Comments on: On winner-takes-all academia http://rethinkuva.org/blog/2015/05/13/on-winner-takes-all-academia/ UvA Staff for a New University Wed, 13 May 2015 20:42:39 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 By: Sanli http://rethinkuva.org/blog/2015/05/13/on-winner-takes-all-academia/#comment-1136 Wed, 13 May 2015 20:42:39 +0000 http://rethinkuva.org/?p=1382#comment-1136 Thanks for speaking the intolerable truth!
And add to it that decisions are made by over-burdened “broad” committees with almost random final decisions, as I have heard from many committee members that admit it themselves.
Tossing a coin is not only statistically equally reliable, it is even more academic-friendly as it will even save many of those progressive proposals that are self-censored by their authors who are ironically afraid to be judged as “too ambitious” or “too risky” proposals. Several people has suggested already that a lottery is an equally good if not a better way of distributing limited research funds but there is not enough courage in the administrators to admit that, and the “elite” scientists will certainly block it.

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