Michael Crichton vs. the scientific community

Why bring an expert to the debate when they're just bound to tell you -- again -- that there's very little debate about the phenomenon of global warming and the role of humans in it? Bring a novelist who can inspire the most starstruck feelings in our elected reps:


"I'm excited about this hearing," [Oklahoma Republican] Mr. Inhofe said, nodding toward Mr. Crichton as the proceedings began. "I think I've read most of his books; I think I've read them all. I enjoyed most 'State of Fear' and made it required reading for this committee." ...
Natasha writes of the med school grad cum novelist:
"They don't even make you study nutrition at med school and if you want to do research, you have to actually take separate training in that. You definitely don't get out of training to be a doctor with an automatic ability to evaluate other branches of science, like advanced genetics or electrical engineering. I don't know where any serious journalist gets off making it sound like something other than a joke that a Senate committee chair called in a fiction writer to testify on a matter of serious scientific import."
It should also be noted that the Seattle Times' Sunday front page reads:
"The truth about global warming

Scientists overwhelmingly agree: The Earth is getting warmer at an alarming pace, and humans are the cause -- no matter what the skeptics say."
(Pacific Views)

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