the ugly truth
Pianka and Mims
I'm getting some email requests to state my opinion on some claims by Forrest M. Mims. Mims attended a talk by Eric Pianka, in which he claims Pianka advocated the "slow and torturous death of over five billion human beings." I wasn't there, and I don't know exactly what was said, but I will venture a few opinions and suggestions.
- I assure you that biologists do not have a secret plan to deliberately murder nine-tenths of the planet's human beings in order to make room for more bacteria. The suggestion is ludicrous and is little more than an absurd conspiracy theory.
- There's another account of the talk online. It mentions nothing of a plan to intentionally infect people with airborne ebola and kill a majority of the people on Earth. Pianka does clearly state that the planet is overpopulated and that we cannot sustain our growth, and may have already exceeded what we can maintain at a desirable style of living. That's the kind of thing an audience of ecologists would readily agree to, and is a truth they would applaud as an honest and strongly stated opinion.
- Forrest Mims is not a credible source. He is a disgruntled creationist (...)
- I suspect that what we have here is a vocal scientist who tactlessly spoke an unpleasant truth—we are burning through the resources of our world at a prodigious and unsustainable rate, heedless of the future, and we can expect Nature in the form of a devastating disease to strike back
May the maker bless Eric Pianka.
I've said it myself, and I believe it. "Humanity as a whole has all the brains of an algae bloom." A perpetually growing population is not an entitlement such that your fucking real estate can go up in value. There is no real difference for human culture if one were to compare a global population of 1 billion people and 9 billion people, except 9 billion people will consume Earth Services faster than they can be replaced.
Further, there is no difference between a population of 100 million and 20 billion, except that 20 billion people would, after eating all the fish in the ocean, start harvesting the scabrous critters that live off the black smokers, as a last ditch effort to maintain their squalid way of life.
Shall we sit on our throne of bleached corral and wait for the end, or will humans manage population with eyes wide open? And BY THE WAY, death camps are not what I am suggesting. Rather, contraception. Wrap the Pope in a huge condom.
The truth hurts. It is getting harder to ignore.