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Not only has James Watson subscribed to off-color ideas, so have other past Nobel laureates, says this New York Times article. Watson's co-winner, Francis Crick, wanted to experiment on prisoners to advance neuroscience. Kary Mullis plugged the benefits of LSD and astrology while doubting global warming and that HIV causes AIDS.

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