Thursday, August 24, 2006


The new Jonathan Swift or raving nut-ball?
From the Citizen Scientist website:

In a speech given by Dr. Eric Pianka who was named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist award to the Academy he suggested that “We're no better than bacteria!”
"Pianka then began laying out his concerns about how human overpopulation is ruining the Earth. He presented a doomsday scenario in which he claimed that the sharp increase in human population since the beginning of the industrial age is devastating the planet. He warned that quick steps must be taken to restore the planet before it's too late." He asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.

"AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world's population is airborne Ebola ( Ebola Reston ), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs."
"When Pianka finished his remarks, the audience applauded. It wasn't merely a smattering of polite clapping that audiences diplomatically reserve for poor or boring speakers. It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause."
"With this, the questioning was over. Immediately almost every scientist, professor and college student present stood to their feet and vigorously applauded the man who had enthusiastically endorsed the elimination of 90 percent of the human population. Some even cheered."

Might I suggest that Proffessor Pianka volunteer for the first round of Earth cleansing.

1 comment:

Bryan Saxton said...

This is a prime example of pragmatism over morality, or, as political scientists like to categorize it, Realism.