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Very brief Review of ‘State of Fear’ by Michael Crichton

February 12, 2013

NOTE: The review can be a spoiler, if you intend to read the book.

Read ‘State of Fear’ by Michael Crichton. The book is written from a point of view of a “global warming” skeptic, and contrasts the climate change concerns with larger things like ice ages.

Its a fiction. But the more interesting things, are the scientific basis of the book. Or, critically, you can call it a politico-scientific basis. Entirely depends on you.

The author clearly believes that all climate change concerns are just a fad. Just like Eugenics was a fad some 70-80 years ago[1]. And Scientists have to comply and do “research on hire” as per the wishes & likings of the powers that fund. And celebrities always need a cause to stand for. And he makes a case of how everything human has a origin in some kind of politics or greed or fear, even if its science.

The book, by the way, has been heavily criticized by climate scientists and also by Al Gore, and some in very strong words. [2]

But to a lay reader, it does make it case well. Particularly when he builds his case using all the larger/historical contrasts. He heavily uses the Ice age phenomenon and other macro phenomenons. To that end there is a very useful appendix at the end, which documents the history of Eugenics[1]. It tells how, prior to WW2 it had overt and covert champions. And how everybody started to disown the championing of it, immediately after WW2.

[1] http://www.crichton-official.com/books-stateoffear-policy.html

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Fear#Criticism_from_scientific_community

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