Those words are the exclamation of Dr. Eric R. Pianka, evolutionary biologist and world-renown lizard expert at the University of Texas. This is the usual fare in the techno-fundamentalist crowd, who are waging unremitting warfare on what they perceive to be the curse of "anthropocentricism."
That "man-centered" doctrine includes a lot in its pale, including Christianity, which believes that man is the steward-king over all creation (and not just this planet, either).
We've heard this sort of thing before, that we "homo sapiens" have just as much or just as little right to our spot on this planet as any other species, no better than lizards, rhinoceri or bacteria. Somehow, this doctrine has insinuated itself into much of the conservation movement, where even the name "homo sapiens" itself violates the standards of correctness.
But Dr. Pianka has taken his anti-anthropocentrist conservationism to its logical end. I think he's taken it as far as it can go. This Texan scientist, who is called a "god" and gushed overly regularly in his students' evaluations, is openly discussing the 90% elimination of the human population as a necessary correction for the human overpopulation of the Earth.
Dr. Pianka likes the Ebola virus for this 90% elimination project because it is so very efficient. He is not so enthused about AIDS or the bird flu virus, because they are not quick enough in their work. He is disgusted with politicians, especially Al Gore, who identify themselves with environmentalism, but who are not "courageous" enough to talk about the "realities" of human overpopulation.
Here are a few points to consider:
- This is the natural end of the radical doctrine of evolution and the genetic fallacy. It violates science, and turns a noble endeavor into something demented.
- When Christian intellectuals, who try to be likeable to their professional and academic colleagues who are not so Christian, suggest that the Intelligent Design people are just fringe weirdo's and that we shouldn't pay any attention to moonbats like Dennett and Dawkins, they forget that Pianka's genocidal speech played to a standing ovation crowd.
- These same Christian intellectuals need to consider why Pianka's putsch assistants put the kabosh on the video cam: I take it that the staff at the Texas Academy of Science was acutely aware that the public is not ready to know what the smart people are thinking.
- And in Pianka's many courses and speeches, he has young students drooling over his words. This old man has discovered that it is not so difficult to infect young brains with turgid morbidity. Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot and every single brimstone celebrity has known that death and holocaust are entertaining things, in a sort of demonically erotic manner. I mean, that's the whole impetus behind the Al-Qaeda thing, and the brown shirts and the black shirts, and now -- I'll lay money on this -- some snot-nosed graduate-assistant kid stealing a sample of Ebola Zaire, and unlatching the coop. Because he "worships" Dr. Pianka.
Recently, the SCOBA Committee on Moral Issues and Social Concerns seriously discussed the problem of "Intelligent Design" as an ethical issue for Christians. I'm not sure what that means. Maybe it is "unethical" or "immoral" to believe in Intelligent Design, or to promulgate such a doctrine. I wonder if they will pay any attention to the ethics or morality of these departmental schemes to solve the "problem" of human overpopulation.