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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday December 02 2014, @10:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the come-here-I-need-you dept.

Nicholas St. Fleur writes at The Atlantic that in the sad final chapter to a career that traces back to racist remarks he made in 2007, James Watson, the famed molecular biologist and co-discoverer of DNA, is putting his Nobel Prize up for auction, the first Nobel laureate in history to do so. Watson, best known for his work deciphering the DNA double helix alongside Francis Crick in 1953, made an incendiary remark regarding the intelligence of black people that lost him the admiration of the scientific community in 2007 making him, in his own words, an "unperson". That year, The Sunday Times quoted Watson as saying that he felt “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” Watson added that although some think that all humans are born equally intelligent, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.” Watson has a history of making racist and sexist declarations, according to Time. His insensitive off-the-cuff remarks include saying that sunlight and dark skin contribute to “Latin lover” libido, and that fat people lack ambition, which prevents them from being hired. At a science conference in 2012, Watson said of women in science, “I think having all these women around makes it more fun for the men but they’re probably less effective.” To many scientists his gravest offense was not crediting Rosalind Franklin with helping him deduce the structure of DNA.

Watson is selling his prized medallion because he has no income outside of academia, even though for years he had served on many corporate boards. The gold medal is expected to bring in between $2.5 million and $3.5 million when it goes to auction. Watson says that he will use the money to purchase art and make donations to institutions that have supported him, such as the University of Chicago and Watson says the auction will also offer him the chance to “re-enter public life.” “I’ve had a unique life that’s allowed me to do things. I was set back. It was stupid on my part,” says Watson “All you can do is nothing, except hope that people actually know what you are.”

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 03 2014, @05:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 03 2014, @05:21AM (#122135)

    Newtons law concerning the conservation of mass? or the conservation of energy? cal is a measure of energy and energy doesn't translate to mass. Way to keep the convo on topic though, by misapplying scientific concepts and making yourself look like a dick.

    E in - E out = E final

    M in - M out = M final

    am i right? this is why counting calories doesn't help you lose weight really

    The only way to reallllly lose weight and keep it gone is to gain a bunch of muscle mass then sit around sweating as your huge muscles will use a massive amount of calories just trying to maintain themselves, then keep your body in a fat burning state all night by not eating near bed time and you'll sleep the weight right off. Also, you can only lose 1-2 lbs per week due to bodies natural weight set point, which if you gain/ lose more - your metabolism will just change and you'll return to normal.

      Anyway i'm sure newton thought about this topic a ton when he was coming up with his almost completely unrelated laws./s

  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Wednesday December 03 2014, @07:45AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 03 2014, @07:45AM (#122156) Journal

    Oh, energy does translate to mass, via E=mc². However if you calculate that mass for the calories of your food, you'll see it's clearly not the one you see on your scales.

    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.