Schlagwort-Archive: pride

The Nobel Prize violates a central paradigm of science

With the current hype around prize winners, we may not forget about the much larger number of scientists who have been never honored or even lost their live for doing good science.

The Nobel Prize violates a central paradigm of science that false opinions are always corrected, see also the summary at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_controversies.

So this is not so much about the recent scandal around the secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, Urban Lendahl, who resigned due to the Macchiarini scandal. Or about the Astra Zeneca money behind the nomination of Harald zur Hausen. I am thinking here about cruel treatments for example

1927 “for the discovery of the therapeutic value of malaria inoculation in the treatment of dementia paralytica” to Julius Wagner-Jauregg

1949 to Portuguese neurologist António Egas Moniz “for the discovery of the therapeutic value of leucotomy (lobotomy) in certain psychoses”.