Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pianka Transcript

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, which I gather is a newspaper in Texas, has posted this transcript of a talk given by Dr. Pianka at St. Edwards University in Texas. It is not the talk given to the Texas Academy of Sciences, which is the one that is drawing all the attention. But it covers the same material and one suspects it is essentially the same talk.

The whole thing is a bit long, but it is worth reading in its entirety. I say that both because most of what he says is pretty interesting, and also because it confirms in every particular what I said yesterday. Folks, have no illusions about what is going on here. The reaction to Dr. Pianka's talk is standard issue phony outrage. It's what the right-wing fanatics and the ignorance peddlers always do. They make their living being in a perpetual state of righteous rage. The substance of what Pianka said holds no interest for them. Nearly all of the talk presented here is given over to a listing of basic facts about the ecological damage humanity has been causing over the past few decades. You have to look pretty hard to find anything that is remotely contrvoersial.

But facts and calm argumentation mean nothing to the zombies who are coming after Dr. Pianka. They see only another opportunity to promote their favorite sterotype; that academe is a hotbed of godless monsters set on indoctrinating your kids with a lot of hateful nonsense. They operate unencumbered by any sense of decency, integrity or conscience.

Which is not to say I agree with everything Dr. Pianka is saying. There were several places where I would have liked to have asked him precisely which creature comfort he'd be willing to give up to mitigate all the environmental damage we are causing. But the basic facts are now completely obvious. Absolutely nothing Dr. Pianka is saying deserves the condemnation that it is getting. Anyone who continues to parrot the insanity about Pianka calling for the extermination of most of the planet does so in complete disregard for the truth.

14 Comments:

At 6:18 PM, Blogger DMcKeon said...

Jason,

You find no irony in starting your entry with the statement "It's what the right-wing fanatics and the ignorance peddlers always do" and then decry it when they do the same to you (i.e. they see only another opportunity to promote their favorite stereotype; that academe is a hotbed of godless monsters set on indoctrinating your kids with a lot of hateful nonsense)?

If its your own stereotype and diatribe its ok? But God help those who employ such rhetoric against you! Now that's fair and balanced reporting :-) Lighten up.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Dennis-

I'm afraid I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about. When who does what to me?

As for lightening up, a scientist who gave a perfectly sensible talk about overpopulation has now been questioned by the FBI for his opinions, and has had the governor of his state compare him to Hitler. That doesn't put me in a light mood.

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Kevin from NYC said...

Jason,

remember ... it's DENNIS!

"God help those who employ such rhetoric against you"

There is no help for liars and con-men.

Dennis did your god help the human hand to write the ink on the parchment or did HE do so HIMSELF?

Were your testaments written by man or your diety? simple GOD or man will suffice. (or G or M if you can distill your knowledge into a few letters.)

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Steven Carr said...

Pianka appears to be saying no more than church leaders are saying.

The Archbishop of Canterbury says that unless there is change, billions of people will die.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-210710…

‘“And yet, unless there is a real change in attitude, we have to contemplate these very unwelcome possibilities if we want the global economy not to collapse and millions, billions, of people not to die.”

Perhaps we should call him ‘Archbishop Doom’?

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger petewsh61 said...

THe link is currently dead. Did you get a copy of the transcript or have another link?

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Sundeep said...

The link you posted for the transcript has expired.

 
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Jason,

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