December 15, 2004


I had read this Michael Crichton speech on junk science before, pointed out by Kalroy, but I returned to it today, pointed out by Hud. It's amazing how much junk science we're inundated with every day. My favorite bit, per global warming:

Nobody believes a weather prediction twelve hours ahead. Now we're asked to believe a prediction that goes out 100 years into the future? And make financial investments based on that prediction? Has everybody lost their minds?

This is one of the best articles I've ever read.

Posted by Sarah at December 15, 2004 10:16 AM

That was a great speech. You should check out Has alot of feed for the fodder.

Posted by: Toni at December 15, 2004 02:48 PM

I just put up a post using that as a link. Junk science is accepted by far too many people.

Posted by: Mike at December 15, 2004 06:25 PM

This is one of the dumbest articles I've read in a long time. Predicting tomorrow's weather has little to do with predicting longterm climate change. Why don't you try looking up "weather" and "climate" in a dictionary, and note the difference before you endorse this drivel? But hey, a hack author of science fiction knows a lot more about the topic than people who actually, you know, study the subject as their life's work.

Posted by: Mr. Wiggles at December 15, 2004 07:11 PM

I'm basically an agnostic on global warming, and am concerned that science has become so politicized. It's practically reached the point where to have an informed opinion of global warming, one must personally study the equations of quantitative climatology and buy a supercomputer to run in your basement.

People make forecasts about things 100 years out all the time, though. For example: if you build a dam, you must calculate the maximum probable flooding which is likely to occur within the next century...

Posted by: David Foster at December 15, 2004 09:48 PM

Crichton might be one of the best minds in our country.

His latest book, State of Fear, is actually based on that junk science speech.

Good for Crichton for standing up against the political correctness that has poisoned science and environmentalism.

Posted by: Mark at December 17, 2004 02:48 AM

If by "political correctness" you mean "best available evidence." Crichton is a NOVELIST, fool. Do you get your information on the tax code from John Updike?

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