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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: astack on Nov 07, '08 11:44:24AM

Believing that just because the consensus can be wrong ipso facto means that climate change somehow isn't happening, or that human activity doesn't have something to do with it is completely illogical. Crichton had a lot of similar very clever arguments for a lot of things, including dinosaurs and climate change, but a lot of them were obviously wrong to someone who knew the technical details about what it was he was describing, but not so much the casual reader. E.g., at one point he declares in State of Fear that there is cooling in some weather stations, but that isn't what climate change is about, it's about the mean surface temperature, not isolated places. I won't get into it more than that, this debate is best left to other sites...

I read Jurassic Park with a lot of interest when I was in high school and it had a lot to do with me picking my current career path, but everything of his I have seen since then has been either not interesting to me (ER) or I considered it downright bad (Lost World, State of Fear). While I have some very good memories of some things he has done (including support of this site), unfortunately I can't say I will miss him.

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