I suggested that Noah Smith must be trolling when he argues that the public takes economists more seriously than physicists. Noah retorted in the comments: “I ain’t trollin’! People think physicists are smart, but could a physicist write a book about where to get lunch and get taken seriously?”
Now I appreciate a jab at Tyler Cowen as much as the next guy, but this is really too much. Let me speak on behalf of the physicists:
PHYSICISTS: Yes Noah, you guys write your books on finding lunch, or how to make a marriage last, and some people will buy them. But we tell the public there is no God and it’s big news. Oh, by the way. When we physicists destroy countries…it’s on purpose.