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Watson’s Inner Child | by jurvetson
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Watson’s Inner Child

Watson was in his playful and spunky mood again (blog on his child-like mind). He kicked off the TED brain spa with a recount of his life, from ornithology to the discovery of the double helix, with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor and honest admissions of open competition with Linus Pauling and mood swings derived from the trials and tribulations of his dating life.

 

“We needed a shortcut, so we build a model instead of solving a formula. Our three strand model was crap, so I was told to build no models. I was incompetent, so I did nothing. I just read a lot.”

 

“It all happened in about two hours. We went from nothing to thing.”

 

“All of us have ten places where we have lost a gene or gained another one. We are all imperfect.”

 

On Screen: the Double Helix Tie Club. Watson’s younger double is on the bottom right.

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Taken on February 23, 2005