Winston: The rules for awarding Nobel Prizes stipulate that no more than three people can share the same prize. Nobel...

Kenji on May 18 at 08:14AM

June 2017 SEC 2 Q26

I also chose B as an answer because both agreed that rules governing the Science award is not adequate. While they may not have mentioned other disciplines does this agreement alone allow us to conclude that both agree on the necessity of different rule for science award? Thanks in advance!

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Shunhe on May 19 at 12:37AM

Hi @kenken,

Thanks for the question! So you’re right in that both agreed that rules governing the science award might not be adequate. But as you pointed out, neither of them mentioned their opinions on other disciplines. So yes, they generally conclude that there are some issues with the rules for awarding Nobel Prizes in scientific disciplines. But we can’t go on from that to extrapolate about how they think about the rules governing the Nobel Prizes in scientific disciplines being different from rules for other Nobel Prizes. They might, for example, think all the other ones should be changed too, even though they should all still be standardized. And so (B) isn’t quite as supported as (E), which tells us that Nobel Prizes are inaccurate indicators of scientists’ contributions to their disciplines. Both would clearly agree on this, since both point out flaws with the rules, and so (E) is the correct answer.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.