Mims Lies

As an example of how extreme the distortion of Pianka's message was, in the Q & A session following his talk, he responded (tongue in cheek) to a question about how we might be able to control human populations with the following:

"A solution is theoretically possible. I call it the 'Johnny Anti-Appleseed Solution.' Instead of being cursed with our fertility, I would bless us with infertility. Now this could happen naturally with male sperm counts falling because of the many estrogen mimics in plastics. I asked a reproductive physiologist years ago about this. I said, could you design a molecule that you could administer once that would turn off reproduction and make people sterile? And he said, yes, theoretically. And I said, well, if you did that, could you design an antidote that would unmask it just briefly for a few seconds? And he said, yes, probably. So this is what we need. We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth and make the antidote freely available to anybody who's willing to work for it. Immediately you'd get responsible parenthood, no more juvenile delinquents, or unwanted kids. If you wanted to have a child, you'd have to work, and you'd only have a few seconds to do it in. [laughter]."

Needless to say, Mims took this little bit of humor totally out of context, condensed it down, and reported on the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show simply and unfairly as "he wants to sterilize everybody on Earth."

Vanishing Book Speech Controversy

Download The Vanishing Book of Life, the now infamous speech Pianka has given many times (16.8 meg pdf file)

Download text only to Pianka's "The Vanishing Book of Life" speech (283K pdf file)

Download Eric Pianka's "Can Human Instincts Be Controlled?"