The Northerners (later explained) awarded two Nobel Prizes in a week, which together show a certain dose of schizophrenia. First for peace and the other for economics (honestly and as it is known, the prize for economics is not actually "Nobel").
As far as economics is concerned, the founder of Alfred Nobel did not name her in the will, she was "added" only in the late 1960s. As far as the peace is concerned, it does not award this award to the Royal Swedish Academy, but to the Norwegian Parliamentary Committee. And the prize for economy is the Swedish National Bank. But that is not so essential.
The Peace Prize was awarded to the organization with a fairly humorous name, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Yes, there is actually abolish, so cancel. Do not forbid or restrict. Cancel. I do not know if something can be discarded once discovered. From a scientific point of view, I say not. But here's no science, here's politics. And that is an area of unlimited possibilities.
I do not take this organization in any way of its merits and I do not deny the necessity of trying really hard to never use the atomic weapon. But I'm saying that we can not achieve this with anti-bombing campaigns. It is simply not the only way to create such relations among peoples that eliminate the risk of conflict as much as possible. In a world where nuclear weapons have states like North Korea, India and Pakistan, where South Africa has managed its production (but has voluntarily renounced its hold, which does not mean that it can produce it) where Israel has it, where production is likely to handle in Iran, and if there were to be at least ten or even thirty other countries, the "canceling" of nuclear weapons is something like catching invasive rabbits in Australia.
The Nobel Prize for Economics was received by Richard H. Thaler, a behavioural economist this year. When I really simplify this, my research is about the fact that people (not humanity, but each individual person) do not behave in a normal and economic situation rationally. In other words for example, the fact that even highly rational long-term strategies are often displaced or rejected for short-term and immediate incentives. He introduced economics to the term: nudge, as an indication of an immediate impulse that eliminates even long-term goals. It also revealed the long-term effects of economic behaviour in distress. People will come to a store when they need a solution (for example, in a product shortage, a high price at X dealer), but keep that (humiliation) in mind. At the usual, later time, then X will not pick up, but they will look for the Y reseller (though it is more remote and otherwise completely interchangeable with the X dealer). Therefore, they do not act 100% rationally, but they put an element of "revenge" into their economic behavioural pattern, paying off the dealers X for humiliation when they have to accept a high price.
Richard Thaler was to receive both awards. For peace and economy. Researchers of behavioural economists, who have changed the view of the whole economic system in the past twenty years and are shown as a major addition to the older economic models, have been influenced by many political scientists and practitioners. So far only a little, but the impact is growing and growth will continue. Behavioural economics is primarily about the research of the psychological aspects of economic behaviour, but as a result we can say that every human behaviour is in principle economic (it can be transferred with a certain amount of exaggeration to economic expression). A behavioural approach to controlling and eliminating nuclear-related hazards is first of all rational in this respect, and secondly, in the long run, certainly more successful than the idea that abolish can be achieved.
While I respect the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, they should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Dreams.