Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I know somebody famous!

I don't know how I managed to miss the announcement for the 2002 Nobel Prizes, but something I was reading yesterday mentioned Daniel Kahneman's 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics and a bell went off in my head. Surely, there weren't very many scientists/academians named Daniel Kahneman. So, I did a search this morning and sure enough, this is my old Psyc 200 prof! How very exciting!! He was (probably still is) an excellent prof too. I loved that man.

The year that I took the course from him (1983, University of British Columbia), I saw an article he'd written for Scientific American and talked to him about it. He was pleased that I, an undergrad no less, was interested and gave me a reprint of it, which I asked him to sign. This means I have an autograph from a Nobel Prize winner!!

This is even more exciting than when we went to see Noam Chomsky's talk. I am so pleased for Professor Kahneman.

I have to add that thespian celebrities don't excite me. Some people go to Hollywood to gawk at "stars", but those "celebrities" are generally (not all, of course) such fluff. Give me an intellectual any day!

"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)


Anonymous said...

Wow! It's very exciting to know someone who won a Nobel prize.

I agree with you about celebrities. I think that people who use their brains are far more interesting than the typical celebrity.

What did you study at the University of British Columbia?


ShadesOfGrey said...

I got my degree in linguistics (with a concentrations on speech science). Also did part of a degree in climatology where I met dh. :)

Anonymous said...

I took a few linguistic course at university - I find the subject quite interesting. :-)

Why part of a climatology degree? I assume meeting your wonderful DH has something to do with this.


ShadesOfGrey said...

Like many who don't know what to do with themselves after graduating from U, I didn't know what to do after I got my linguistics degree (gee, can't understand why since linguists are in such HUGE demand...hah!), so I just went back to school. The climate program asked for a lot of first yr science classes that I had already taken, so I thought I'd give it a try. Dh was my TA in one of those classes in the climate program (but we didn't date until after the class was over...despite the many nudge-nudge, wink-wink jokes I have to endure when people find out he was my TA). ;)

I never finished it because I felt I was in over my head...especially when I failed Diff Eq (as it turns out, many people fail Diff Eq...like this one guy who is now tenured faculty at Kansas - he failed it more than once! In retrospect, I guess I could have finished the degree; failing Diff Eq once was not such a horrible thing).

Oh well, I'm having much more fun doing art and writing anyway. :)