The CNN.com headline read “U.S. Nobel winning streak now at six,” which I love because you’d think they were writing about the World Series or something.
Thus far, six Nobel prize winners have been announced, and all six have been Americans. The most recent is Edmund Phelps from Columbia University, who is honored for his work in economics. Considering that he is now $1.4 million richer, I’d say he’s some sort of economics genius. The other prizes have been for medicine, physics, and chemistry — maybe scientific learning isn’t dead in the US.
This Thursday we’ll hear about the prize for literature (cross your fingers, I think I might be the first blogger) and the Nobel Peace Prize. If the US sweeps all eight categories, I expect to see hardcore rioting in the streets around US universities. The full deal, too — cars tipping over, trashcans aflame, women lifting up their shirts for beads, and men drunkingly making out with one another. Go America!
Tomorrow is Tuesday, October
9 10 (whoops!). For those of you in and around Boston, please come out to Harvard University to hear Dr. Michael Shermer give a talk about Why Darwin Matters. Afterward, he’ll be heading to the Redline to sign his new book. You can meet me and a few of the guys from the podcast, as the talk is sponsored by the New England Skeptical Society, the Humanist Association of Massachusetts, and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard. The talk itself is at the Science Center in Hall D. You can see a map of the campus with the Science Center smack in the middle by clicking here. For more info on the Science Center, click here. If you come, please introduce yourself! I like people. Most people.