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Meeting Doctor Doom(Saving the Earth with Ebola)
The Citizen Scientist (via the Drudge Report) ^

Posted on 04/02/2006 9:57:25 AM PDT by Kokojmudd

Forrest M. Mims III

Copyright 2006 by Forrest M. Mims III.

Recently citizen scientist Forrest Mims told me about a speech he heard at the Texas Academy of Science during which the speaker, a world-renowned ecologist, advocated for the extermination of 90 percent of the human species in a most horrible and painful manner. Apparently at the speaker's direction, the speech was not video taped by the Academy and so Forrest's may be the only record of what was said. Forrest's account of what he witnessed chilled my soul. Astonishingly, Forrest reports that many of the Academy members present gave the speaker a standing ovation. To date, the Academy has not moved to sanction the speaker or distance itself from the speaker's remarks.

If the professional community has lost its sense of moral outrage when one if their own openly calls for the slow and painful extermination of over 5 billion human beings, then it falls upon the amateur community to be the conscience of science.

Forrest, who is a member of the Texas Academy and chairs its Environmental Science Section, told me he would be unable to describe the speech in The Citizen Scientist because he has protested the speech to the Academy and he serves as Editor of The Citizen Scientist . Therefore, to preclude a possible conflict of interest, I have directed Forrest to describe what he observed and his reactions in this special feature, for which I have served as editor and which is being released a week ahead of our normal publication schedule. Comments may be sent to Backscatter . Shawn Carlson, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Society for Amateur Scientists.

There is always something special about science meetings. The 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont on 3-5 March 2006 was especially exciting for me, because a student and his professor presented the results of a DNA study I suggested to them last year. How fulfilling to see the baldcypress ( Taxodium distichum ) leaves we collected last summer and my tree ring photographs transformed into a first class scientific presentation that's nearly ready to submit to a scientific journal (Brian Iken and Dr. Deanna McCullough, "Bald Cypress of the Texas Hill Country: Taxonomically Unique?" 109th Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science Program and Abstracts [ PDF ], Poster P59, p. 84, 2006).

But there was a gravely disturbing side to that otherwise scientifically significant meeting, for I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth's population by airborne Ebola. The speech was given by Dr. Eric R. Pianka (Fig. 1), the University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert who the Academy named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

Something curious occurred a minute before Pianka began speaking. An official of the Academy approached a video camera operator at the front of the auditorium and engaged him in animated conversation. The camera operator did not look pleased as he pointed the lens of the big camera to the ceiling and slowly walked away.

This curious incident came to mind a few minutes later when Professor Pianka began his speech by explaining that the general public is not yet ready to hear what he was about to tell us. Because of many years of experience as a writer and editor, Pianka's strange introduction and the TV camera incident raised a red flag in my mind. Suddenly I forgot that I was a member of the Texas Academy of Science and chairman of its Environmental Science Section. Instead, I grabbed a notepad so I could take on the role of science reporter.

One of Pianka's earliest points was a condemnation of anthropocentrism, or the idea that humankind occupies a privileged position in the Universe. He told a story about how a neighbor asked him what good the lizards are that he studies. He answered, “What good are you?”

Pianka hammered his point home by exclaiming, “We're no better than bacteria!”

Pianka then began laying out his concerns about how human overpopulation is ruining the Earth. He presented a doomsday scenario in which he claimed that the sharp increase in human population since the beginning of the industrial age is devastating the planet. He warned that quick steps must be taken to restore the planet before it's too late.

Saving the Earth with Ebola

Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures . Then, and without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.

He then showed solutions for reducing the world's population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse . War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved.

Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets.

AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world's population is airborne Ebola ( Ebola Reston ), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs.

After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, “We've got airborne 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that.”

With his slide of human skulls towering on the screen behind him, Professor Pianka was deadly serious. The audience that had been applauding some of his statements now sat silent.

After a dramatic pause, Pianka returned to politics and environmentalism. But he revisited his call for mass death when he reflected on the oil situation.

“And the fossil fuels are running out,” he said, “so I think we may have to cut back to two billion, which would be about one-third as many people.” So the oil crisis alone may require eliminating two-third's of the world's population.

How soon must the mass dying begin if Earth is to be saved? Apparently fairly soon, for Pianka suggested he might be around when the killer disease goes to work. He was born in 1939, and his lengthy obituary appears on his web site .

When Pianka finished his remarks, the audience applauded. It wasn't merely a smattering of polite clapping that audiences diplomatically reserve for poor or boring speakers. It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause.

Questions for Dr. Doom

Then came the question and answer session, in which Professor Pianka stated that other diseases are also efficient killers.

