June 11, 2011

Malthus and other predictions.

Recently the end of the world forecast did not occur. Curiously there was some angst that it might. Of course this was followed by ridicule and a new date for the end to um... begin.

I was thinking about The Population Bomb's' opening lines the authors state that nothing can prevent famines in which hundreds of millions of people will die during the 1970s (amended to 1970s and 80s in later editions),

There was the coming ice age, back in the 70's as well.

Peak Oil has been one false prediction after another.

And Man Made Global warming has had its own set of doomsday clocks.

So how many of these world shattering predictions have to come and go before we take them in the context they deserve?  Skeptical.

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