5 April, 2006

The Human Haters

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Pianka.jpg [A reader writes…

“Defend your people’s living space and you’re a devil. But if you are on the Politically Correct side, you can be as bloodthirsty as you like. Here Dr. Pianka talks about killing 90 percent of the world’s population by the gruesome Ebola virus, while the camera is turned off.”

This sentiment is fairly common on the left, particularly among self-styled environmentalists. They can’t be satisfied with simply measures such as preventing California from taking on another ten million Mexicans, but they have no problem preaching speciescide minus them in private when they think no one’s listening.]

Recently citizen scientist Forrest Mims told me about a speech he heard at the Texas Academy of Science during which the speaker, a world-renowned ecologist, advocated for the extermination of 90 percent of the human species in a most horrible and painful manner. Apparently at the speaker’s direction, the speech was not video taped by the Academy and so Forrest’s may be the only record of what was said. Forrest’s account of what he witnessed chilled my soul. Astonishingly, Forrest reports that many of the Academy members present gave the speaker a standing ovation. To date, the Academy has not moved to sanction the speaker or distance itself from the speaker’s remarks.

If the professional community has lost its sense of moral outrage when one if their own openly calls for the slow and painful extermination of over 5 billion human beings, then it falls upon the amateur community to be the conscience of science.

Forrest, who is a member of the Texas Academy and chairs its Environmental Science Section, told me he would be unable to describe the speech in The Citizen Scientist because he has protested the speech to the Academy and he serves as Editor of The Citizen Scientist. Therefore, to preclude a possible conflict of interest, I have directed Forrest to describe what he observed and his reactions in this special feature, for which I have served as editor and which is being released a week ahead of our normal publication schedule. Comments may be sent to Backscatter.

Shawn Carlson, Ph.D.,
MacArthur Fellow,
Founder and Executive Director,
Society for Amateur Scientists

Special Editorial: Dealing with Doctor Doom
Shawn Carlson, Ph.D.

Meeting Doctor Doom

Forrest M. Mims III
Copyright 2006 by Forrest M. Mims III.

There is always something special about science meetings. The 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont on 3-5 March 2006 was especially exciting for me, because a student and his professor presented the results of a DNA study I suggested to them last year. How fulfilling to see the baldcypress ( Taxodium distichum ) leaves we collected last summer and my tree ring photographs transformed into a first class scientific presentation that’s nearly ready to submit to a scientific journal (Brian Iken and Dr. Deanna McCullough, “Bald Cypress of the Texas Hill Country: Taxonomically Unique?” 109th Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science Program and Abstracts [ PDF ], Poster P59, p. 84, 2006).

But there was a gravely disturbing side to that otherwise scientifically significant meeting, for I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth’s population by airborne Ebola. The speech was given by Dr. Eric R. Pianka (Fig. 1), the University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert who the Academy named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

Something curious occurred a minute before Pianka began speaking. An official of the Academy approached a video camera operator at the front of the auditorium and engaged him in animated conversation. The camera operator did not look pleased as he pointed the lens of the big camera to the ceiling and slowly walked away.

This curious incident came to mind a few minutes later when Professor Pianka began his speech by explaining that the general public is not yet ready to hear what he was about to tell us. Because of many years of experience as a writer and editor, Pianka’s strange introduction and the TV camera incident raised a red flag in my mind. Suddenly I forgot that I was a member of the Texas Academy of Science and chairman of its Environmental Science Section. Instead, I grabbed a notepad so I could take on the role of science reporter.

One of Pianka’s earliest points was a condemnation of anthropocentrism, or the idea that humankind occupies a privileged position in the Universe. He told a story about how a neighbor asked him what good the lizards are that he studies. He answered, “What good are you?â€?

Pianka hammered his point home by exclaiming, “We’re no better than bacteria!â€?

Pianka then began laying out his concerns about how human overpopulation is ruining the Earth. He presented a doomsday scenario in which he claimed that the sharp increase in human population since the beginning of the industrial age is devastating the planet. He warned that quick steps must be taken to restore the planet before it’s too late.

Saving the Earth with Ebola

Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures. Then, and without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.

