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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Michael Crichton - Environmentalism as Religion

A PHENOMENAL speech by Michael Crichton, on Environmentalism as Religion is a must read.

Remeber that his blockbuster book series "Jurassic Park" is actually a tract warning us against unbridled research into the favorite demon of the greens these days: "frankenfoods" or genetically manipulated foods. He is not some anti environmentalist, but he is a realist.

Best lines of the speech were "In short, the romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all......The truth is, almost nobody wants to experience real nature. What people want is to spend a week or two in a cabin in the woods, with screens on the windows. They want a simplified life for a while, without all their stuff. Or a nice river rafting trip for a few days, with somebody else doing the cooking. Nobody wants to go back to nature in any real way, and nobody does. It's all talk-and as the years go on, and the world population grows increasingly urban, it's uninformed talk. Farmers know what they're talking about. City people don't. It's all fantasy.."

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