Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Vegetarian Nobel Laureates

I'm sure you've all been dying to know how many Nobel Laureates were vegetarians. Well, here's the answer. It was was on the back of a flyer received by one of the Skepchicks [An Appeal to Chickens and Other Logical Fallacies]. She's asking you to review the front part of the flyer to see how many logical fallacies you can identify.

It's interesting that only one Nobel Laureate won the Noble Prize for Physiology or Medicine. I guess the "logic" behind being a vegetarian isn't as obvious to biologists as it is to writers of fiction.




12 comments:

  1. Isaac Newton was not a vegetarian.

    William Hyde

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  2. Of the 14 Nobel laureates, 9 represent "soft" prizes (Peace and Literature).

    To simplify, it can be said that smart(er) people tend to eat meat. So there!

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  3. After Linus Pauling's Vitamin C theories, I'm not sure that he is the best source for dietary advice ;-)

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  4. This seems loopy to me (a vegetarian, by the way) - why would getting a nobel on one thing be a reason to think something else they did was good?

    This is argument from authority ... i.e. crap.

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  5. This poster fails to reject the idea that vegetarianism weakens one's logic.

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  6. I'm also fairly certain that Franklin was not a vegetarian.

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    1. “My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension”.  ~Benjamin Franklin

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  7. The Dalai Lama is also not vegetarian, somebody check the names on the list before posting.

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    1. "To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."
        Mahatma Gandhi

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    2. Yes, but he doesn't care about the life of a rice plant, does he?

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  8. I saw this report "Nations That Consume a Lot of Milk Also Win a Lot of Nobel Prizes" dated Jan. 14, 2013 in this link

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130114192704.htm .

    You may take a look. Thanks.

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