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Unformatted text preview: laboratory was supposed to be working on the structure of proteins. Watsons method is much different. He seems to see himself as having some greater purpose that justifies his inappropriate (in the context of the rules of the scientific community) actions. In fact what Watson and Crick did was in some sense unfair. There were rules within the scientific community that governed who was working on what project. By working within a system bound by these rules but playing outside them, Watson and Crick gained a tremendous advantage over their fellow scientists. If everyone had acted like the two of them, it is possible that another scientist or group of scientists could have discovered the structure first. The Double Helix presents two opposing views of science: the traditional one and Watsons. And it does not come to any specific conclusions about either, but really only serves to prove that Emmanuel Kant would not be all too happy with James Watson....
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- Spring '07