Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Sometimes the heretics are right, as Matt Ridley explains in a fine lecture in Edinburgh. Excerpt:

“Will this be the world that your grandchildren will thank you for? A world where industrial production has sunk to zero. Where population has suffered a catastrophic decline. Where the air, sea and land are polluted beyond redemption. Where civilization is a distant memory. This is the world that the computer forecasts.”
Limits to Growth in 1972
Now we all understand the implications of the "Garbage in - Garbage out" phenomenon, and computers have reduced the time span of the information alimentary tract to milliseconds. Still, you throw in a computer and for a lot of people, the phrase becomes "Garbage in - Gospel out".

Click over and RTWT. You won't be disappointed.

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