He then showed solutions for reducing the world’s population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved.

Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets.

AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola ( Ebola Reston ), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs.

After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, “We’ve got airborne 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that.â€?

With his slide of human skulls towering on the screen behind him, Professor Pianka was deadly serious. The audience that had been applauding some of his statements now sat silent.

After a dramatic pause, Pianka returned to politics and environmentalism. But he revisited his call for mass death when he reflected on the oil situation.

“And the fossil fuels are running out,â€? he said, “so I think we may have to cut back to two billion, which would be about one-third as many people.â€? So the oil crisis alone may require eliminating two-third’s of the world’s population.

How soon must the mass dying begin if Earth is to be saved? Apparently fairly soon, for Pianka suggested he might be around when the killer disease goes to work. He was born in 1939, and his lengthy obituary appears on his web site.

When Pianka finished his remarks, the audience applauded. It wasn’t merely a smattering of polite clapping that audiences diplomatically reserve for poor or boring speakers. It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause.

Questions for Dr. Doom

Then came the question and answer session, in which Professor Pianka stated that other diseases are also efficient killers.

The audience laughed when he said, “You know, the bird flu’s good, too.â€? They laughed again when he proposed, with a discernable note of glee in his voice that, “We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth.â€?

After noting that the audience did not represent the general population, a questioner asked, “What kind of reception have you received as you have presented these ideas to other audiences that are not representative of us?”

Pianka replied, “I speak to the converted!”

Pianka responded to more questions by condemning politicians in general and Al Gore by name, because they do not address the population problem and “…because they deceive the public in every way they can to stay in power.”

He spoke glowingly of the police state in China that enforces their one-child policy. He said, “Smarter people have fewer kids.” He said those who don’t have a conscience about the Earth will inherit the Earth, “…because those who care make fewer babies and those that didn’t care made more babies.” He said we will evolve as uncaring people, and “I think IQs are falling for the same reason, too.”

With this, the questioning was over. Immediately almost every scientist, professor and college student present stood to their feet and vigorously applauded the man who had enthusiastically endorsed the elimination of 90 percent of the human population. Some even cheered. Dozens then mobbed the professor at the lectern to extend greetings and ask questions. It was necessary to wait a while before I could get close enough to take some photographs (Fig. 1).

I was assigned to judge a paper in a grad student competition after the speech. On the way, three professors dismissed Pianka as a crank. While waiting to enter the competition room, a group of a dozen Lamar University students expressed outrage over the Pianka speech.

Yet five hours later, the distinguished leaders of the Texas Academy of Science presented Pianka with a plaque in recognition of his being named 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist. When the banquet hall filled with more than 400 people responded with enthusiastic applause, I walked out in protest.

Corresponding with Dr. Doom

Recently I exchanged a number of e-mails with Pianka. I pointed out to him that one might infer his death wish was really aimed at Africans, for Ebola is found only in Central Africa. He replied that Ebola does not discriminate, kills everyone and could spread to Europe and the the Americas by a single infected airplane passenger.

In his last e-mail, Pianka wrote that I completely fail to understand his arguments. So I did a check and found verification of my interpretation of his remarks on his own web site. In a student evaluation of a 2004 course he taught, one of Professor Pianka’s students wrote, “Though I agree that convervation [sic] biology is of utmost importance to the world, I do not think that preaching that 90% of the human population should die of ebola [sic] is the most effective means of encouraging conservation awareness.” (Go here and scroll down to just before the Fall 2005 evaluation section near the end.)

Yet the majority of his student reviews were favorable, with one even saying, “ I worship Dr. Pianka.�

The 45-minute lecture before the Texas Academy of Science converted a university biology senior into a Pianka disciple, who then published a blog that seriously supports Pianka’s mass death wish.

Dangerous Times

Let me now remove my reporter’s hat for a moment and tell you what I think. We live in dangerous times. The national security of many countries is at risk. Science has become tainted by highly publicized cases of misconduct and fraud.