The audience laughed when he said, “You know, the bird flu's good, too.” They laughed again when he proposed, with a discernable note of glee in his voice that, “We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth.”

After noting that the audience did not represent the general population, a questioner asked, "What kind of reception have you received as you have presented these ideas to other audiences that are not representative of us?"

Pianka replied, "I speak to the converted!"

Pianka responded to more questions by condemning politicians in general and Al Gore by name, because they do not address the population problem and "...because they deceive the public in every way they can to stay in power."

He spoke glowingly of the police state in China that enforces their one-child policy. He said, "Smarter people have fewer kids." He said those who don't have a conscience about the Earth will inherit the Earth, "...because those who care make fewer babies and those that didn't care made more babies." He said we will evolve as uncaring people, and "I think IQs are falling for the same reason, too."

With this, the questioning was over. Immediately almost every scientist, professor and college student present stood to their feet and vigorously applauded the man who had enthusiastically endorsed the elimination of 90 percent of the human population. Some even cheered. Dozens then mobbed the professor at the lectern to extend greetings and ask questions. It was necessary to wait a while before I could get close enough to take some photographs (Fig. 1).

I was assigned to judge a paper in a grad student competition after the speech. On the way, three professors dismissed Pianka as a crank. While waiting to enter the competition room, a group of a dozen Lamar University students expressed outrage over the Pianka speech.

Yet five hours later, the distinguished leaders of the Texas Academy of Science presented Pianka with a plaque in recognition of his being named 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist. When the banquet hall filled with more than 400 people responded with enthusiastic applause, I walked out in protest.

Corresponding with Dr. Doom

Recently I exchanged a number of e-mails with Pianka. I pointed out to him that one might infer his death wish was really aimed at Africans, for Ebola is found only in Central Africa. He replied that Ebola does not discriminate, kills everyone and could spread to Europe and the the Americas by a single infected airplane passenger.

In his last e-mail, Pianka wrote that I completely fail to understand his arguments. So I did a check and found verification of my interpretation of his remarks on his own web site. In a student evaluation of a 2004 course he taught, one of Professor Pianka's students wrote, "Though I agree that convervation [sic] biology is of utmost importance to the world, I do not think that preaching that 90% of the human population should die of ebola [sic] is the most effective means of encouraging conservation awareness." (Go here and scroll down to just before the Fall 2005 evaluation section near the end.)

Yet the majority of his student reviews were favorable, with one even saying, “ I worship Dr. Pianka .”

The 45-minute lecture before the Texas Academy of Science converted a university biology senior into a Pianka disciple, who then published a blog that seriously supports Pianka's mass death wish.

Dangerous Times

Let me now remove my reporter's hat for a moment and tell you what I think. We live in dangerous times. The national security of many countries is at risk. Science has become tainted by highly publicized cases of misconduct and fraud.

Must now we worry that a Pianka-worshipping former student might someday become a professional biologist or physician with access to the most deadly strains of viruses and bacteria? I believe that airborne Ebola is unlikely to threaten the world outside of Central Africa. But scientists have regenerated the 1918 Spanish flu virus that killed 50 million people. There is concern that small pox might someday return. And what other terrible plagues are waiting out there in the natural world to cross the species barrier and to which scientists will one day have access?

Meanwhile, I still can't get out of my mind the pleasant spring day in Texas when a few hundred scientists of the Texas Academy of Science gave a standing ovation for a speaker who they heard advocate for the slow and tortuous death of over five billion human beings.

Forrest M. Mims III is Chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science, and the editor of The Citizen Scientist. He and his science are featured online at and . The views expressed herein are his own and do not represent the official views of the Texas Academy of Science or the Society for Amateur Scientists.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: agenda21; anthropocentrism; citizenscientist; consensusscience; crevolist; drpianka; ebola; educatedfool; environazis; environmentalists; ericpianka; euthanasia; exterminatehumans; forrestmims; killeveryonenow; moonbat; nihilist; nihlist; omnicide; pianka; savethelizards; science; sicko; texasacademy; texasacademyscience
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To: Kokojmudd

Everybody get out the way! We're blocking the holy environmentalists
enjoyment of their planet!

21 posted on 04/02/2006 11:02:52 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Dumb_Ox

Theodore Kaczinsky with microbes.

Mrs VS

23 posted on 04/02/2006 11:12:36 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: TexPride

Please do not post personal information.

24 posted on 04/02/2006 11:14:38 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Kokojmudd

There's a lot of info on Eric Pianka at these two pages:

He is not dead yet and it's his page, giving his email address. I see nothing, however, to indicate that he endorses the deliberate killing of humans by ebola or anything else. One of the pages does mention ebola and its killing efficiency.

