Originally posted by marg6043
I like his books and I will be looking for that particular one, in the book stores, so thanks for the tip.
I don't agree with everything he pushes for in the book, but its another good one from him. Its interesting to because, if you read Eaters of the
, you might rember that he had footnotes, references, and a discussion of sources there too. I've never checked the sources for that
work, because its obviously entirely a work of fiction. This one also uses references and the like, but he goes thru an introduction and even an
closing section on how the references are real and correct and what his position on the issues are an all of that.
And as for global warming, well I have to say that our weather has been quite strange this year
I don't think that anyone advocating the existence of global warming would say that its having an effect on the weather and tempurature right now,
certainly not enough to alter the seasons.
But what is the government doing to hold us on our toes? they're denying the fact that it exists, they prolonged the time till they will... I mean if
they wanted to instill fear, they would hold bakc industry and tell people to cut down. Now THAT would make sense.
But if you will notice, politicians back the existence of global warming and send reps to conferences on it and sign agreements about it. Chricton
actually makes this direct comparision (i'm sure its not his original idea) between the red scare and the current environmental scare. Heck, people
are so crazy over it that they think earthquakes are the result of pollution.
But my argument might change after I read the book
Well, he has his characters use actual information, at least when he cites it and gives the reference in the footnotes, so his arguement is open to
consideration. Its actually a rather fast paced book and he manages to keep it interesting.
The main character reminded me of how I once
Wasn't it interesting how the main character, the lawyer, wasn't the 'hero', in a way? He was the regular guy that has to get everything
explained ot him, for the sake of the reader.
I don't think that, as some have said, that chrichton is saying the researchers are lying and commiting fraud. Infact, in the book he deals with
that charge when its leveled agianst people who don't find evidence for it. The conspiracy isn't intentional and coordinated, its the people
themselves who look for data to confirm their pre-existing perceptions, or who even subconsiously allow bias to creep into their analyses of the data,
with the result being a cultural perception of global warming that influences, non-insidiously, the science. No 'smoking man' of x-files fame is