is the Seed Media Group’s board of directors’ scientific advisor. Not a member of some advisory group: the board’s single advisor. He has remained so despite a highly publicised racist utterance four months ago.
In October last year Watson was quoted as being “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” as “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really.” This is not the first time that Watson lets slip a really bisarre prejudice: he’s slurred women, obese people, gays and Hispanics before.
Seed owns ScienceBlogs. When Watson’s racist remark became known, a large number of us Sbloggers suggested to the board that it was time to sever all ties with Watson. We have received no reply, and Watson remains in place at Seed, although he has been removed from the director’s post at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and had any number of high-profile speaking engagements worldwide cancelled.
Now, a number of us have tired of waiting for a reply — including Zuska , Maria at Green Gabbro, Dave at Cognitive Daily and Grrl at Living the Scientific Life. We are not comfortable being associated with James Watson even at such a remove.
Seed, drop the man NOW!