When Professor Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago received the news that he had won the Nobel Memorial Prize in
Chronobiology delves into everything from jet lag to sleep problems to depression.
“Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals," he wrote.
According to Gunnar Stålsett, if one looks at the texts where the Nobel Committee states the reasons for selecting each person for the Prize, there is hardly any reference to religion or spirituality as the motivating source.
President Barack Obama. The Nobel Peace Prize. Wow. Already? After determining that we are still in 2009 and I hadn't pulled a Rip Van Winkle, I then wondered if I was reading the title correctly.
For those who wish to undermine the president, this award will prove a fertile talking point for raising questions about whether he will prove to be more about optics or substance.