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Do Jews Win Too Many Nobel Prizes?

Samir 'Ubeid, an Iraqi researcher living in Europe, is upset that the Nobel Prize was awarded to "167 Jews, from among those 15 million scattered around the world, while abandoning 1.5 billion Chinese, a billion Indians, and 380 million Arabs."

He adds "this is racism."

Mr. 'Ubeid thinks that, because the gene for genius is equally distributed among all human ethnic groups, prizes acknowledging such genius should likewise be equally distributed. Quotas for the Nobel Prize, if you will. This is an affront to Arab dignity, because so few of them receive the prize as compared to Jews. Is it possible that Arab societies - imprisoned by despotisms that stifle economic and scientific progress, and suffering from woeful levels of illiteracy and miseducation - are the real culprits here?

No - the real reason is that "this prize stems from the core of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

There's that woeful miseducation at work right there.

'Ubeid has inadvertently lurched into an interesting point here, Jews do seem overrepresented in winning such prizes. Unlike Mr. 'Ubied I am quite comfortable and secure in my own ethnic heritage, and so I am not the least bit threatened by Jews running away with all the prizes. Face it, Jews have simply had an impact on history, arts and sciences all out of proportion to their numbers. Much of it has been great for civilization and humanity, some not so great. Compare and contrast:

Milton Friedman
Karl Marx

And that is just in the field of economics.

So how has this come about? I am not Jewish and so I cannot explain it - but I have a feeling that a great many Jews cannot explain it either. Perhaps 'Ubaid is wrong and there is in fact some kind of 'genius gene' more commonly found in Jews than others. Or, perhaps there is some X factor in Jewish culture that fosters such accomplishment.

In any event, I wish someone would inform Mr. 'Ubaid that placing his own racism and bigotry onto others is a psychological phenomenon known as 'projection'.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 17 November 2006 03:30 PM


Maybe because Jews are the chosen people?...

Posted by: zsa zsa at November 17, 2006 04:34 PM

"Arab societies - imprisoned by despotisms" and their own willingness to be driven back into the tenth century by a religion that teaches hate and violence is really not conducive to producing another Albert Einstein. Maybe a Frank Einstein.

To solve the problem, we should come up with some Nobel Prizes categories that the Arab world could win. Nah, I won't go there.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at November 17, 2006 05:19 PM

Frank Einstein!

So good I will actually spell it out - L.aughing O.ut L.oud!

Posted by: Ken McCracken at November 17, 2006 06:35 PM

EB, Ken... Iran or Ahmadinejad and Radical Extreme Islam could get the UN Peace Prize???

Posted by: zsa zsa at November 17, 2006 06:40 PM


Yeah, they would be dead ringers for the UN Peace Prize. You could also throw in the UN Chemistry and Physics Prizes. They would have to share those prizes with France and Germany.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at November 18, 2006 07:47 AM

Maybe Jews like me just lack a gene that Arabs have. The Suicide Bomber gene. Just a guess but I think there's a good possibility that we spend a lot more time thinking of how to accomplish useful things instead of devising ways to kill people.

Posted by: bullwinkle at November 18, 2006 04:29 PM

Bullwinkle... Personally I find that suicide bomber gene very UN sexy! Call me a prude. BUT that suicide bomber gene thing just doesn't do it for me!

Posted by: zsa zsa at November 18, 2006 06:39 PM

Heh, she calls it UN sexy.

Like, wearing a blue helmet with a suicide bomber belt?

Posted by: Ken McCracken at November 18, 2006 07:34 PM

Has anyone ever analyzed or connected the sudden fall of the Soviet Union with its mass exodus of the Jews in the early 1980's and forward -- and the corresponding increasing strength and vitality of the USA with a remaining large proportion of the Jewish population? (And with only fewer remaining Jews in Western Europe, they are sliding quickly down.)

Posted by: ted at November 19, 2006 10:44 AM

You mean memorization of the Quran won't win you a Nobel prize?

Even for strapping TNT around your midsection and blowing up Pizza parlors full of teenagers?

Posted by: DANEgerus at November 20, 2006 10:44 AM

It's a conspiracy I tell ya!

...if you study something other then Mein Kampf and bombmaking it appears your chance of winning a Nobel prize goes up about 1,834 times.

Posted by: DANEgerus at November 20, 2006 10:58 AM

Perhaps it's because Jewish families encourage their children to go into science, the law, and politics (in decreasing mental ability order)...whilst the Musnuts encourage their children to go into suicide bombing, advanced gunplay, and general idiocy - all whilst blaming the Jews for the fact that they're still stuck in the 6th century.

Posted by: Da Coyote at November 20, 2006 11:49 AM