Oops on the pic, must be the tech junkies dependence on widescreen monitors :wink:
It has occurred to me reading the About the Author of "Who Are You" that the man 'recognised as the world's foremost authority on the science of identity' is sadly lacking in recognition. Siddha has devoted his life to (cough) science and conducted such wonderful experiments as throwing water on a duck to prove that water rolls right off just like the problems of life should and made such enlightening revealations on the existence of the soul as contained in the Who Are You chapter 'Examine A Corpse' (erm, I think I'll take your word on this) to furthering the research that homosexuality is unnatural because during intercourse the partners don't look into each others eyes :?
I mean he ought to have some sort of award right? I know that everyone here wants to see Siddha recognised for his decades of dedication to the science of identity. I propose that we join together in the spirit of cooperation and the ardent desire to see the man gets what he deserves in lobbying for Siddha to win an Ig-Nobel prize.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative -- and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.
[b:1fde505c6e]L.Ron has one![/color:1fde505c6e][/b:1fde505c6e]
1994 Prize for Literature went to L. Ron Hubbard, ardent author of science fiction and founding father of Scientology, for his crackling Good Book, "Dianetics," which is highly profitable to mankind or to a portion thereof.
I've checked out their website and can't see any reason for him not to be nominated. It is highly competitive but dammit I am sure that I can put together an impressive application. Give the man what he deserves!
We receive well more than 5000 new nominations every year; these are added to the (enormous) pool of nominees from previous years. The ten new winners are selected by the The Ig Nobel Board of Governors. The Board is composed of scientists (including several Nobel Laureates), science writers, athletes, public officials, and other individuals of greater or lesser eminence. By tradition, for balance, on the final day of deliberations a random passerby is invited help make the decision.
The Board sifts through the nominations, narrowing the list to a group of finalists. The Board then investigates whether each of the finalists (a) exists, and (b) has actually done what the nomination claims.
As stated above, the Igs are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative, and spur people's interest in science.The Ig Nobel Board of Governors tries very, very, very hard to make sure that the Igs will not accidentally (or otherwise) damage the career or prospects of any winner. In cases where it seems likely or possible that this unusual honor might cause harm to a nominee, the Board of Governors simply awards the Prize to some other nominee.
The winners are invited to travel, at their own expense, to the gala awards ceremony at Harvard University. In recent years, half of more of the winners have participated in the ceremonies.
The awards are sometimes veiled criticism — as in the two awards given for homeopathy research, prizes in "science education" to Kansas and Colorado state boards of education for their stance regarding the teaching of evolution — or the prize awarded to Social Text after the Sokal Affair; but most often draw attention to scientific articles that have some funny or unexpected aspect. Examples range from the discovery that the presence of humans tends to sexually arouse ostriches, to the statement that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell, to research on the "five-second rule," a tongue-in-cheek belief that food dropped on the floor won't become contaminated if it is picked up within five seconds.
[b:1fde505c6e]Please consider giving your support to the campaign for Chris Butler to win an Ig-Nobel prize[/b:1fde505c6e][/color:1fde505c6e]