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In 2008, Horace Engdahl, the head of the Swedish Academy, was reported to have said that American novelists would never win the Nobel Prize for Literature, as the American novel was "too isolated and insular."
 
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It took 30 years for an American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, despite most of the best writing of the era coming from America. When an American finally won, it was the [[socialist]] [[Sinclair Lewis]] in 1930, whose writing often bears a strong resemblance to anti-American, socialist propaganda.
  
 
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The Nobel Prize is a politicized award that is criticized for increasing evidence of bias and possibly even corruption. It has been ostensibly given for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine or physiology, literature, and peace. Named in honor of Alfred Nobel, the first prize was granted in 1901. The award for economics, the "Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel," was added as a prize in 1969.[1]

As an unwritten rule, the award is not given to a conservative (such as Ronald Reagan or Pope John Paul II), and it is not given to anyone who challenges the scientific establishment on the issues of the theory of evolution or theory of relativity, such as standouts Raymond Damadian, Fred Hoyle and Robert Dicke.

The award has repeatedly been granted in way to insult a disfavored scientist by honoring a less deserving person for the same achievement. The insult is enhanced by giving the typically three-person shared award to only two recipients, creating an embarrassing omission for the third, as in the case of the awards that should have gone to Fred Hoyle and Raymond Damadian.

Frequently the award is given as a reward to a liberal politician or diplomat, such as Al Gore, given at a time to possibly boost his chances for becoming president. Most recently the award has been the subject of an investigation for corruption.

Nomination and Selection

To nominate somebody for a Nobel Prize, the nominating party must meet the requirements outlined for the specific category or has to be invited.[2]

The Nobel Prizes are represented externally by the Nobel Foundation, a private institution entrusted with protecting the common interests of the Prize Awarding Institutions. However, the Nobel Foundation is not involved with the selection process itself. The Prize-Awarding Institutes are independent of government agencies and the Nobel Foundation itself.[1] The multiple Prize-Awarding Institutes are all located in Scandinavia, the homeland of Alfred Nobel (a larger country at the time of prizes' founding, but which has since split).

Bias Against Conservative and Nationalist Achievers

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan is widely credited for causing the peaceful elimination of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist control over Eastern Europe. He lived for more than a decade after his achievement, yet Nobel Peace Prize was repeatedly given to liberal figures who accomplished far less, including even the person Reagan defeated, Jimmy Carter.

Pope John Paul II

Frequently the Nobel Peace Prize is given to non-Christian or liberal Christian religious leaders, but it refused to honor Pope John Paul II for pivotal role in liberating his native Poland from communist control.

Edward Teller

Edward Teller was a brilliant physicist who became hated by liberals for developing the hydrogen bomb, publicly criticizing the leftist icon J. Robert Oppenheimer, and advocating a strong defense against communism. Teller won numerous prestigious scientific awards, but was denied the Nobel Prize and many felt it was for political reasons:[3]

He blamed politics and the fact he was known as the "father of the hydrogen bomb." His protégé, Lowell Wood at Livermore, said that if it were not for the bomb "chances are two to three he'd get the Nobel Prize. He's commented to me that if he reared up on his hind legs and denounced the U.S. government, he'd be a good candidate."

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was a nationalist opposed to international law and a form of globalism, which the people controlling the Nobel Prize oppose. Gandhi was nominated 12 times for the Nobel Peace Prize but never granted it.[2] The Nobel Foundation has an information page detailing his nominations and the potential reasons for his lack of success.[4] Among other things, these statements can be found on the page:

The omission has been publicly regretted by later members of the Nobel Committee; when the Dalai Lama was awarded the Peace Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said that this was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi".
Up to 1960, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded almost exclusively to Europeans and Americans. In retrospect, the horizon of the Norwegian Nobel Committee may seem too narrow. Gandhi was very different from earlier Laureates. He was no real politician or proponent of international law, not primarily a humanitarian relief worker and not an organiser of international peace congresses. He would have belonged to a new breed of Laureates.

