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What do you think of Michael Crichton's view on the scientific era and environmentalism?
I finished reading Jurassic Park the other day for the first time, and it’s the one book so far where I fully realized Crichton’s opinions on science and his arguments against environmentalism.
For those of you unaware of said views, he basically had Ian Malcolm go on a rant on how the scientific era is coming to a close because of its uncontrollable power, how we leaped from atomic to genetic power and one day all that power will be in everyone’s hands everyday, from children to gardeners to terrorists and dictators. He said how science replaced the medieval ways but now the scientific ways are going to be replaced by something else; science is destroying itself by discovering things that contradict its goals (i.e. chaos theory).
His arguments against environmentalism were basically that the earth was, is, and never will be in any danger because it will only evolve and adapt and grow again. Thus, we shouldn’t waste any time or money on trying to save it. We’re only saving it based on our biased view on how we happen to live on this world and want to survive.
I just thought it was interesting and never really came across anyone with such views and wanted to see what others thought too.