Paradigm shift alert!!!

In an interesting piece that spans Sputnik to today’s nuttiness, Wretchard sees some big paradigm shifts coming (a favorite topic here from time to time). We’ll just quote a fun bit from the first Earth Day:

Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled Eco-Catastrophe!

“By 1975 some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

Earth Day turns fifty next year BTW. The famines, the heat, the cold, the fires, the drownings, have all been terrible! At college on the first Earth Day we were addressed by Senator “when I returned, Mary Jo and the car were gone” – ouch!

One Response to “Paradigm shift alert!!!”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    Fernandez makes great points about the Group think.

    Earth Day turns 50 and the True Believers are still out there. The failed predictions don’t seem to matter. The apocalypse IS coming. Like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, they just have to keep the faith.

    The brain blindness is something to behold.

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