Nobel Laureate Peter Higgs: Universities Today Wouldn’t Hire Me
|December 11, 2013||Posted by Staff under Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt|
This 2013 excerpt of The Guardian, Dec 6, is by Decca Aitkenhead.
Peter Higgs, the physicist who laid the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, says he doubts any university would give him a job today.
Higgs says universities wouldn’t consider him productive enough — though the papers he published were important and of high quality, he didn’t have the volume necessary for serious consideration in today’s competitive employment environment. He doubts a similar breakthrough could be achieved in today’s academic culture, because of the expectations on academics to collaborate and keep churning out papers.
He said: “It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964.” Higgs, 84, said he would almost certainly have been sacked had he not been nominated for the Nobel in 1980.
Ed. Notes: If conventional schooling stifles progress, why are we subsidizing it? If, instead, we were to pay ourselves, the whole citizenry, a dividend from surplus public revenue — and for sure there’d be a surplus after we recover all the socially-generated values of sites, resources, and government-granted privileges — then the minds like Higgs’ (deep thinking, creative, and useful) would be liberated from the judgments of smaller minds. And as a society and species we’d be so much further along!