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  • Stick of Fear

    02/09/2014 8:45:38 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 9 replies
    SteynOnLine ^ | 2/9/14 | Mark Steyn
    Thank you also to all those who've made suggestions with respect to both the science and the law. The good advice I'm keeping close to my chest, the not-so-good ones we might publish here to throw Dr Mann's Big Tobacco lawyers off the scent. Speaking of the upcoming trial, Denyse O'Leary was a key part of the Internet pushback against Canada's squalid "human rights" commissions five years ago, and she has noted the banner above. Denyse has a post today about the Scopes Monkey Trial comparison, and writes: The choice of symbolism is interesting. The only thing one can be...
  • The End of the Obama Mystique

    01/21/2010 4:26:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,018+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's been a  few years since the release of the film The Thirteenth Warrior. It was a rarity: an intelligent actioner. Directed by Michael Crichton and based on his novel Eaters of the Dead, it was a retelling and rationalization of the ancient Beowulf legend. In Crichton's version, the monsters of legend comprise a tribe of human cannibals preying on Viking settlements. The story is told through the eyes of an educated Arab visitor who has traveled to the far north out of curiosity and wanderlust. He witnesses an attack by the cannibals in which the Vikings panic and run...
  • Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs

    08/25/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 69 replies · 2,051+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/25/08 | Staff
    After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur. Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal's McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds. Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo's development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy, he told AFP in an interview. Though still in its infancy, the research could eventually lead to hatching live prehistoric animals, but Larsson said there are no...
  • Heroic Hollywood: The Moral of the Story

    04/08/2009 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Harpo Speaks · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 4/7/2009 | Russ Dvonch
    If you’re a writer struggling to put together a screenplay, but it’s a big mess and you don’t know where to begin, this is the post for you. I’m going to explain the easiest way I know how to bring structure to your screenplay and solve the problems you’re having. In my last post, I suggested that “doing the right thing is worth the struggle” is a common inspirational message found in many of the most stirring Hollywood movies. However, each individual film has it’s own particular moral theme that it wants to get across to the audience. And it’s...
  • Michael Crichton’s Remainder Bin

    11/10/2008 6:52:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 620+ views
    FrontPage mag ^ | November 10, 2008
    November 10, 2008 Michael Crichton, who died at 66 on November 4, election day, may not have been an outstanding stylist but he sure sold a few books in his time, mostly in the techno-thriller genre, such as Jurassic Park. He was a writer of ideas and also a medical doctor (Harvard Medical School), television producer, and film director. Crichton’s enormous success did not prevent him from speaking out on politicized science, a raging issue of our time and too often overlooked. He took up the theme in State of Fear (2004), a footnoted novel about environmental intrigue on a...
  • Chronicler of the NEXT... Mark Steyn on Michael Crichton

    11/07/2008 6:32:35 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies · 2,953+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 7 Nov 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Michael Crichton, 1942-2008 Michael Crichton was a man of formidable intelligence and boundless curiosity. The two don't go together quite as often as they should. For years, when I picked up his latest novel, I'd find myself sighing, "Of course." The books had the inevitability of all the truly great ideas - as if they had not been cooked up in his study but had always been lying there, like truffles out in the woods, and he'd just been the first hound to get to them and snuffle them out. But, of course, he got to them again and again,...
  • Interview With Michael Crichton

    11/06/2008 9:05:40 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 13 replies · 1,186+ views
    Just as you were slammed as a Japan-basher, you've been called a denialist (and worse) for your climate-change views. Do you think that stands as another example of how the media stifle debate? The truth is, we live in an age of astonishing conformity. I grew up in the 1950s, supposedly the heyday of conformity, but there was much more freedom of opinion back then. And as a result, you knew that your neighbors might hold different views from you on politics or religion. Today, the notion that men of good will can disagree has disappeared. Can you imagine! Today,...
  • Author Michael Crichton, Dead at 66

