The Nobel prizes are among the world’s most prestigious honors. But they also generate a fair amount of controversy. As this year’s laureates prepare for Nobel Week, some critics are calling for an overhaul of the entire process.
Advocates say the Nobels are important because they draw attention to critical developments in science and human rights advancement, awarding those “who have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind” in the previous 12 months. But criticism is growing over a lack of transparency and the awards’ tendency to overlook women and minorities.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss whether the Nobel prizes are still relevant, ways to improve the process and the accomplishments of this year’s winners. Join the conversation.
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