Whom to Trust?

Keith Fuglie posted on  30 May 2013 | 17:21 GMT

“Despite the global food crisis of 2007–8, the coming famine hasn’t happened yet. It is a looming planetary emergency…it is arriving even faster than climate change.” That’s the vision of famine that awaits us, says Australian science writer Julian Cribb. And he’s far from alone. “The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity,” says the environmentalist Lester Brown.
They’re wrong, and their virulent strain of technopessimism—which is finding lots of resonance in the media these days—has been wrong for a long time. In his 1968 book The Population Bomb, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.” Ehrlich himself rode the frayed coattails of Thomas Malthus, who two centuries ago warned that the combination of an arithmetic increase in food supply and a geometric increase in population would result in famine, pestilence, and war.

We live in an age where nothing and no source is fully reliable any more:
Neither scientists nor religionists, neither politicians nor news casters, neither economists nor financial advisers, neither Democrats nor Republicans, nether theists nor atheistsn nether Communists nor anti-Communists: But no one is altogether trustworthy.
This is also the sad recognition of Postmodernism: That anything can be twisted and turned and presented (intentionally or naively) as the Absolute Truth, that any statement or thesis or declaration is colored/distorted/molded by perspectives, conscious or otherwise.
This puts the average truth-seeker who reads and listens to all sides in a state of utter confusion, while those who are addicted/converted to just one perspective go around proclaiming they have the Final Truth on any subject, demanding that their version be accepted by everyone.

V. V. Raman

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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