    11/05/2008 12:00:19 PM PST · by Oyarsa · 9 replies · 961+ views
    The Observer ^ | 11/05/08 | Matt Haber
    CBS News is reporting that author Michael Crichton has died at age 66. According to the report, Mr. Crichton, whose books include The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Prey, and others, fought "a courageous and private battle against cancer, according to a statement released by his family." (Gawker brought this story to our attention.)
  • Michael Crichton Dies: Predicted Demise of MSM in 1993

    11/05/2008 11:33:31 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies · 2,743+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 5, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Michael Crichton passed away yesterday. Many of you might remember Crichton as the author of superb science fiction novels such as "Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park." Fewer people will know Crichton as a prominent global warming skeptic. And very few of you out there might know that Crichton was also a prophet who predicted the demise of the mainstream media way back in 1993. This seems like a good time to honor the memory of Michael Crichton by taking a retrospective look at his 1993 Wired magazine article titled "Mediasaurus" about the impending demise of the mainstream media (emphasis mine):
  • Best-Selling Author Michael Crichton Dies

    11/05/2008 10:05:26 AM PST · by Perdogg · 53 replies · 5,252+ views
    Cbs News ^ | 11.05.08
    Best-selling author and filmaker Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, after a courageous and private battle against cancer, according to a statement released by his family. He was 66. Crichton is best known as the author of "Jurassic Park" and the creator of "ER." His most recent novel, "Next," about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.
  • Why Politicized Science is Dangerous - Michael Crichton

    10/15/2007 1:15:45 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 65 replies · 375+ views
    MichaelCrichton.com ^ | Michael Crichton
    Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out. This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in college and high school classrooms. -excerpted- Click HERE for the rest of the essay.
  • The Cult Of Global Warming (Don Feder On The Left's Newest Psedo-Religion Alert)

    07/31/2007 12:45:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 857+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 07/31/2007 | Don Feder
    Global warming has become the apocalyptic cult of the new millennium. None of the other jeremiahs, throughout the ages, can hold an end-of-the-world candle to ozone-layer mystics prophesying climate Armageddon. I just came across the ultimate Al Gore coffee table book, "The World Tomorrow: Scenarios of Global Catastrophe" by Yannick Monget. On the jacket, the author is described as "the founder and chief representative of the Ankaa Group, an organization dedicated to conceiving and developing ambitious projects for the environmental protection of Europe." If that weren't enough of a contribution to mankind, we are told Monget "has written several volumes...
  • "Aliens Cause Global Warming"

    03/31/2007 8:28:21 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 61 replies · 2,177+ views
    My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming. Charting this progression of belief will be my task today. Let me say at once that I have no desire to discourage anyone from believing in either extraterrestrials or global warming. That would be quite impossible to do. Rather, I want to discuss the history of several widely-publicized beliefs and to...
  • Michael Crichton Debates Global Warming Wednesday 03/14/2007

    03/15/2007 9:35:38 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 88 replies · 4,195+ views
    Intelligence Squared.org ^ | March 14, 2007 | Event Staff
    NOTE: I don't know if this is on Youtube yet, or not] Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Global warming is not a crisis Speaking for the motion: Michael Crichton, Richard S. Lindzen, Philip Stott Speaking against the motion: Brenda Ekwurzel, Gavin Schmidt, Richard C.J. Somerville Moderator: Brian Lehrer SOLD OUT MODERATOR: Brian Lehrer is host of the highly-acclaimed “Brian Lehrer Show” heard weekday mornings on WNYC® New York Public Radio®, 820 AM, 93.9 FM and wnyc.org. He is also an award-winning author and documentary producer. Lehrer holds masters degrees in journalism and public health/environmental sciences. SPEAKERS FOR THE MOTION: Michael Crichton...
  • Climate McCarthyism and Eco-Inquisitions (Al Gore & Co.)

