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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Malthusian Mendacity

Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey got it exactly right when he debunked Malthus' "junk science" population growth theories as touted anew in Jared Diamond's book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" ("Under the Spell of Malthus", August/September 2005 issue of "Reason" Magazine, pages 67-71).
In doing so, he also took an insightful swipe at Darwin's much ballyhooed and unproven "theory" of evolution, that so many otherwise intelligent and educated folks blindly accept as uncontroverted fact.
While all of us will be held accountable for and share a responsibility to strive to be faithful and protective stewards of the Earth and our environment, we also should remember that God has promised us that, " For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared....For the earth is full, and there is enough to spare..." (Doctrine & Covenants Section 104, Verses 13 &17, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
By the way, Diamond also got it way wrong about the reasons for the collapse of the Mayan Empire in Pre-Columbian Central America, for reasons not even touched upon by Bailey, but that's another story.


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