Friday, February 25, 2005

BioBlogging 1

Well, the Washington Times (at least the print edition does) has a story today on the World population reaching 9.1 billion by the year 2050. (That's 8 years after Social Security collapses, for those keeping track of impending crises, and 9.1 thousand million for you British folks). This would be news, if not for the fact that these people (these people being the media in general) have been saying the same thing for at least the past 5 1/2 years. That's right. Even back in 1999 (gasp!), the U.N. (pre-expose) predicted a population of 9 billion for the world of 2050. So why is this news? I really don't know. Perhaps it's because print (even the relatively right-leaning Times), is running out of things to well... print. The only thing I got out of this article that I couldn't already have figured out/already knew, was that the population of India will apparently be greater than that of China by 2050. Then again, I probably should have seen that coming as well.

Enjoy the baba gannouj, but don't forget to share it with your 9,099,999,999 neighbors.

It's An Environmental Construct, Silly

Hopeful Urban Legend Alert:

So I was surfing through the weblogs today when I find a very interesting story. Secular Blasphemy and PrestoPundit seem to have come upon something very disturbing. The jist of it, if you're too lazy to actually read those articles, is that apparently, the Swedish government has decided that a book containing an interview with a certain scientist, Annica Dahlström, is not fit for print. If the interview is removed, the book may be printed.

Why? Because Dahlström states that the differences between men and women are due to both inheritance and upbringing/environment. Apparently, in Sweden, this goes against the law. The Swedish government has established the "fact" that the differences between men and women are only due to society/environment. Here in the US, we haven't come to any conclusion of that sort.

The important thing to note is that the government has established what is fact and what is myth. While the US government bans the teaching of creationism in public schools, for example, this does not prevent book publishers from releasing books debunking evolution. In essence, that's what this story is about. The government has set in stone what is a fact here, and any scientific progress stating likewise is disallowed, ignored, or punished. Something about that just isn't right. Especially for a tolerant liberal society such as Sweden.