    03/12/2007 5:13:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 639+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 13, 2006 | Paul Driessen
    Two centuries years ago, Voltaire proclaimed, “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Today, our free speech traditions are under assault. Colleges prohibit “offensive” or “politically incorrect” speech. Radical Islamists threaten to kill scholars, artists and even popes who “disrespect” the Prophet. And when we desperately need unfettered scientific debate, intolerant eco-activists have ushered in an era of climate McCarthyism and eco-Inquisitions. Al Gore seeks to muzzle anyone who raises inconvenient truths about climate alarmism. Greenpeace wants “climate criminals” pilloried and silenced. Grist magazine wants “Nuremberg-style war crimes trials” for...
  • Testimony of Michael Crichton before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 9/28/05

    10/04/2005 7:17:16 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 89 replies · 3,070+ views
    Michael Crichton ^ | 9/28/05 | Michael Crichton
    Thank you Mr. Chairman, and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the important subject of politicization of research. In that regard, what I would like to emphasize to the committee today is the importance of independent verification to science. In essence, science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid-and merits universal acceptance-only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It's...
  • Bush's Chat With Novelist Alarms Environmentalists [Michael Crichton]

    02/18/2006 9:03:04 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 119 replies · 3,844+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2006 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    One of the perquisites of being president is the ability to have the author of a book you enjoyed pop into the White House for a chat. Over the years, a number of writers have visited President Bush, including Natan Sharansky, Bernard Lewis and John Lewis Gaddis. And while the meetings are usually private, they rarely ruffle feathers. Now, one has. In his new book about Mr. Bush, "Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush," Fred Barnes recalls a visit to the White House last year by Michael Crichton, whose 2004 best-selling novel, "State...
  • David Suzuki vs. Michael Crichton (finally! Global warming charlatan gets msm whacked!)

    02/21/2007 7:12:25 AM PST · by GMMAC · 213 replies · 5,725+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Barbara Kay
    David Suzuki vs. Michael Crichton Barbara Kay, National Post Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Last Thursday, environmentalist guru David Suzuki stormed out of a Toronto AM640 radio interview with host John Oakley because Oakley dared to suggest that global warming might not be the "totally settled issue" Suzuki insisted it was. Oakley only reported a fact: Many accredited scientists -- some full professors from top universities, including Nobel prize winners and a former president of the National Academy of Sciences -- would argue that "global warning is at best unproven and at worst pure fantasy," according to novelist and...
  • VIDEO: Michael Crichton On Charlie Rose Discusses Global Warming

    02/20/2007 4:50:43 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 43 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Charle Rose Show ^ | February 19m 2007
    This is really fascinating. Check out the VIDEO of Charlie Rose interviewing Michael Crichton on the subject of Global Warming. The Global Warming discussion starts at exactly 22 minutes into the video.
  • Patenting Life

    02/13/2007 4:59:54 PM PST · by flixxx · 45 replies · 703+ views
    ny times ^ | 2 13 07 | MICHAEL CRICHTON
    February 13, 2007 Op-Ed Contributor Patenting Life By MICHAEL CRICHTON YOU, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the first place. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it’s only too real. Gene patents are now used to halt research, prevent medical testing and keep vital information from you and your doctor. Gene patents slow the pace of medical advance on deadly diseases. And they raise costs exorbitantly: a test for breast cancer that could be done for $1,000 now costs $3,000. Why? Because the holder of the gene patent can charge whatever...
  • Environmentalism as Religion

    01/31/2007 2:50:01 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 18 replies · 708+ views
    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. We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we're told exist are in fact...
  • State of Fear

    11/14/2006 12:35:41 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 17 replies · 814+ views
    In 2004, Jurassic Park and Congo author Michael Crichton released State of Fear, a techno-thriller centered around an extremist enviro group who is trying to create global disasters in order to gain support for their failing cause. I finally had a chance to read this book, and while it’s fiction, it’s also deeply rooted in reality. The actions and motivations of the radical enviros and their non-profit fronts in the book sound much like the real thing. But what really sets this novel apart is that the author uses real science to document the problems of radical envrionmentalism, to the...
  • The End of the World Is Near Bill Clinton Says So

