Skip to comments.Michael Crichton: Fear and Complexity [State of Fear + Why Politicized Science is Dangerous]
Posted on 01/04/2006 7:49:59 AM PST by Tolik
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"Nailed it", is right! bttt
Aw c'mon! Surely some big name actor - Costner? Cruise? Cage? - would love to play the part of the fatuous arrogant actor who gets tenderized and eaten by cannibals? Sort of hoist on his own petard!
There are only two viable political parties in America. We must give our allegiance to the political party in which we have a voice. For Crichton --- and for us --- that ain't the DemocRAT Party of today. He knows it, too.
Thanks for posting this.
Great book, finally out in paperback. I finished it a few weeks ago.
Thanks for posting this. Mark. Bought the book for my dad this Christmas. I have read it twice! State of Fear is an EXCELLENT book, if only for the wonderful fate awaiting the Martin Sheen character!!! I love Michael Crichton.
Crichton has pretty much sacrificed his career to the cause of intellectual honesty. I hope he made enough dough off The Andromeda Strain and Airframe to carry him.
I agree with your sentiments, I tend to use the word "conservationist" when describing myself. I learned most of my conservation ideals from my father and from the Boy Scouts. The stances that the wacko environmentalist take are almost always on the extreme and the one thing they always misunderestimate (that was done on purpose) is that mother nature is a powerful b@*&$. This should not stop us from being responsible to the environment but we are a minor blip in the the grand scheme of things.
State Of Fear was a great read...
Isn't he an Executive Producer for "ER"? I'm sure that puts a little spending money in his pocket from time to time.
Thanks for your reply. I'll go with "conservationist" (sounds a lot like "conservative") and see if that helps. I cringe when I hear the right talk about "envirowackos", though I understand what they're talking about. Just because the ELF or EarthFirst crowd are nuts or some in the other groups are corrupt and/or stupid, does not mean that the entire concept of conservation is worthless. That is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Thanks Suzi Q, guess I'll pick that one up at the library, once I'm finished reading Narnia.
Yeah, I liked the book, it makes lots of good points. I have to agree with the poster who wondered how many future movie contracts Crichton will be offered. He is a proven money maker though, so I can imagine he'll sell others, if not this one.
My favorite Chricton movie is "The Great Train Robbery" with Connery.
I didn't know if you had seen this or not. It might work for the Global Warming list.
Is this the thread BIGLOOK??
Wow Sarge -- try THIS article on for size today if you get bored over there! *G*
I copied the whole story to a word doc. so I can read it at will -- when I have time to digest. It looks fascinating!!!
Thanks for the heads up!!
The pleasure is all mine
We don't donate to ANY conservational causes because I trust NONE of them. Two doors down from our office is the "Nature Conservancy." They have hoodwinked one of our most conservative clients and it drives us NUTS. Actually, if there is anyone reading this who knows about such things, can you tell me if this is truly a possibility -- to me it sounds like a way to make a land grab!!
They have told him (and he owns a TON of land) that there is a grass spore that floats in the air. It doesn't grow anywhere and they are trying to catch it in the air. It's a prairie grass or something -- one they are supposedly trying to revive. (Don't you love how the folks who believe in evolution don't want to let anything go??) They wanted him to test his air for them to see if it existed in the air near his farm. He did it!! I personally would have told them to go fly. I am assuming they didn't find it - I never heard any more about it. Ugh!!!
Long read, but excellent.
The foundation of population control exposed! Outstanding!
Most people don't have a clue how dangerous it is to have a bunch of people thinking that we must save the 'fragile planet' from 'overpopulation'. Maybe if they think of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
Debunking population control:
"Notice that in 1968, when Ehrlich published the Population Bomb, world birth rates were already in decline. Ehrlich was thus urging people to do what they had already been doing for about 10 years in the third world, and about 100 years in the industrialized world. It's not clear whether he knew this or not. But certainly when he said, "The battle to feed all of humanity is over....At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate..." he was simply wrong..."
This is one outstanding piece, Tolik! YOU nailed it! I read it out loud yesterday to a friend, who was riveted.
Thank you again for all the great work you are doing on this forum. FRegards....
Excellent article. Ping for a second read later.
Wow, what a GREAT post.
Thank you for posting it.
This is a great read. Thanks for posting it.
I just finished "State of Fear". What a great book! It absoutely show the environmental industry for what it is...an industry. Everyone should read it.
Finished it, loved it, gave it to the wife, she loved it. Now I gotta find a lib to give it to to see their head explode :)
As with all of Crichton's books it read like a screen play. But I bet it is one of the few that will never make it to the big screen without significant plot changes, like Rising Sun.
I am reading this book now, and already can recommend it as a "must read".
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