Scientist's Speech Shocks Audience

Do you think Watson was joking or serious?

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - A Nobel laureate’s provocative speech on sunshine and sex - complete with slides of bikini-clad women - left some at the University of California, Berkeley, aghast.

James Watson, who co-discovered DNA, dumbfounded many at a guest lecture when he advanced his theory about a link between skin color and sex drive.
That's why you have Latin lovers,'' he said, according to people who were there last month. You’ve never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient.’’

``I realized right away that this was inappropriate,’’ said Susan Marqusee, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Watson also said fat people are happy and thin people more ambitious, showing a slide of waif-like model Kate Moss looking sad to illustrate the point.
Marqusee said she walked out after a comment about men finding fat women sexually attractive. There wasn't any science,'' she said. These aren’t issues that one can state as fact.’’

James Allison, co-chair of the university’s department of molecular and cell biology, called the speech fallout a
``tempest in a teapot. Jim’s a provocative guy. He certainly provoked people.’’

Jimmy’s always been a bit, well, eccentric. He likes being offensive. This is just the most recent and extreme example - he’s being doing stuff like this for years.

If you read some of the accounts of his early work with Crick, it seems that they were both a bit…crude. This does seem a bit over the top even for him.

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