    02/04/2006 2:47:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,987+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | February 3, 2006 | CFIF
    In our urgency to deal with really urgent stuff over the past few weeks, we have been piling up news articles regarding what some regard as a universal urgency. That would be global warming or Global Warming or GLOBAL WARMING, depending on one's perspective, provided that one has a perspective. Bill Clinton, speaking last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that mother of all junkets for rich folks who take themselves very seriously, said that GLOBAL WARMING bothered him a bunch. "It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of...
  • Michael Crichton: Fear and Complexity [State of Fear + Why Politicized Science is Dangerous]

    01/04/2006 7:49:59 AM PST · by Tolik · 86 replies · 6,544+ views
    Michael Crichton ^ | November 15, 2005 | Michael Crichton
    Fear and Complexity The Independent Institute San Francisco, CA November 15, 2005 by Michael Crichton  Is this really the end of the world?  Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods? No, we simply live on an active planet.  Earthquakes are continuous, a million and a half of them every year, or three every minute. A Richter 5 quake every six hours, a major quake every 3 weeks. A quake as destructive as the one in Pakistan every 8 months.  It’s nothing new, it’s right on schedule. At any moment there are 1,500 electrical storms on the planet. A tornado touches down every six...
  • Request for Expanded Search Options on FR

    12/31/2005 6:48:14 PM PST · by streetpreacher · 35 replies · 585+ views
    Free Republic ^ | December 31, 2005 | Me
    It would be nice if FR allowed more search options. For instance: Author. I'm currently trying to find a Michael Chricton article about global warming that appeared as a thread a time back but none of the keyword or title searches have helped. I'm sure I could google both Chricton and global warming and probably find the link and then search for that title at FR, but wouldn't it be better to have that option within FR from the getgo. Just a thought; in reality, I don't know how much of a strain that would put on the search engine...
  • Book Review: A sizzler to debunk global warming ~~ Michael Crichton's ..novel..., "State of Fear,"

    04/10/2005 10:00:03 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 1,191+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, April 10, 2005 | Steven Greenhut
    One of the many striking statements in Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, "State of Fear," comes in a footnote on page 43: "Since 1940 ... data have [shown] ... predominantly a cooling trend. ... The Greenland ice sheet and coastal regions are not following the current global warming trend."Forget the words, interesting as they are in the context of supposed worldwide warming trends. Consider this obvious point: They come from a well-sourced footnote in a best-selling work of fiction.Obviously, "Fear" is not the normal novel. It is, in fact, a jeremiad against junk science, against the politicized theory of global warming...
  • Greenhouse Gas [Crichton is deceiving you! You're all doooooooomed for not believing. Oh, BARF!]

    04/06/2005 11:05:38 PM PDT · by Brian328i · 22 replies · 694+ views
    Technology Review ^ | May 2005 | Joseph Romm
    Michael Crichton has written that rarest of books, an ­intellectually dishonest novel. Crichton has made a fortune exploiting the public’s fears: Prey (fear of nanotechnology), Rising Sun (fear of Japanese technological supremacy), and Jurassic Park (fear of biotechnology). These books attack the hubris of those who use technology without wisdom. In Prey, he warns, “The total system we call the biosphere is so complicated that we cannot know in advance the consequences of anything that we do.” Given the author’s past, one might expect that a Crichton book on global warming would warn about the risk of catastrophic climate change—the...
  • Civilization and Its Malcontents - (review of State of Fear, by Michael Crichton)

    03/14/2005 2:19:35 PM PST · by freeholland · 6 replies · 525+ views
    CLAIRMONT INSTITUTE.ORG ^ | MARCH 14, 2005 | S.T. KARNICK
    Michael Crichton's latest novel may not be a great literary event, but it is a significant cultural event. In the past, his bestselling books have sparked public interest in genetic engineering, sexual harassment law, biotechnology, New Age religious thought, the search for extraterrestrial life, changing medical technology and bioethics, corporate ethics scandals, and other important trends. Now Crichton—a popular mainstream author—has chosen to ridicule left-wing political activism and challenge the intelligentsia's central ideas about civilization itself. State of Fear's protagonist, Peter Evans, is personal attorney to multibillionaire George Morton, a political liberal who bankrolls a dizzying array of left-wing causes...
  • Global warming: 21st century eugenics

