Re: The Cornucopian Fallacies

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Dec 09 2001 - 04:32:06 MST

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> I am not sure, but Ehrlich strikes me as a raging-ego, more so then
> Herman Kahn, ever did, or Julian Simon. There is room for sensible responses
> to population expansion, and resource depletion, that do not include
> hysteria, which I hold that Ehrlich had offered, in Population Bomb.

Erlich's follow-up sequel to _Population Bomb_, which he titled _Population
Explosion_ sold even better than the first book, because there were twice as
many people to buy it. That's not to say that he successfully inspired
hysteria... obviously most people have ignored his message (if they ever heard
of it). A sensible response to irrational overpopulation? The solution is left
as an exercise for the student.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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