Modesty, Thy Name Is Trivers

Rutgers suspends prof whose greatness renders him unable to teach courses that are beneath him

“I don’t want to sound immodest, but I am one of the greatest social theorists in evolutionary biology alive, period,” Trivers told the campus newspaper. “I won the Crafoord Prize, which is considered the Nobel Prize for evolution, [worth] half a million dollars. I’m not an underperformer.”

In a fine act of academic gutlessness, the suspension is with pay. Some people call this “vacation”.


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