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12/10/2012

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John D

I think one of the problems is that deep down, most scientists are also that dreaded sub-species called the techno-optimist.

Regarding how scientists timidly dance around the stark results of their analyses, my favorite is from a few years ago regarding the green revolution. I can't remember the scientist's name, and I can't find the article, but I remember it was a long and detailed analysis of agriculture, its dependence on fossil fuel and how it has sparked a population explosion. Buried at the bottom of his conclusion are the words that 'due to a projected shortfall in agricultural output in relation to global food requirements, a population correction will necessarily result.' Talk about subtle!!

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