From: Brian Holtz [email@example.com]
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 10:59 AM
Subject: RE: Humanity's Future
I would have to be living in a cave
somewhere :-) not to be aware of the reasons why so many people think these
three phenomena constitute crises. Indeed, I discuss all three of these
challenges in a part of my Futurology writing that you may have missed: http://humanknowledge.net/Thoughts.html#Challenges.
By contrast, a(n
admittedly brief) inspection of your site yields no evidence that you are
aware of the (by far less well-known) arguments that these are not crises.
The most notable work in this field of thought is Julian Simon's Ultimate Resource, but searching your site for his name
and book yields only a single mention (in a broken-link footnote of a piece about the Singularity). If
you want to remain an eco-doomsayer, I'd heavily advise you not to read Simon's
book. :-) It's hard to take seriously any doomsaying presentation
that doesn't address Simon's
analysis. If you know of any specific counter-arguments to Simon's work,
I'd be very interested in a reference.
I still found that your article made interesting reading,
and the scope of your thinking is to be much admired. I have taken the
liberty of reposted it at my website Future
with credit and links to your websites.
Timothy Wilken, MD
I appreciate your inclusion of it on
your impressive site; feel free to also include the rest of my writing on
(Including the above files will keep
the hyperlinks working, as opposed to copying and pasting directly from my book itself, whose links only
work in that file.)