25 posted on 04/02/2006 11:22:42 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Kokojmudd
This from a blog discussing the speech at the meeting

Dr. Pianka's talk at the TAS meeting was mostly of the problems humans are causing as we rapidly proliferate around the globe. While what he had to say is way too vast to remember it all, moreover to relay it here in this blog, the bulk of his talk was that he's waiting for the virus that will eventually arise and kill off 90% of human population. In fact, his hope, if you can call it that, is that the ebola virus which attacks humans currently (but only through blood transmission) will mutate with the ebola virus that attacks monkeys airborne to create an airborne ebola virus that attacks humans. He's a radical thinker, that one! I mean, he's basically advocating for the death of all but 10% of the current population!

Worse, the blogger then states

And at the risk of sounding just as radical, I think he's right.

Humans are far too populous. We've used up our resources, and we're destroying the Earth at an accelerated pace. The more technology we create, the more damage we're capable of doing

The blogger, and many of this guys students are now full converts!
26 posted on 04/02/2006 11:22:54 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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Sorry Admin,

Eric R Pianka's phone number is listed at
Feel free to look it up and give him call. Tell this clown what society thinks of him.

27 posted on 04/02/2006 11:25:03 AM PDT by TexPride
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To: RegulatorCountry
I knew there were people like Peter Singer in the world, but I did not know that
such views had any sort of widespread currency among so-called "scientists."

I grit my teeth every time I hear (otherwise brilliant) radio host Dennis
Prager say that at least PC insanity hasn't invaded the hard sciences of

It's already got a foothold and is getting stronger, mostly in the
biological/enviro-type science departments.
28 posted on 04/02/2006 11:34:15 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Kozak

That could've been a much better movie.

29 posted on 04/02/2006 11:39:46 AM PDT by edsheppa
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To: Graymatter

In this class, we examine questions such as the following:
Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life?

Your HTML tag points to a diatribe against human civilization
masked into a course in Evolution

In this class he is not only teaching science as he sees it
He is advocating a viewpoint on our very existence
and its detrimental effect on the ecosphere
30 posted on 04/02/2006 11:46:34 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Kokojmudd

Mims points out that overpopulation is devastating the planet. This is quite definitely true in many Third World nations. What he fails to mention is that the economic development brought by capitalism is the only known cure for the plight of overpopulation. To look for countries that truly devastate the environment of the earth, one need look no further than the many underdeveloped dictatorships and Communist regimes of the present world.

31 posted on 04/02/2006 11:47:56 AM PDT by Quark2005 (Confidence follows from consilience.)
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To: PatrickHenry; Junior

Don't know how you all will feel about this one - could spark some interesting conversation (your discretion). Might be good to show we're not afraid to expose a nut on the opposite side of the fence.

32 posted on 04/02/2006 11:54:32 AM PDT by Quark2005 (Confidence follows from consilience.)
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To: Kokojmudd

If Hitler had been a university professor, he could have made this speech about the Jews. And he would, no doubt, have had the standing ovation from his peers, just as this scientific fascist did. Just think what the world will be like when his students take over academia and government. I hope they start by eliminating Pianka first, because he is the most "useless eater" of all. It certainly galls this Texas taxpayer to know that we are paying his salary and that of the other loud Marxist, Jensen, at UT-Austin.

33 posted on 04/02/2006 11:58:58 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Kokojmudd
Attention Homeland Security: Get these people under surveillance - NOW!

It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause.

34 posted on 04/02/2006 11:59:09 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Kokojmudd
Has the serpent taken form?

Let's hope that this filovirus has helped:

Ebola Reston

35 posted on 04/02/2006 12:21:03 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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To: kittymyrib

Iteresting that you bring that up. Has evil chosen it's "final solution"? Look at the parallel:

Pictures of Ebola victims and the "final solution".

36 posted on 04/02/2006 12:26:42 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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To: Graymatter
A little insight to his heart?

He named one of his animals "Lucifer"?

37 posted on 04/02/2006 12:30:50 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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To: Graymatter
What is it about cows and devil worship?

Isn't it so unoriginal?
38 posted on 04/02/2006 12:34:48 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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To: SaltyJoe

I noticed the "Lucifer" and the "heaven/hell" in his email addy. Don't know enough Satanists to be sure, but I wouldn't bet he ain't!

39 posted on 04/02/2006 12:57:35 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Kokojmudd

Ebola is not a good candidate either, it kills too quickly, immobilizing the victim in its wake.

Viruses that kill too quickly evolve to work more slowly in order to spread itself more.

It is not in a germ's best interest to kill its host.

40 posted on 04/02/2006 1:07:09 PM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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