A warped plan to save Earth
By Dimitri Vassilaros
Friday, April 7, 2006
Eric R. Pianka is Moses, lizard man, self-loathing human debasement, a tenured embarrassment for the University of Texas — and to the Texas Academy of Science, recipient of its 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist award even though the biology professor wants 90 percent of the human race exterminated. Quickly.
Mr. Pianka is the antithesis of anthropocentric. That probably explains why the scientist that Texans consider distinguished says “we are no better than bacteria.” And why he believes Earth can be saved if all but 10 percent of the human race could be killed off without lingering — ideally by the highly lethal airborne Ebola virus because he says HIV would be too slow.
(Picture Al Gore as a tree-hugging alpha male on steroids who just for an instant actually believed what he wrote in “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit.”)
Forrest M. Mims III, chairman of the academy’s Environmental Science Section and editor of The Citizen Scientist, was in the audience during Pianka’s presentation of his final solution of the human question — presumably the excess humans instead of the surely vital ones such as those who attended the academy’s annual meeting in March and heard him speak.
“He wishes for it. He hopes for it. He laughs about it. He jokes about it,” Mr. Mims said in published reports about Pianka’s euthanasia plan for Earth. “It’s got to happen because we are the scourge of humanity.”
And conservatives are called neo-Nazis?
If humans just weren’t so gosh darn anthropocentric they would realize they are not at the top of the food chain or a superior life form and that there are way too many of them, to sum up the essence of Pianka’s manifesto.
Calls and e-mail to Pianka requesting comment were not returned. And no bacterium agreed to be interviewed.
Mims mischaracterized Pianka’s speech, said David S. Marsh, president of the Texas Academy of Science, when we spoke by telephone. However, Mr. Marsh declined to offer even one example of his allegation, not even in his prepared statement sent to this column.