CIVILISATION OVER

A list of sciency predictions includes:

Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.

That’s from Harvard biologist George Wald; click to discover when he said it.

(Via Powerline and Currency Lad, who currently observes: “The Left treats Obama like a boy”)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/27/2008 at 11:52 AM
    1. Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.

      The Malthusian Chicken Littles know if they keep saying that every year, eventually they’ll be right.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 27 at 12:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Personally, I think civilization ended when “Hollywood Squares” stopped using ad lib comedy by class acts, and began giving scripts to “B” grade entertainers.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 27 at 12:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. And for those not familiar with “Hollywood Squares”, here’s a sample of what civilization once was.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 27 at 12:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. How did I know that would be Paul Lynde before I even clicked the link?

      =^D

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 27 at 01:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. I love this link where they quote the that eminent climatologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich (featured prominently in the link about dire predictions) to let us know that this time, this time, we’re really all doomed.
      “Whereas in the past human impacts were local, reversible, and escapable through migration, they are now typically, global, irreversible, and inescapable.” – Paul EhrlichHmmm, does that mean he’s admitting he was full of crap in the 70s, 80s and 90s?
      Sorry, I just like to make myself laugh.

      Posted by Veeshir on 2008 04 27 at 01:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. No, Ehrlich would never admit to any mistakes, just that he was off a bit on his time scale.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 27 at 01:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Veeshir, to appropriate an old Woody Allen line, well, in that case, why should I do my homework?

      Posted by Celaeno on 2008 04 27 at 01:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Spiny Norman—Coulda been Charley Weaver.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 27 at 01:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Somebody alert Sid Meier.

      Posted by Alan K. Henderson on 2008 04 27 at 02:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. At the Washington Policy Center link was this quote:

      “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.

      Well, it was in that august journal of scientific thought, Mademoiselle, so it was, obviously, worthly of serious consideration.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2008 04 27 at 03:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, if we keep burning food in our cars to show how eco-conscious we are, the famine thing still has a shot.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 27 at 04:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. How did I know that would be Paul Lynde before I even clicked the link?

      Because you’re civilized, of course!

      :-p

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 27 at 04:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. If civilization can survive the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, it can certainly weather a few catastrophes.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 27 at 04:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. If he wants to be taken seriously, Paul Ehrlich should publish in a venue more suited to his credibility. Like this, for example.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2008 04 27 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. These people who made these dire predictions should be taken out and pelted with rotten tomatoes … and laughed at. If they are retired, they should be stripped of their stipends.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 27 at 07:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Promises that were never meant to be kept
      Predictions that never came to pass
      Explanations that were designed to confuse and mystify.Source unknown

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 04 27 at 09:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. I predict more doomsday predictions will be forthcoming and I also predict they will be as predictable as all previous predictions. And as accurate.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 27 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Me I think civilisation ended when they stopped delivering milk in bottles, unhomogenized – with cream on the top.
      But what these people have all failed to grasp, and which I am learning about everyday reading Cafe Hayek is that if you need more food, warmth or security, then you need more, not less, of those units that are most effective at working out how to get those things: people.

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 04 27 at 10:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. For a moment I thought he’d predicted the rise of Islamism.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2008 04 28 at 04:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. BTW: CL’s post on Obama that you’ve linked to is a bloody ripper!

      Posted by Hanyu on 2008 04 28 at 04:38 AM • permalink

 

  1. Okay, just because these people are wrong – always wrong – always definitively wrong – always definitively, catastrophically wrong, in the way that if we did what they want it’d kill millions of people – just because of that one tiny detail there’s no reason no to put them in charge of everything.

    Because, so what if they’re disastrously delusional, they’re well meaning and they care.  Which makes them morally superior to any of us, and thus obligated to run our lives for us.

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2008 04 28 at 03:00 PM • permalink