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About "James Watson"
James Watson is a famous scientist, one of the greats. His name, if it sounds familiar, is probably more recognizable in conjunction with that of his partner, Francis Crick. Together, Watson and Crick take most of the credit for the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid. The iconic double-helix, or Watson-Crick Model, of DNA laid the groundwork for the major scientific and medical advances of the last 70-odd years. James Watson is back in the news because he was just stripped of his honorary awards. This is an extreme measure of censure, and one that is especially surprising given Watson’s preeminence in the scientific community. Watson has said some things in the past that were less than polite and probably racist, depending on who you ask. I won’t repeat them here, but the statements are well documented. The question, though, isn’t really about what was said, but about whether Watson deserved censure for speaking his mind. In this week’s release, Parli debaters get to wade into a situation that’s reflective of much of today’s culture.
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