In last weekend’s Sunday Times, Watson is quoted as saying that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa [because] all our all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.”
He is now saying that his words were presented incorrectly, making them open to misinterpretation:
I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways they have. To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief.
I find it difficult to believe that Watson’s words were taken out of context, or that his comments were made on the spur on the moment, because he has made such statements in the past.
Being such a brilliant scientist, Watson should know that intelligence is ill-defined and therefore cannot be measured. One can measure intelligence quotients, but IQ scores have a strong cultural bias and are not a measure of intelligence. Perhaps these simple facts have escaped Watson. Or perhaps he understands them, and just believes that blacks are less intelligent than whites, despite the lack of evidence, because he is a racist (and sexist) senile old fool.