puf_almighty (puf_almighty) wrote in futuretech,

Eric Pianka Wants To Eat Your Children With Ebola And French Fries

So there's been a lot of internet traffic circulating recently about a speech Dr. Eric Pianka gave on March 5th in Beaumont, Texas:
Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% of Human Population [prisonplanet.com]

I was there. You were not. Nor was anyone at Drudge Report, Prison Planet, Citizen Scientist or wherever else you might've heard the hearsay from.

The story is a lie. Forrest Mims, the writer, with a BA in Government and a fellowship at the Discovery Institute [discovery.org] (creationist think-tank), had a problem with the subject matter and so he wrote a completely dishonest mischaracterization of it. It got in the news, it got in the Drudge Report, and now it's propagated through the internet like it was human-virulent airborne Ebola (which doesn't exist).

Pianka gave a speech saying that we shouldn't keep heedlessly expanding our population- we need to control it before it's too late. Taking a cue from Jonathan Swift [wikipedia.org], he took the tone that "I'm rooting for airborne ebola". The speech was broadcast in part later that night on KFDM Channel Six, the local CBS affiliate, and Pianka was given the Distinguished Scientist Award for 2006, from the respected Texas Academy of Sciences.
Texas is a big place, folks, with lots of universities and a thing called NASA. Science is indeed an export.

Mims wrote that he wants to use Ebola to kill everyone, the cameras were sent away, and the leering elitists cheered like some freakish occult death-cult.

It was a speech about what we need to do in order to avoid mass plague death (which is already happening): we need to quit increasing the population. And the main point of the speech was, what we need to do if we want there to still be an environment to study in 100 years- we need to stop destroying it.

If you're interested in discussion on the topic or further details, I've got a writeup of everything I saw, know, and have learned from being here in the continuing aftermath of it over here [livejournal.com].
If you're not interested in future details, let it be sufficient to know- this is one creationist's vendetta against the concept that humans, too, are subject to extinction, and the entire internet's failure to apply critical thinking to even the most ludicrous of stories.


Edit- HTML fixed. How do I leave the quote out of a hyperlink, I don't know.
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