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Crackpot John Holdren will become Obama's science adviser
the reference frame ^ | friday, december 19, 2008 | Lubos Motl

Posted on 12/20/2008 11:34:14 AM PST by jsh3180

Science magazine reports that John Holdren, a professional environmental judgment day doomsayer, is going to become Barack Obama's top science adviser.

See also NY Times Tierney Lab: Flawed science advice for Obama?

John Holdren is the ultimate example of the pseudointellectual impurities that have recently flooded universities and academies throughout the Western world.

Population growth means death

Do you want to know what is his specialization? Well, look at his publication list at No, he hasn't found anything about laser cooling, like Steven Chu, despite his PhD in plasma physics. Instead, he has only written 3 very well-known texts - with at least 100 citations - and all of them are about the "catastrophic" population growth. A few additional, newer articles with 50 citations or so are about the "catastrophic" climate change.

The most famous article, by far (400+ cits), is his and Paul Ehrlich's 1971 text in Science magazine,

Impact of Population Growth.

The subtitle says that "complacency concerning this component of man's predicament is unjustified and counterproductive". In other words, it is an unforgivable crime not to be hysterical about the population growth. Wow. They study the "interlocking crises" in population, resources, and environment that have been the "focus of countless papers, dozens of prestigious symposia, and a growing avalanche of books".

Recall that the second author, Paul Ehrlich, predicted that 4 billions of people (90% of the 1980 total), including 65 million Americans (28% of the 1980 figure), would perish of hunger in "Great Die-Off" in the 1980s. Well, Holdren and Ehrlich may have narcissistically talked about "prestigious symposia" but it's hard to change the fact that events where people compete who is going to propose a more absurd die-off scenario are just gatherings of pompous loons.

Do I really have to argue that their forecasts have been proven remarkably wrong? Do I have to argue that all similar papers are likely to be wrong because the "arguments" in them are simply not rational? It's no science.

In the particular Ehrlich-Holdren paper, they discussed five "theorems", as they boldly call this idiotic stuff. For example, the first "theorem" says that "population growth causes a disproportionate negative impact on the environment". The last one argues that "theoretical solutions to the problem are often not operational and sometimes they are not solutions".

These are great theorems! They're so accurate, well-defined, rigorously proven, and universally valid! ;-) I am sure that in insane asylums, they would use different words than "theorems" to describe these manifestations of their anxiety disorders. The paper then studies variations of the I=PAT formula which is either completely vacuous or completely wrong, depending on your interpretation of the letters.

CO2 emissions mean death

The old predicted catastrophes about the "lethal population growth" have largely evaporated from the public discourse - "population growth" is no longer equated with "great die-off" - but people like Holdren have simply found a new kind of a catastrophe that apparently hasn't been fully discredited yet, the climate change.

Nowadays, they equate "CO2 emissions" with a "great die-off". Details have changed but the dishonest, unscientific, extremely ideological, and political essence of their movement hasn't. These people are like RNA viruses of flu. You may think that you have already gained immunity against this stuff but instead, the viruses have mutated just a little bit and they're back. They will be always with us.

These days, his main weapon is to articulate more radical and scary forecasts about the climate than (almost) anyone else who uses a proper English grammar. ;-) And he is always careful to be called "Professor" and "big guy" by all the journalists, see for example this BBC piece where he blames President Bush for a 7-meter rise of the sea level (??) and his recent op-ed in the Boston Globe where he attacks the climate skeptics, again without a glimpse of a rational argument. There is absolutely no valuable content in anything that Holdren has ever produced. It's just plain bullshit sold in such a way that gullible people happily eat it and smack their lips.

I simply can't stand pompous fools like that. Because of his Harvard affiliation, I may have talked to him during a Society of Fellows dinner and I may have forgotten: it's hard to imagine that I could smile with the knowledge I have today. You may also see Richard Lindzen's essay to learn more about the methods how John Holdren and others have elected themselves to the National Academy of Sciences and similar bodies. It's plain disgusting.


It's very bad that people whose approach to the world is the exact opposite of science - because they prefer irrational phobias, "prestige" of symposia, and visible jobs paid by gullible manipulated folks over rational, humble, careful, and ever more refined scientific arguments and findings - are being linked to science, and it is bad that President-elect Obama is helping to distort the definition of science and its proper role in the society in this way.

And that's the memo.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: climatechange; climatecycles; econut; globalwarming; hysteria; johnholdren; obama; obamatransitionfile
From the blog of former Harvard physics professor Lubos Motl, now living back in the Czech Republic, where it seems people still have sanity regarding climate and enviro issues. Motl writes a great blog, highly recommended, IMO.
1 posted on 12/20/2008 11:34:14 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: jsh3180

We are so screwed.

2 posted on 12/20/2008 11:41:21 AM PST by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Yeah, I had a different word in mind, but the same meaning :-)

3 posted on 12/20/2008 11:42:44 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: jsh3180

The problem with an idea of catastrophic population growth is actually much of the world is now BELOW replacement level. The growth is coming from third world countries.

4 posted on 12/20/2008 11:42:49 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: jsh3180; WL-law; Genesis defender; proud_yank; FrPR; enough_idiocy; Desdemona; rdl6989; ...
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5 posted on 12/20/2008 11:45:45 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: rwfromkansas

That’s the thing, they want the U.S. reduced to a third world
status country while the undeveloped countries rise to the fore.

6 posted on 12/20/2008 12:11:50 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: jsh3180

I really resent the waste of money that will ensue when these cranks are in government positions of influence.

7 posted on 12/20/2008 12:15:53 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: jsh3180

This is all getting to be beyond absurd. The man-child Odumbo continues his bumbling stumble towards irrelevancy.

8 posted on 12/20/2008 1:00:19 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: jsh3180

When the bombs start falling, these intellectuals fold like cheap suits.

9 posted on 12/20/2008 1:24:54 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Yeah, but when the bombs start falling, these intellectuals/elites will all have nice, cushy, safe bomb shelters miles below ground zero. We’re the ones that will be folding. Or more like...going “poof”.

We truly ARE screwed.

10 posted on 12/20/2008 3:43:07 PM PST by XenaLee
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To: XenaLee

It was nice knowin’ ya.

Merry Christmas!


11 posted on 12/20/2008 3:56:58 PM PST by Canedawg ("The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it")
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