Nobel Laureates are Kind of Smart, Right?

October 15, 2008

Okay, here’s the deal. You’re stuck on a desert island with one other person. That person, luckily, is a Nobel Laureate. That’s pretty cool in itself, but what’s really great is you can be pretty sure that if anyone can figure out how to either get off that island, or survive for as long as possible, it’s gonna be that guy you’re with. Maybe some sort of freak survivalist may be better suited, but deep in your gut you know that survivalist would eat you.

Most reasonable people would defer to the Nobel Laureate for any major decisions to be made about surviving, or getting off the island. There are those that wouldn’t, we know who they are, those loud mouth morons who listen to Rush Limbaugh, the last person you want to be trapped on an island with (except for the stash of pain killers, that would be a nice benefit). Well, here we are, on that island. We are on an island of economic and world relations uncertainty, adrift and stranded upon the vast ocean of history, waiting for someone to tell us just what the heck to do.

Luckily, the Nobel Laureates are speaking up, loud and clear. All we need to do is listen to them and understand what exactly they are saying. I’m going to give each of us a huge advantage on this island, you’re now trapped upon the island of economic and foreign policy uncertainty with a whole consortium of Nobel Laureates.

Here they are:

  • Daniel McFadden, 2000 Nobel laureate
  • Edmund Phelps, 2006 Nobel laureate
  • Robert Solow, 1987 Nobel laureate
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel laureate
  • Peter Agre, Nobel Prize-winning scientist (Chemistry 2003)
  • Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning scientist (Medicine 1989)
  • Alexei Abrikosov (Nobel Laureate Physics 2003)
  • Roger Guillemin (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1977)
  • John L. Hall (Nobel Laureate Physics 2005)
  • Sidney Altman(Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1989)
  • Leland H. Hartwell (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2001)
  • Philip W. Anderson (Nobel Laureate Physics 1977)
  • Dudley Herschbach (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1986)
  • Richard Axel (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2004)
  • Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1981)
  • David Baltimore (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1975)
  • H. Robert Horvitz (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2002)
  • Baruj Benacerraf (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1980)
  • Louis Ignarro (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1998)
  • Paul Berg (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1980)
  • Eric R. Kandel (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2000)
  • J. Michael Bishop (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1989)
  • Walter Kohn (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1998)
  • Nicolaas Bloembergen (Nobel Laureate Physics 1981)
  • Roger Kornberg (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2006)
  • Michael S. Brown (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1985)
  • Leon M. Lederman (Nobel Laureate Physics 1988)
  • Linda B. Buck (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2004)
  • Craig C. Mello (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2006)
  • Mario R. Capecchi (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2007)
  • Marshall Nirenberg (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1968)
  • Stanley Cohen (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1986)
  • Douglas D. Osheroff (Nobel Laureate Physics 1996)
  • Leon Cooper (Nobel Laureate Physics 1972)
  • Stanley B. Prusiner (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1997)
  • James W. Cronin (Nobel Laureate Physics 1980)
  • Norman F. Ramsey (Nobel Laureate Physics 1989)
  • Robert F. Curl (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1996)
  • Robert Richardson (Nobel Laureate Physics 1996)
  • Johann Deisenhofer (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1988)
  • Burton Richter (Nobel Laureate Physics 1976)
  • John B. Fenn (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2002)
  • Sherwood Rowland (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1995)
  • Edmond H. Fischer (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1992)
  • Oliver Smithies (Nobel Laureate Medicine 2007)
  • Val Fitch (Nobel Laureate Physics 1980)
  • Richard Schrock (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2005)
  • Jerome I. Friedman (Nobel Laureate Physics 1990)
  • Joseph H. Taylor Jr. (Nobel Laureate Physics 1993)
  • Riccardo Giacconi (Nobel Laureate Physics 2002)
  • E. Donnall Thomas (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1990)
  • Walter Gilbert (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1980)
  • Charles H. Townes (Nobel Laureate Physics 1964)
  • Alfred G. Gilman (Nobel Laureate Medicine 1994)
  • Daniel C. Tsui (Nobel Laureate Physics 1998)
  • Donald A. Glaser (Nobel Laureate Physics 1960)
  • Sheldon Glashow (Nobel Laureate Physics 1979)
  • James D. Watson(Nobel Laureate Medicine1962)
  • Joseph Goldstein(Nobel Laureate Medicine 1985)
  • Eric Wieschaus(Nobel Laureate Medicine 1995)
  • Paul Greengard(Nobel Laureate Medicine 2000)
  • Frank Wilczek(Nobel Laureate Physics 2004)
  • David Gross(Nobel Laureate Physics 2004)
  • Robert W. Wilson(Nobel Laureate Physics 1978)
  • Robert H. Grubbs (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2005)
  • Martin Chalfie (Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2008)

“Dude, we’re totally getting off this island” you’re probably thinking. You’re probably right. These people are smart like the day is long. But what is it that all of these Nobel Laureates are saying for you to do?

Vote Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. That’s what each and every one has said. These are endorsers of Senator Obama, and I urge you to listen to them. They know how to get off of this desolate island of uncertainty, and we just have to listen to them.

(Thanks to Girl du Jour for the idea, as they posted a list of endorsers where I thought of this post)



  1. Thanks for the nod.

    You can check out Obama supporters here:

    In the spirit of equal time, I also compiled a list of McCain supporters (which is, not surprisingly, much shorter) here:

  2. P.S. I didn’t waste time looking for Palin supporters. I figured that would be an exercise in futility. Besides, if anyone did support her, they would automatically be deemed an idiot by the simple act of doing so.

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