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Sep 27 2011

That Nobel time of year

The Nobel Prizes start getting awarded next week, so now is the time to make your predictions in a contest to win an iPad2. I’m afraid, though, I’ve already got a lock on it: I’m predicting that Walt Brown and Bob Enyart, the most brilliant scientific minds ever, are going to win it this year.

There is a Nobel for inanity, isn’t there?

(Also on Sb)

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  1. 1
    Gnumann+, out&proud cultural marxist (just don't ask me about Gramsci)

    Haaarrruki Murakami!

    Oh…

    No literature?

    *sad puppy eyes*

  2. 2
    Glen Davidson

    I’m afraid, though, I’ve already got a lock on it: I’m predicting that Walt Brown and Bob Enyart, the most brilliant scientific minds ever, are going to win it this year.

    Operations by the Worldwide Darwinist Conspiracy have already kicked in to continue the injustice of depriving them of the Nobel prize. Just think, they cut through all that observation and experimentation crap, and realized that the Bible and “it looks to me like” are all that you need to do science.

    We don’t dare allow such brilliance to be recognized and rewarded.

    Glen Davidson

  3. 3
    Alan Henness

    Surely it’s time for Samuel Hahnemann to win the chemistry prize? Or physics. Or biology???

  4. 4
    Lagerbaer

    Last year’s physics was condensed matter, the one before was an application, so I suppose this year’s will be astronomy/cosmology/high energy.

    Or condensed matter again for DMFT.

  5. 5
    Zeno

    I’m predicting that Walt Brown and Bob Enyart, the most brilliant scientific minds ever, are going to win it this year.

    PZ is confusing the Nobel prizes with the IgNobel prizes again.

  6. 6
    sundiver

    Zeno: The Ignoble Prizes are awarded to people with a sense of humor…

  7. 7
    Jason

    I feel like Yamanaka, Gurdon and Jaenisch for their work in iPS cells (though Jaenisch might get left off, I don’t know how these politics divide out)?

  8. 8
    'Tis Himself

    I predict I will not win the Economics Prize this year.

    I haz a sad.

  9. 9
    Gnumann+, out&proud cultural marxist (just don't ask me about Gramsci)

    I predict I will not win the Economics Prize this year.

    Is it any consolation that it’s a fake nobel?

  10. 10
    Randomfactor

    Will this be the year they finally announce the Nobel for atheism?

  11. 11
    myeck waters

    Never mind a sense of humor, even the IgNobel winners have to published some actual research data.

  12. 12
    Bill Door

    David Baker, Chemistry, for protein structure prediction/design.
    Ad Bax deserves one as well, but it’s not likely.
    Carlos Bustamante for single-molecule biophysics.

  13. 13
    EvoMonkey

    Clearly, Michele Bachman deserves the Nobel Prize for Anti-science for saving 11-12 year old girls from mental retardation due to the HPV vaccine.

  14. 14
    feralboy12

    Have I been passed over again? But I make up sciency stuff all the time!

    Ah well, screw it. Nobel invented dynamite. I don’t want his blood money. (Faint scent of sour grapes wafts over thread)

  15. 15
    Vicki, duly vaccinated tool of the feminist conspiracy

    People have “won” IgNobels for real-world actions in the past: for example, in 1994,

    Economics: Awarded to Juan Pablo Davila, former employee of the state-owned company Coldelco. Davila’s Ig was awarded for instructing his computer to “buy” when he meant “sell.” The ultimate consequence was the loss of 0.5 percent of the gross national product. In Chile “davilar” is now a verb meaning “to botch things up royally.”

    (Summary found at frivolity.com)

    Then again, that was back when the awards were tagged as being for research that should not be repeated, rather than the current “makes you laugh and then makes you think.”

  16. 16
    Mike

    Tony Pawson for discovering the SH2 domain? John Dick for cancer stem cells?

    I’m just pulling for some local folks.

