Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Counting on fiction writers to dispute global warming?

I read Crichton’s State of Fear today. It seems like a terribly long story to relate the idea that there are a lot of uncertainties in climate science, today’s media tends to oversimplify and thereby misinform people about complex scientific topics, and good intentions are not enough to fix things especially if you are poorly informed.

A bit of skepticism is entertaining, but a 630 page churlish diatribe against environmental groups strikes me as excessive. On the other hand I agree with his argument that we are being purposefully (and ceaselessly) scared out of our wits by the powers that be to maintain a certain order that they find advantageous.


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