    03/05/2005 6:56:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 741+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/5/05 | Henry Lamb
    The most important point in Michael Crichton's runaway best seller "State of Fear" is his comparison of the global warming theory to the theory of eugenics. The theory of eugenics contends that the human condition would be improved through government-mandated selective breeding. The theory of global warming contends that government-mandated reduction in the use of fossil fuel is required to prevent catastrophic climate change. Francis Galton coined the term "eugenics" in 1883 to describe the practice of studied, selective breeding to improve the human race. It was a reasonable idea at the time, supported by the growing practice of agricultural...
  • Michael Crichton to defend "State of Fear" on CSPAN-2 Saturday, February 12 and 13.

    02/10/2005 2:16:21 PM PST · by Dan Evans · 21 replies · 1,620+ views
    Book TV ^ | Feb 10, 2005
    Michael Crichton spoke about science policy during a talk hosted by the American Enterprise Institute -Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. Mr. Crichton said that the politics of science often influence the results of scientific studies because certain groups have particular interests in the outcome of a test. An example would be a company that manufactures aerosol cans, funding a test about the effects of aerosol on the ozone layer. Mr. Crichton argues that for a study to be particularly fair, two different groups with opposing interests (when applicable) should conduct the same study at the same time and then...
  • Crichton's "State of Fear" conclusions on global warming unjustified say scientists

    01/28/2005 7:29:42 AM PST · by presidio9 · 90 replies · 2,239+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | Thu, Jan. 27, 2005 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - A provocative new novel that says fears of global warming are unjustified and stoked by an environmentalist-media conspiracy is taking Washington by storm. “State of Fear,” a novel by Michael Crichton, the best-selling author of “Jurassic Park,” and the creator of the TV show “ER”, compares scientists who warn of global warming to advocates of eugenics who said that the mixing of races would ruin the world’s genetic stock. In an appendix explaining his position, Crichton writes: “Nobody knows how much of the present warming trend might be a natural phenomenon. Nobody knows how much of the present...
  • Science Fiction

    12/21/2004 8:30:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 631+ views
    NRO ^ | December 21, 2004 | Iain Murray
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version December 21, 2004, 8:39 a.m. Science FictionMichael Crichton takes a novel approach to global-warming alarmism. By Iain Murray Michael Crichton's new blockbuster novel, State of Fear, begins with sex, violence, and oceanography. It's that sort of book all the way through, mixing the usual adventure novel clichés of beautiful young heroes, indestructible secret agents, and a plot to kill millions alongside hard science, including graphs, footnotes, and words like "aminostratigraphy." As such, the book is half a rip-roaring roller coaster of a read (as Edmund Blackadder would...
  • New Climate Thriller: Scary, but Is It Science?

    12/16/2004 7:22:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,597+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 14, 2004 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    On the surface, Michael Crichton's "State of Fear," can be seen simply as a thriller in which environmentalists happen to be the villains. Mixed with the story, however, are lengthy, annotated attacks on the scientific consensus that the globe is warming, human activity is a cause, and accumulating emissions of greenhouse gases may dangerously disrupt the climate system. While Mr. Crichton includes a note emphasizing that most of the book is a "product of the author's imagination," he adds that "references to real people, institutions and organizations that are documented in footnotes are accurate. Footnotes are real." Just one week...
  • Let's Stop Scaring Ourselves