  17. 17
    Richard Smith

    @Vicki (#15}:

    One of my favourite IgNobels for research that should not be repeated has to be from 1992:

    Archaeology – Eclaireurs de France (a French Scouting organization), removers of graffiti, for damaging the prehistoric paintings of two Bisons in the Cave of Mayrière supérieure near the French village of Bruniquel

  18. 18
    Russell

    Way a Nobel for Inanity when its already been awarded ( To a Gomez Adamms lookalike named Egas-Moniz, in 1949 ) for Lobotomy

    Brown and Enyart look like prime candidates for the procedure

  19. 19
    A3Kr0n

    Why not Walt Brown and Bob Enyart? After I saw Obama get the Peace Prize my respect for the Nobel Prizes has been in question.

  20. 20
    Gnumann+, out&proud cultural marxist (just don't ask me about Gramsci)

    Why not Walt Brown and Bob Enyart? After I saw Obama get the Peace Prize my respect for the Nobel Prizes has been in question.

    The thing to remember is that the peace prize is handed out by Norwegian politicians, while the other ones are handed out by Swedish scientists. Apart from the source of the grant and the name they have nothing in common (and of course, that the one in economics isn’t really a nobel prize)

  21. 21
    'Tis Himself

    the one in economics isn’t really a nobel prize

    I can’t even win a fake Nobel.

    Boo hoo!

  22. 22
    Peter Tibbles

    It’s about time Don Metcalf and Jacques Miller won it.

  23. 23
    ChasCPeterson

    Not as funny now that ‘Tis has already been here but:

    There is a Nobel for inanity, isn’t there?

    You mean Economics?
    [padump tchhhhhhh]

    After I saw Obama get the Peace Prize my respect for the Nobel Prizes has been in question.

    Obama? They gave the damn thing to fucking Kissinger!

  24. 24
    DLC

    Those two dummies don’t even rate an Ignobel prize. At least the Igs winners actually did something.

  25. 25
    Markita Lynda, healthcare is a damn right.

    Who’s getting the Japan prize?

  26. 26
    Chris Booth

    Walt Brown and Bob Enyart to win the Nobel Prize? AGAIN?!?

  27. 27
    Phalacrocorax, z Třetího Světa

    Vicki quotes:

    Economics: Awarded to Juan Pablo Davila, former employee of the state-owned company Coldelco. Davila’s Ig was awarded for instructing his computer to “buy” when he meant “sell.” The ultimate consequence was the loss of 0.5 percent of the gross national product. In Chile “davilar” is now a verb meaning “to botch things up royally.”

    You forgot to tell the punchline: he’s a pastor now.

  28. 28
    Charlie Foxtrot

    I thought ‘Lord’ Monckton was a shoe-in?

  29. 29
    John Morales

    [OT]

    Gnumann, I tried so hard to get into Kafka on the Shore, given its glowing reviews.

    (I failed)

  30. 30
    karimghantous

    Will this be the year they finally announce the Nobel for atheism?

    That would come under theology, but there isn’t a theology prize. However, it could come under the literature prize (i.e. a book about atheism could win).

    P.S. Perhaps my definition of science is strict (the study of nature) but I have no time for the idea that economics is a science, even though the prize in economics it isn’t a real Nobel.

  31. 31
    Louis
    Why not Walt Brown and Bob Enyart? After I saw Obama get the Peace Prize my respect for the Nobel Prizes has been in question.

    The thing to remember is that the peace prize is handed out by Norwegian politicians, while the other ones are handed out by Swedish scientists. Apart from the source of the grant and the name they have nothing in common (and of course, that the one in economics isn’t really a nobel prize)

    Norwegian? Hardly. Obama’s Peace Prize was a Brazilian affair. After all, the award was made for America not having Bush….

    ….thank yew, thank yew. I’m all weak here. Try your waitress. Tip the veal.

    Louis

    P.S. [Serious Face] Chemistry prize to either the spectroscopists Zare and Moehner, or (my preference) the bioinorganic people Gray, Lippard and Holm.

  32. 32
    Bill Door

    #31 Louis
    Not sure about the others, but Harry Gray needs a fuckin’ Nobel. He should have got one with Rudolph Marcus in 1992.

  33. 33
    Sam Salerno

    You can all say what you want. Ken Hamm still has not received his nobel for his scientific genius on the age of the earth. It’s been verifiably proven that PZ Myers himself has road a dinosaur.

  34. 34
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