The EXTREME VICTORS of Nobel Prizes!
Muttakin Rashid Alvi
Which educated person doesn't know Albert Einstein? Rabbis and scholars tried to mystify what it is about Jews that make them extreme at science. Arieh Warshel, Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus are the three Jewish scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year. Francois Englert, a Jewish scientist was half of the team that won the Nobel Prize in Physics this year as well. James E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman were two of the three scientists who were awarded the Nobel prizes in Medicine.
Jews consist only 0.2 percent of the whole planet's population. They have an astonishing 22 percent of Nobel Prizes. In fact, 6 Jewish and 2 Israelis have won Novel Prizes this year.
2 kinds of concepts have been introduced. First one is that Jews have extraordinary genes. The Enterprise Institute scholar and co-author of The Bell Curve, Charles Murray set out the case for this some years ago in an essay in Commentary called “Jewish Genius," He wrote apparently that “Something in the genes explains nailing Jewish IQ.” Another concept is that Jews love having a relation with the books, as Israeli economics master Robert Aumann said that Jewish homes have overflowing bookshelves. Completely the generations we have given great honor to this intellectual assignment.
How many times has the same old joke come up about Jewish parents wanting their children to grow up to be doctors and engineers? Or at the very least wed a doctor or engineer? Well, there's some truth to the pressure of rising up in a family where not going to college is not an option. If success within the learning system is expected and demanded, then you're going to have a lot more people (out of anxiety of failure and disrespecting their families) entering the medical and law fields and succeeding, gosh darn it, because Jewish guilt is hardcore.
After the decay of the Second Temple (the center of Jewish religion and ceremonies), Jews needed to become literate for continuing to study and practice Judaism. Literacy helped the religion endure and kept Jews from becoming included into the surrounding cultures. Literacy is also believed to be a skill necessary for economic development. This became an advantage for the Jewish people from the Middle Ages onward.
As imperishable outsiders, especially ones that are constant targets of hateful crimes, Jews have learnt to be cautious, even faithless of others, and have no problem questioning administration. The immortal side-eye that Jews give to the world allows us to see things through a unique lens. If you're used to questioning what is seen as ‘True’ and pushing the limits of exploration, then you're probably going to trip upon discoveries a bit more frequently and be more open for trying something unorthodox.