Bias Against Scientists Who Criticize Liberal Theories

Raymond Damadian

Raymond Damadian developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a phenomenal medical innovation deserving of a Nobel Prize. But Damadian is reportedly a Young Earth Creationist, and the Nobel committee never recognizes the achievements of someone who criticizes the theories of evolution and an old earth. Accordingly, the Nobel committee insulted Damadian by passing him over and giving the the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 to Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield "for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging".[5][6]

Damadian, who had outlined the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to detect tumors in 1971, protested against his omission from the Prize and said that his "life's work has been stricken." He then took out full-page ads in several newspapers, describing his omission as a "shameful wrong". The first wave of ads appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Dagens Nyheter (daily newspaper in Stockholm), and The New York Times.[7]

Fred Hoyle

The foremost British scientist of the 20th century, Fred Hoyle, was inexplicably passed over for a Nobel Prize awarded for his work to an underling of his. This prize was awarded at a time when Fred Hoyle was embarrassing evolutionists by exposing the archaeopteryx at the British Museum of History as a fraud.[8] The slight of Hoyle was an obvious punishment for his criticism of the theory of evolution, which he rejected throughout his career.

Robert Dicke

Perhaps the foremost American physicist of the 20th century, Robert Dicke of Princeton University, was a prominent critic[9] of the theory of relativity. Dicke supported an alternative theory that had "enjoyed a renaissance in connection with theories of higher dimensional space-time."[10]

But despite being one of the most accomplished physicists having numerous contributions, Dicke was repeatedly passed over for the Nobel Prize. In one egregious case, the prediction and discovery of cosmic background radiation from the Big Bang, the prize was embarrassingly given to less deserving scientists. The Nobel Prize committee has often given the award in this manner as away of punishing someone more deserving for criticizing a theory preferred by the committee.

Controversial Awards

Equally there have been several instances where prizes were awarded to those whom many felt did not deserve the honor. Controversy in this regard has been especially acute in the award of the Peace Prize. When Henry Kissinger was awarded the prize in 1973 the American satirist, Tom Lehrer, observed that this had rendered political satire 'obsolete'. Many were outraged by the award to Yasir Arafat in 1994 and others were equally appalled by the prize being awarded to Menachem Begin in 1978 especially in the light of his involvement with the terrorist group Irgun Zvai Leumi. The oddity culminated in 2007 when Al Gore was given the peace prize for writing about Global Warming, a slap in the face to all other peace activists that year who truly tried to end conflicts to save lives.

One factor that may fan the flames of controversy is the speed of recognition with regard to The Peace Prize in relation to the prizes for science and literature which are often awarded decades after the work that is being recognized. In contrast The Peace Prize has often been awarded only a year or so after the political events that have merited the award, and often well before the long term consequences of those events have become clear (and Arafat's award is particularly controversial in this respect).

Whatever the controversies The Peace Prize has, on many occasions, provided much needed recognition for a struggle against oppression that might have otherwise been ignored. Particularly clear examples of this have been the award in 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi for her heroic struggle against the brutal military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma) and the award in 1996 to Jose Ramos Horta and Bishop Belo of East Timor in recognition of their struggle against the oppressive and, at times, genocidal occupation of that country by the Indonesian government.

Anti-American bias in Literature award

In 2008, Horace Engdahl, the head of the Swedish Academy, was reported to have said that American novelists would never win the Nobel Prize for Literature, as the American novel was "too isolated and insular."

It took 30 years for an American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, despite most of the best writing of the era coming from America. When an American finally won, it was the socialist Sinclair Lewis in 1930, whose writing often bears a strong resemblance to anti-American, socialist propaganda.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Nobel Foundation: History
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Nobel Foundation: Nomination Facts
  3. http://www.stanfordu.edu/dept/news/news/2003/september24/tellerobit-924.html
  4. The Nobel Foundation: Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate
  5. The Nobel Foundation: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2003
  6. Creation on the Web: Super-scientist slams society’s spiritual sickness!
  7. The Chronicle: Prize Fight
  8. http://www.cf.ac.uk/maths/wickramasinghe/hoyle.html
  9. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,943324,00.html
  10. "Initially a popular alternative to General Relativity, the Brans-Dicke theory lost favor as it became clear that omega must be very large-an artificial requirement in some views. Nevertheless, the theory has remained a paradigm for the introduction of scalar fields into gravitational theory, and as such has enjoyed a renaissance in connection with theories of higher dimensional space-time."[1]