Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DI Pseudo-economist Comments on Brexit

Let's see normally Stephen C. Meyer, the Discovery Institute Director of The Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, confines himself to writing pseudo-scientific diatribes about Evolution (Signature in the Cell) and Paleontology (Darwin's Doubt and its admission of inadequacy: Debating Darwin's Doubt).

Now just days after the Brexit vote, days in which nearly every economist on the planet is basically saying they don't know what's going to happen . . . Meyer dons his pseudo-economist tweed jacket with mismatched elbow patches and has an article in the National Review.  The Discovery Institute has a press release on it, "Stephen Meyer on Brexit: Markets Have Nothing to Fear".  Just to remember, what is his background?

Meyer graduated Cum Laude in 1981 with a B.S. degree double major in Physics and Earth Science and a minor in Philosophy from Whitworth College . . . Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he earned a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science  . . .(Wikipedia: Stephen C. Meyer)

I underlined his areas of study and funny . . . he's not an economist!  Yes, he is entitled to his opinion, but that's all it is, an opinion.  Like anyone commenting in such a way, he has a 50-50 shot at being right, but not that it matters.  I am sure the DI will find some way to spin it into a victory -- whatever the reality.  Suddenly they may well be marketing Meyer as an economist.  Maybe he is looking to expand his resume and follow in the footsteps of Dembski and Luskin and part ways with the DI!


  1. I don't think Meyer is going anywhere. He's making six figures with the DI just in director's salary. He's likely making a pretty penny with book deals, funded largely by the DI. And there's enough of a trickle of "research" that he can likely milk this until retirement, roughly ten years from now.

    His portfolio likely took a hit from Brexit. He's likely concerned, due to his imminent retirement when that portfolio will be his main income stream. I wouldn't be surprised if he wrote the Brexit "analysis" as a way to reassure himself that he'll be OK.

    1. I don't think he's going anywhere either, just trying to tweak their nose.