Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Jim Watson, the "social irritant"

Philip Ball says "there is more than metaphor in this image [see the quote, below]" and I think he's right:

Jim Watson seems to be genuinely taken aback by the furore his recent comments on race and IQ have aroused. He looks a little like the teenage delinquent who, after years of being a persistent neighbourhood pest, finds himself suddenly hauled in front of a court and threatened with being sent to a detention centre. Priding himself on being a social irritant, he never imagined anyone would deal with him seriously.