Tree Hugging, Lizard Experts are Hazardous to the Population

(Again, I'm not namecalling. He's hugging a tree in his bio picture.)

WorldNetDaily reports that Professor (and lizard expert) Eric R. Pianka of the University of Texas is deeply concerned about overpopulation. Addressing an audience of fellow scientists and science students, Pianka gave his solution:

"War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets. AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world's population is airborne Ebola (Ebola reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years."

Oh, but that's not all. For his suggestion, he received a standing ovation and continued:

During a question-and-answer sessions, the audience laughed approvingly when Pianka offered the bird flu as another vehicle toward achieving his goal. They also chuckled when he suggested it was time to sterilize everyone on Earth.

After these remarks, he was not fired, reprimanded or asked if he'd be the first to volunteer in population reduction. (I credit my best friend for the last part of that sentence. She thought that as a scientist he should be the first to offer himself in the study.)

No, he was given an award. A plaque that named him the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

Read the rest of the eyebrow raising story here.

Posted by Portia at April 3, 2006 02:04 PM | TrackBack

I'm not going to spell this right:

I think he would be called a utilitarian bioethicist.

Google Peter Singer or something

By the way, you're the only woman in the entire blogosphere who isn't angry with me right now!

Posted by: dan at April 3, 2006 02:24 PM

And why is that, sir Dan?

Or by telling me, will it move me to join them?

Posted by: Portia at April 3, 2006 03:51 PM

I have started something....strange:

Start here:
:End there

It starts with a martini joke. Ends with me being called the leading cause of spousal abuse, rape, incest, and sinus infections.

Posted by: dan at April 3, 2006 08:16 PM