The Vindicator reports on Watson's visit to Youngstown State University:
When asked about his views of Watson, Tom Drummond, a senior education and physics major, said he is concerned about Watson's "close-mindedness" and his belief that humans have no spirit and no soul. "Everything was compared to mechanics," Drummond said. "It's dangerous, very dangerous, for a prominent person to have that opinion, to compare a person to a diesel engine."
I doubt that Drummond would be able to do a good job defending the idea that it is "dangerous" for a prominent person not to believe in spirits and souls. It is likely that Drummond is relying on the idea that without souls, life has no meaning and morality cannot exist - both nonsensical positions, easily refutable.
More than 200 students listened to Watson as he told them he is a "total believer in evolution" and feels the Bible is "just not right" in the face of science. "The easiest way to believe in the theory of intelligent design is to never go to school," he said. He also confessed that he does not believe in a soul or anything divine.
"So you don't believe in God?" one student asked. "Oh, no. Absolutely not," the scientist answered. "The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology," he added. "I wanted to understand."
Intelligent Design definitely isn't a science - only an ignorance of science allows it to prosper. It was probably a new experience for many of those students to meet a prominent person who openly rejects theism and the relevancy of gods. That, in turn, is where the real danger of his views lies: his existence and ideas make atheism seem more reasonable. Seeing him might give people the idea that a person can be an atheist without struggling to find meaning and purpose in life - and then what would happen?