I recently read Michael Crichton's latest effort "State of Fear." I seldom take anything I read at face value, and extraordinary claims always require extraordinary proof. This is the mental health policy I have personally implemented so I do not go prematurely nuts from surfing the world wide wasteland. So much of the web is silly and absurd and not believing is the only sane approach to take.
We seem to fear many things these days and perhaps we all need to take a deep breath and rationally assess what we are fed by those special interest groups that are telling us we are doomed. A little careful research will prove some of what we think we know is incorrect.
Given that Michael Crichton wrote State Of Fear, I decided to follow up and do a little due diligence. Mr. Crichton has carefully documented the claims he makes in his book and that makes his writing about the environment slightly more credible than the usual sources of misinformation.
If you have not read State of Fear, I recommend that you do. No spoilers here, but allow me to tell you that the story is a fictional story about ecological terrorists supported by a framework of verifiable facts. He shoots large holes through many of the commonly held beliefs we all seem to share regarding global warming and the ecology.
I happened to catch a recent television program on ABC, presented by John Stossel. Again, many popular beliefs and myths were explored and dispatched using facts; something many people seem to ignore when they desperately trying to prove a point. I am certain Mr. Stossel will get hammered for suggesting (and proving) the claims he has made, as will Michael Crichton.
Bob Maxey - Salt Lake City, Utah.