Must now we worry that a Pianka-worshipping former student might someday become a professional biologist or physician with access to the most deadly strains of viruses and bacteria? I believe that airborne Ebola is unlikely to threaten the world outside of Central Africa. But scientists have regenerated the 1918 Spanish flu virus that killed 50 million people. There is concern that small pox might someday return. And what other terrible plagues are waiting out there in the natural world to cross the species barrier and to which scientists will one day have access?

Meanwhile, I still can’t get out of my mind the pleasant spring day in Texas when a few hundred scientists of the Texas Academy of Science gave a standing ovation for a speaker who they heard advocate for the slow and torturous death of over five billion human beings.

Forrest M. Mims III is Chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science, and the editor of The Citizen Scientist. He and his science are featured online at www.forrestmims.org and www.sunandsky.org. The views expressed herein are his own and do not represent the official views of the Texas Academy of Science or the Society for Amateur Scientists.


  • 11 Responses to “The Human Haters”

    1. Carpenter Says:

      One of Pianka’s earliest points was a condemnation of anthropocentrism, or the idea that humankind occupies a privileged position in the Universe. He told a story about how a neighbor asked him what good the lizards are that he studies. He answered, “What good are you?�

      Pianka hammered his point home by exclaiming, “We’re no better than bacteria!�

      Consistent with the rest of leftism, as the ideology doesn’t want to go anywhere, it just wants to bribe its followers with privileges in the here and now. Never did Marx say anything about mankind having someplace to go, a duty to achieve.

      So if we’re not going anywhere, if we’re not going to spread life in the universe or unlock the keys to the laws of nature, then indeed, why would we be any more important than bacteria? With nothing to accomplish we’d be just as useless as a flee.

      On the other hand, if you think mankind should accomplish something, then you have to judge living creatures according to their usefulness to the higher goal, creating a hierarchy. Here is the real ideological difference in the world, and there are only two sides.

      But wait – should we not care about nature? Of course we should, because nature is both useful and pleasing to the eye. But the left uses “environmentalism” as a bat to swing against technology, as it is the greatest scientific triumph of the White race, and therefore needs to be smeared. When people think of technology they must not feel awe, they must feel anger – so that the 70-IQ nigger who never invented the wheel suddenly becomes the superior being. Everything is turned upside down.

    2. Jim Says:

      Kill off every human except 10 percent of the elite Whites. Africa would exclusively be a nature reserve. Sounds great!

    3. Igor Alexander Says:

      That’s a disturbing piece.

      What I find interesting about a lot of these environmental wackos is that they often talk about overpopulation, but without any reference to race or ethnicity (i.e. whites are not the problem).

      Forrest Mims is a good man. I know him mostly because of the electronics “cookbooks” he wrote for Radio Shack. He’s also well-known for having had his column in Scientific American pulled due to his creationist beliefs (he didn’t write anything in his columns about creationism, mind you; he was fired for being a creationist).

    4. Igor Alexander Says:

      Here’s a rebuttal (more like a partisan attack) to Mims’ piece from a pro-evolution blog:

    5. Kievsky Says:

      I’m with Pianka — get rid of most of the hairless bipeds! Whites are only 8% of the global population, so it makes sense to hope for this scenario, so long as we survive.

      Overpopulation is the cause of most of our problems. Imagine if we had modern technology, but only about 200 million people on the earth — most of them White? that would be paradise!

    6. Igor Alexander Says:

      The thing is, Kievsky, whites are already reproducing below the replacement level in many places. Like I said in my previous comment — whites are not the problem.

    7. Sulla Says:

      Definitely, knock off 75% of the non-white population at least. Many whites (those who exhibit anti-life/pro-nigger characteristics) have gotta go with the true whites breeding and producing strong, viable, offspring.

    8. Cowboy Zeke Says:

      I would say keep the Japanese around, and a number of the high end asians, they are the best of the others. I mean who the hell is gonna cook my panang curry and make fucked up kung fu movies if they’re gone?

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    11. Tommy Says:

      What a sick way to die, Ebola isn’t a joke. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, even the people of Africa. Dr. Pianka should not be allowed access to any dangerous strains of airborne viruses. Period.

      If I catch ebola, I’d hop a plane straight for this doctor, and with my last breath vomit up my infected organs in his face.