    12/14/2004 7:13:54 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 42 replies · 1,831+ views
    PARADE Magazine ^ | 12/5/04 | Michael Crichton
    This year I turned 62, and I find I have acquired—along with aches and pains—a perspective on the world that I lacked as a younger person. I now recognize that for most of my life I have felt burdened by highly publicized fears that decades later did not turn out to be true. I was reminded of this when I came across this 1972 statement about climate: “We simply cannot afford to gamble…We cannot risk inaction. Those scientists who [disagree] are acting irresponsibly. The indications that our climate can soon change for the worse are too strong to be reasonably...
  • LIMBAUGH: The Crichton/Heston Takes on GLOBAL WARMING

    12/08/2004 10:37:10 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 38 replies · 2,229+ views
    Crichton, Heston: YOU CAN'T DESTROY EARTH December 7, 2004
  • Michael Crichton Takes on Global Warming in Latest Work

    12/11/2004 8:39:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus · 52 replies · 1,845+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 10, 2004 | John Stosel
    So often what you think you know may not be so. And it's a reason I love the book just out from America's top-selling thriller writer, Michael Crichton. He's the man who created the popular TV medical drama "ER," wrote "Jurassic Park," which ranks among the top 10 grossing films of all time, and much more. Crichton's books and movies have grossed more than $4 billion. Now, he's tackling global warming in his latest techno-thriller, "State of Fear."
  • Great Michael Crichton Speech on Environmental Wacko-ism

    12/11/2004 11:58:45 AM PST · by scottybk · 57 replies · 2,032+ views
    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. We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we're told exist are in fact...
  • A Chilling Tale

    In "State of Fear" (HarperCollins, 603 pages, $27.95), Michael Crichton delivers a lightning-paced technopolitical thriller that turns on a controversial notion: All that talk we've been hearing about global warming -- you know, polar ice caps melting, weather systems sent into calamitous confusion, beach weather lingering well into January -- might be at best misguided, at worst dead wrong. Think "The Da Vinci Code" with real facts, violent storms and a different kind of faith altogether. The book opens with the murder of an American graduate student studying ocean-wave dynamics. ("State of Fear" is the sort of thriller that makes...
  • Michael Crichton -- Planet Earth's novelist of doom

    12/09/2004 10:03:31 AM PST · by bagadonutz · 64 replies · 2,613+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 8, 2004 | Bryan Curtis
    Who dinosaured Michael Crichton? Was it a comet or just the responsibility of being America's prophet of doom? In his new book, State of Fear, Crichton once again ascends to the pulpit to warn us of an impending horror. Like the diabolical Japanese businessmen in Rising Sun and the corporate vixen in Disclosure, these new shadowy forces, Crichton says, lurk among us, poised to wreak havoc. They're among America's fiercest enemies. They're … environmentalists. State of Fear is a 600-page tirade about global warming. Crichton thinks environmentalists have become overheated about the threat and have substituted demagoguery for hard science....
  • Michael Crichton's "State Of Fear" (Expose Of PC Environmental Movement Alert) Vanity

    12/08/2004 12:26:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 623+ views
    12/08/04 | goldstategop
    Michael Crichton's new novel "State Of Fear." (2005)
  • Science and Pseudoscience (Michael Crichton and global warming)

    01/20/2004 9:56:59 PM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 343+ views
    Out of the crooked timber (weblog) ^ | January 20, 2004 | Henry Farrell
    January 20, 2004 Science and pseudoscience Posted by Henry Michael Crichton has made millions by writing mass market thrillers that either regurgitate partially understood scientific factoids, or pander to the nasty little revenge fantasies of male white middle-managers. He’s not averse to spicing his novels up with a hefty pinch of racism (the ‘Fu Manchu’ in a three-piece suit Japan bashing in Rising Sun) or sexism (in the rather revolting Disclosure). All in all, it’s rather surprising that Caltech should have asked him to deliver a prestigious lecture. The content and tone of that lecture, however, aren’t surprising at all....
  • Remarks to the Commonwealth Club Michael Crichton (Theme: Environmentalism is really Urban Atheism)

    12/06/2003 8:16:02 AM PST · by FreedomPoster · 189 replies · 4,787+ views
    Michael Crichton ^ | September 15, 2003 | Michael Crichton
    <p>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.</p>