I might throw things at James Watson on my TV


PBS is presenting a documentary on Watson at 9pm Central. I may need liquor to make it through the whole thing. I spent a few hours with him once, and that was enough.

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  1. nomdeplume says

    His attitude to, and treatment of, Rosalind Franklin more than 65 years ago (and subsequently boasting about it in his book) showed what manner of man he was, and he has got even worse over time.

  2. gijoel says

    @Akira It wouldn’t work, the amount of hot air they would produce would let them float safely to the surface.

  3. unclefrogy says

    I saw that show coming on so I changed the channel and watched a murder mystery I had seen before.

    uncle frogy

  4. says

    “We’re sorry but this video is not available in your region due to rights restrictions”

    And there was much rejoicing.

  5. marcoli says

    Watched a long stretch toward the end, missing all the early stuff and gave up watching nearer the end. Within that stretch they did a lot of coverage of the problems about Watson. Content was mainly driven by the principle people who know him best, and those tended to be very close to him so they refrained from totally flaming his ass. That said, they did a lot of coverage of the problem.
    Yikes, he did not age well.

  6. petesh says

    I didn’t watch, on the sound advice of the imaginary doctor in my head, but I think the problem for “Honest Jim” (his original title for The Double Helix, which he expected to bring him his second Nobel) is not that he didn’t age well but that the rest of us improved, at least slightly. He was always an asshole, but his reflexive sexism, racism, classism and general lack of self-awareness was hardly even noticeable in the 50s and 60s. Crick wasn’t much better and could even have been worse with women, I was told by a woman who was at high school with his daughters; apparently he hit on all his daughters’ friends and their mothers too. It is actually possible that our society has nudged a little in the right direction.

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