James D. Watson is a molecular biologist and one of the co-discoverers of DNA’s structure.
- One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural, and it was a lesson that my father passed on to me, that knowledge liberates mankind from superstition. We can live our lives without the constant fear that we have offended this or that deity who must be placated by incantation or sacrifice, or that we are at the mercy of devils or the Fates. With increasing knowledge, the intellectual darkness that surrounds us is illuminated and we learn more of the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
- No one may have the guts to say this, but if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn’t we?
- If we don’t play God, who will?