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UT Scientist Wants to Release Ebola Virus to Kill off 90 Percent of World

Via Zoli Erdos' blog:

Dr. Eric R. Pianka, a University of Texas evolutionary ecologist advocated for the extermination of 90 percent of the human species in a most horrible and painful manner, by releasing the Ebola virus - all in the name of “saving the Planet”.  Not only he received a standing ovation, but the Texas Academy of Science honored him with its 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist Scientist award.

Here are the chilling details by The Citizen Scientist –  and retort by a fellow-scientist.

Please tell me this was an April Fool's day joke.  Please.

There's more here in "Evil Genius from Texas," whose author writes, "I take back anything nice I have ever said about Texas.  People there are just plain crazy."

Zoli predicts that this story will bounce around the blogosphere and get picked up by the MSM. Then UT will be forced to fire the good doctor.  I predict he'll end up working for the Texas Department of Corrections.

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Zoli Erdos

I like your idea for his future employment, the only question is: which side of the fence? :-)

Candidly Caroline

Would he be one of the people to be exterminated???
He says, according to your links, that humans are no better than bacteria. If we're no better than bacteria, then why bother "saving" the Earth for us at all?

James

The professors words were taken horribly out of context by some nutter.

There's stuff at Bad Astronomy and Cosmic Variance that explain what really happened.

Brenner

Gosh, wow, a lot of hard feelings on everybody's part, huh? So many people up in arms, hackles raised, villagers carrying the torchesto Castle Frankenstein over nothing more than One man's Opinion, for fuck's sake ... and so on.

Too bad Dr. Pianka's right.

Not about advocating the use of Ebola or other pathogens to decimate humanity --- and did he even actually suggest such a thing, or did he merely state that it would likely happen, without human intervention, in the next few decades? But that such a fate is, as I just said, likely to happen anyway.

Yeah: too bad that THAT is merely the, how-you-say, truth of the matter.

Also: I'll be sad when it happens, if I'm still around. Because, regardless that humans are the most egregious anti-global-goodness force on this planet, I don't really give that much of a damn about the planet itself, after all. I'm all for the continuance of the people, regardless how stupidly destructive those people are. And I'd rather we were around until there was nothing left to be around for.

But, ah shucks, too bad: I think Doc Priana's right on the money ...

brandy

Steven where are you?! It's been a month, and no armadillo. Are you okay?

Steven Phenix

Hi Brandy,

Everything's just fine, don't worry! I've just been very, very busy with work and I haven't had a second to devote to my podcast.

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