Science and celebrityPosted: February 20, 2013
Some rich guys who don’t warrant mentioning just did a nice thing and gave $3 million (each!) to a handful of fantastic scientists:
I am happy for these people who got this incredibly weirdly large windfall – I would never begrudge anyone a little good luck and recognition after a lot of hard work. However, I am generally disgusted by the celebritization of science and the kinds of incentives it creates. We have this whole generation of little douchey assholes who would rather give a TED talk than actually do something that benefits their field of inquiry. Science is the ultimate collective enterprise, and by singling out stars and heroes, the way science works is distorted and perverted. And this celebrity mindset leads to stupid, media-friendly, ego-fuelled boondoggles like this billion dollar fake brain gee-gaw in the E.U. and the recent “functional map of the human brain” nonsense in the U.S.