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Apr052006

Yanks Going Ape Over "Lizard Man" Pianka


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 last month. 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."......"So what's at the heart of Pianka's claim?

6.5 billion humans is too many.

In his estimation, "We've grown fat, apathetic and miserable," all the while leaving the planet parched.

The solution?

A 90 percent reduction.

That's 5.8 billion lives - lives he says are turning the planet into "fat, human biomass." He points to an 85 percent swell in the population during the last 25 years and insists civilization is on the brink of its downfall - likely at the hand of widespread disease.

"[Disease] will control the scourge of humanity," Pianka said. "We're looking forward to a huge collapse."

Full story here - sequingazette Radio talkback shows and the blogosphere are running hot with this story and indignant Yanks across that great nation are calling for Dr Pianka to "Go first". Personally I'm all for it. 90% of people are waste-of-space arseholes anyway, doncha think? Especially those gas-guzzling war-mongers in the good ol' U S of A. ;-)

Dr Pianka has released a further statement - ""I have two grandchildren and I want them to inherit a stable Earth. But I fear for them. Humans have overpopulated the Earth and in the process have created an ideal nutritional substrate on which bacteria and viruses (microbes) will grow and prosper. We are behaving like bacteria growing on an agar plate, flourishing until natural limits are reached or until another microbe colonizes and takes over, using them as their resource. In addition to our extremely high population density, we are social and mobile, exactly the conditions that favor growth and spread of pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes. I believe it is only a matter of time until microbes once again assert control over our population, since we are unwilling to control it ourselves. This idea has been espoused by ecologists for at least four decades and is nothing new. People just don't want to hear it... I do not bear any ill will toward humanity. However, I am convinced that the world WOULD clearly be much better off without so many of us... We need to make a transition to a sustainable world. If we don't, nature is going to do it for us in ways of her own choosing. By definition, these ways will not be ours and they won't be much fun. Think about that."

More here at Wikipedia and here is his Homepage which makes interesting reading

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Reader Comments (2)

not a bad Pianka post.. I might just use some of it.. but not today.. I am going home to drink a little absinth and watch a couple of sci fi flicks.

(yup I import the stuff.. but don;t tell anyone.. it's illegal.. hehehe)
April 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex
He's probably right but maybe we should start with 50%. Billy Conolly once suggested that we could solve a lot of the worlds problems such as obesity, hunger and crime if we just ate all the fat people, starting with the crims. Pretty logical really.
April 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAL Fresco

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