Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The ecology of doom

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise discusses Eric Pianka's prediction of humanity's demise. He seems to think it will be a disease such as Ebola. Perhaps. I tend to think it will be a combination of events with climate change and peak energy at the center. Time will tell I suppose.
AUSTIN — A University of Texas professor says the Earth would be better off with 90 percent of the human population dead.

“Every one of you who gets to survive has to bury nine,” Eric Pianka cautioned students and guests at St. Edward’s University on Friday. Pianka’s words are part of what he calls his “doomsday talk” — a 45-minute presentation outlining humanity’s ecological misdeeds and Pianka’s predictions about how nature, or perhaps humans themselves, will exterminate all but a fraction of civilization.
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“This is gonna happen in your lifetime,” he told his St. Edward’s audience. “Do you wanna go there? We’ve already gone there. We waited too long.”
A very dark and gloomy future... at least for humanity.

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2 comments:

  1. As long as we're discussing doomsday options, lets also not forget, of course, the very real and dreadfully serious threat of nuclear war.

    If I were a betting man...and if we were betting, I suppose...I'd go with peak oil. Nonetheless, all threats mentioned, as you continuously point out, are very real.

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  2. yeah... nuclear war... strange and kinda sad that i've not worried too much about it. sad because there is so much to worry about that i could push nuclear war off to the side. scary.

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