GRE Essay Topic 230 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "High-profile awards such as the Nobel Prize are actually damaging to society because they reinforce an unhealthy desire for recognition."
The statement is flawed due to its downplaying the role of school or college in cultivating students, as far as I am concerned. It's reasonable to associate personal discipline with great significance concerning learning knowledge, but there are still considerable students lacking motivation in n...
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Paul Krugman is a celebrated economist who has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal and the Nobel. The latter is awarded by the Swedish Academy. The former is awarded by the American Economic Association to the American economist, under the age of 40 who has distinctivly contrubuted to economics and many compare it with the Nobel. So both awards are rather prestigeous along with many more awards in various scientific areas. Is this kind of recognition becoming adverse? Do they nurture obsessions to win a mere award instead of pation for advancing science? Perhaps one becomes obsessive distinctions. Yet, momentus rewards are exclussively bestowed to those who lead their science one step farther.
Probably, someone would argue that Krugman was obsessed about winning the Nobel Prize and he might was. Nontheless, his contribution in economics of international trade is undoubtful, and he is considered a pioneer in this area. The result of that impationate desire for recognition - if that is true - motivated Krugman to open new doors in his scientific field. In other words, regardless the selfish motives underlaying the inventions, or the scientific discoveries and the theories, the fact is that these contributions take science, and, along with it, mankind to a further point.
In addition to the impact of selfish and ostentatious scientists, recognition constitutes a very powerful motive. There is no reason why an inclination for public recognition should be condemned as baleful. The point is that the desire to be in the lime light serves indeed as a motive. In the same way that someone is motivated by helping societies to evolve and advance, anotehr scientist is motivated by distinctive awards. What matters is that the motive exists and that in the end society will benefit from the motivated researcher or academic.
Critiques may argue that the pursue of professional recognition and distinction may lead to fascinating, yet useless, scientific theories. In other words, when a scientist aims esclussively to win prestigeous awards he may do so in producing theories that bear no benefit for mankind. However, the uselessness is sometimes rather temporare. When the non-Eucledian algebra was developed, a Fields Medal (the most distinctive award for Mathematiceans) was awarded; but non-Euclidean algebra was regarded by mathematiceans to be a fascinating and entertaining leisure until some years later it ended up having ample implementation in Universe Physics and in Telecommunications.
The desire for recognition has led to scientific outbreaks, and itself serves as a motive for such scientific progress. Even if initially this advancement appears to be useless, later on scientists may need it to make even farther steps. All in all, society benefits from the existence of awards and these awards are a way to say "thank you".