Early man walked away as modern man took control.
Their minds werent all the same, to conquer was his big goal,
So he built his great empire and slaughtered his own kind,
Then he died a confused man, killed himself with his own mind.
Were only gonna die from our own arrogance.
In a great interview with Bad Religion frontman and “Punk Professor” Greg Graffin, he has a lot of interesting things to say about doomsday prophecies, climate change, and the end of mankind.
What he says about government funded research and studies is also pretty interesting:
You mentioned climate change earlier as the bigger problem. A recent New Scientist story stated how scientists are being asked not to use the phrase ‘death spiral’ (to describe the cause and effect of climate change – i.e. the melting of arctic ice which is in turn affecting weather streams and patterns and causing weather extremes) in fear that it may cause mass panic.
GG: Oh man, I get sick and tired of public relations on that front. Obviously certain scientists are speaking on a public policy rule so they need to interact with Washington. In fact a big department of our government, the National Science Foundation, gives a huge amount of money to research, which is paid by taxes. So when you’re taking money from the National Science Foundation, you kind of lose your privilege to speak as scientists in so many ways, because it’s the government who decides if something is too controversial – like evolution or climate change – because you have to follow certain guidelines in your publications. I’ve been much happier to avoid that kind of communication in my science work and my public presentations.
So because of the way your research is funded, the results are compromised?
GG: Exactly – but it’s not the results that are compromised, it’s the presentation of those results. Here’s a good example: we just had that terrible school shooting. The FBI record every murder and they detail what firearm was used in every murder – it’s a very extensive database. However, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has lobbied to make laws so that it’s illegal for any citizen to have access to that information. So even though the results of the study are very clear, the data is sitting in a vault somewhere and nobody can report on it. So all these statistics you hear about handguns or assault rifles – all that data is locked away and it’s just a big public relations spin.
I’ve always been skeptical of figures thrown out in the gun control debates. So,there’s that.