Remarks to the Commonwealth Club

“I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.”

Michael Crichton on Environmentalism and Religion. A must read.

3 Responses to Remarks to the Commonwealth Club

  1. David says:

    “But the natural world is not so malleable. On the contrary, it will demand that you adapt to it-and if you don’t, you die. It is a harsh, powerful, and unforgiving world, that most urban westerners have never experienced. ”

    Gee, I never realised, it sounds so terrible out there. Lucky I’m here wrapped up in my cosy little capitalist ecosystem substitute, where the world is caring, safe, fair and equitable.

    Its a pity he just didn’t have time to put those references at the bottom of his transcript. “Blue ribbon panels” – a name would be useful given that there are so many of them. For someone who is so strong on the facts and “hard science”, there is very little data to back up his arguments. Just a bit of a rant really

  2. Cat says:

    Yes, some friends and I had a long discussion about his rant. I also thought his lack of references was a copout. Some of the things he’s sure of are on awfully shaky ground–but maybe he’s being ironic?

    The thing I liked about the rant is the idea of an environmental movement free of ideology. But then some people can politicize anything, especially if it threatens their piles of cash.

  3. David says:

    I would have thought those who present economic theory as the solution to the world’s problems could be just as successfully compared to a religious movement, and are far more influential than the environmental movement. How many deaths (or lives lived out in poverty) could be attributed to market forces I wonder? Not much ‘hard science’ visible over at that end of the campus.