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Re^2: Global warning is an act of:

by bangers (Pilgrim)
on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:53 UTC ( #724838=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Picky, but I think Terence Stamp and Zod turned up in the second movie, but awesome indeed.

Also Michael Crichton was a fiction writter. Whatever you think about global warming and its cause, it is better to reach your conclusion reading factual works by scientist.


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Re^3: Global warning is an act of:
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Nov 20, 2008 at 14:05 UTC
    Even more picky...:). Zod was indeed in the first movie, but only briefly. The beginning of the movie saw Zod and his crew banished to the 'Phantom Zone' (patent-pending)
      There was a lot of footage shot while shooting the first film, which turned up in the sequel. Of course, it's not far from that to "I told you before, and I'll tell you again -- NO MORE FUCKING ABBA!"
Re^3: Global warning is an act of:
by talexb (Canon) on Nov 22, 2008 at 01:20 UTC

    Although I acknowledge that Crichton was a fiction writer, and that State of Fear was a work of fiction, it did reference many, many published, academic works. I'm guessing you haven't read this book, right?

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

      Crichton was the same guy who "warned" the world about the dangers of metal fatigue in Airframe, with the underlying tenet that the engineers were too stupid to notice.

      Rather insulting to an airframer (at the time, a group which included me), especially as every engineer in the aviation world had known about the dangers of metal fatigue since this report. I didn't notice Crichton's name in the list of investigators.

      Early in my career I worked with one of the engineers responsible for fixing the Comet, and by extension, keeping 707's and DC-8's from having the same problem.


      Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

      Wrong, I have read it. Not one of his better books, by some distance. Good science fiction writers (and Crichton was very good) research the science underpinning their work, but it is still a work of fiction. Science fiction is a wonderful tool for looking at social implications of theories, but it is not very useful in helping test the truth of a theory.

        A long, long time ago (in the Fall of 75, actually) I was a green, just out of high school kid in first year of CEGEP at John Abbott (this is a combination academic and vocational college, for those of you who didn't grow up in Quebec). One of the courses was a horrific doom and gloom course, probably titled Philosphy of Life or something, and one of the texts was Limits to Growth.

        Each class seemed to consist of the professor lecturing on and on about how the world was doomed to die as a result of food shortages, lack of drinking water, pollution and population explosion. He also guaranteed that the world was going to go "****ing nuts" on December 31, 1983, just eight years away. Not exactly a cheery message for young adults.

        So it's now the end of November, 2008, about thirty years later. If the world did go nuts back in 1983, it wasn't a big deal. The environment probably is in worse shape than it was then, but at least there's increasing attention paid to it, and there are serious attempts to reverse the problem by, for example, encouraging the car companies to build cars that have a smaller carbon footprint.

        And I still don't know for sure what's happening with the environment -- when the scientific opinions point in so many directions, it's hard to know who to believe.

        But thanks for the links.

        Alex / talexb / Toronto

        "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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