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Indian engineer claims the nobel process is flawed

  1. May 26, 2010 #1
    Not sure if it belongs here, if not then please move it.

    So basically an indian engineer is nominated for a nobel prize, and doesn't get it. He http://news.indiainfo.com/2003/07/07/07nri.html [Broken] claiming the process is flawed. Any merit to this, or is he just being a sore loser? Thoughts?
     
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  3. May 26, 2010 #2
    why did he keep quiet for 10 years?
     
  4. May 26, 2010 #3
    I think the Nobel Prize process is flawed, but not neccesarily for the same reasons. Of course, it is not our call to make is it.
     
  5. May 26, 2010 #4

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    Get a better link please
     
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  7. May 26, 2010 #6

    cronxeh

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    Obama got a nobel prize, remember that? Enough said.
     
  8. May 26, 2010 #7

    Evo

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    Any time a decision is based on people voting you are going to have an element of bias.
     
  9. May 26, 2010 #8

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    So did kissenger!

    Remember the nobel PEACE prize has no connection to the Nobel prizes other than the same family fronting the money.
     
  10. May 26, 2010 #9
    It's pro-wrestling for intelectuals.
     
  11. May 26, 2010 #10
    To me, Al Gore's Nobel PEACE Prize looks the most weird.

    What does global warming have to do with world peace?
     
  12. May 26, 2010 #11

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    I agree Kissinger shouldn't have gotten it. He played both the Rockefeller and Nixon fields and really gambled with people's lives, but at least he had the actual audacity to be nominated to highest posts of power. He may have been responsible for the space race USA and USSR had. In any event the Nobel peace prize is a joke - it seems they did not give it to Ghandi and now they only give it to those who obtain power by wit instead of force.
     
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  13. May 26, 2010 #12

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    It's all part of neo-con teabagger conspiracy.
    By automatically giving the nobel prize to failed democrats it demonstrates that the Nobel prize and therefore the UN (same letter) are part of a plot by the stone cutters to destroy democracy and install a world government of crab-people.

    ps. I might have got the details wrong - I was channel surfing.

    pps. At least the Americans are going to start drinking tea again, hopefully that will calm them all down a bit. I think a lot of the problems of the last half century can be blamed on excessive coffee consumption.
     
  14. May 26, 2010 #13

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    Well first: He doesn't know whether he was nominated. At most, somebody qualified to nominate may have told him they nominated him (breaching confidentiality), but there's few ways he can actually know that. The records are sealed for 50 years and the confidentiality rules are quite clearly specified on a paper accompanying the nomination forms sent out every year.
    (I'll just mention that unnecessary detail to show that I might have a bit of insight here..)

    In any case, the proof is in the pudding: If the Nobel committees got it wrong a lot, the Nobel prizes simply wouldn't have the status they do. It isn't that big a cash prize (and during some periods, it was a quite meager sum). But with that status, it's inevitable you'll have a bunch of sore losers, as well as people trying to influence the process (which has kept its integrity quite well if you ask me).

    Finally, even if you do consider the process to be flawed, there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it. Nobel's will was quite specific in its instructions, and as executors of it, they're legally bound to follow it to the letter.
     
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  15. May 26, 2010 #14

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    A list of most popular articles from the site where this was published:
    I'm not saying this necessarily discredits it, but...
     
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