Of Meat Patches and Cat Eyes

You are living in a stranger world than you think you are.

And history hasn’t stopped. Not in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Not when Obama was elected in 2008. Not when Osama bin Laden was killed in the slow-motion aftermath of 9/11. Obvious? OK.

No further proof required? OK again.

Nonetheless, there is further proof, both that the world is far more bizarre than you want to believe it is and that history is happening this very instant in a very significant way.

As happens with historic events, most people are missing the meaning of the event as it happens in real time. That was true when Jesus of Nazareth was pulled from the cross (just another criminal’s body to be disposed of), and it was true when Adolf Hitler, new chancellor of Germany, ordered the sterilization of mental defectives in 1933.

What, you’re asking, could have happened to rival momentous events in history like these? It is simply the publication of an academic paper that presages the death of science, and indeed the death of reason, in the West.

Its authors are respected Ph.D.’s – one in the U.S. and two in the U.K. Their paper, under a cloak of altruism, suggests a variety of profoundly immoral responses to manmade climate change. The lead author, S. Matthew Liao,

After a certain point, altruism becomes a grim exercise in domination. Professor S. Matthew Liao of New York University.

an ethicist at New York University, has absolutely no idea that he is either immoral or out of his mind. He is clearly both. And New York University would do well to show him the door, which, if either science or reason were prospering in any sort of serious way in our age, is exactly what it would do.

Liao presupposes that climate is changing in negative ways and that mankind is the cause. How a return to temperatures already seen more than once even during the beautiful climactic nest in which we live, the Holocene interglacial, spells disaster is unclear. How responding to the imaginary problem with “biomedical modifications” to human beings is – have I hinted at this already? – beyond the pale.

Liao suggests all of the following: putting medicinal patches on people so that when they ingest meat it will make them so violently ill that they will never desire it again; genetically modifying embryos to give rise to smaller fully grown adults, with smaller carbon footprints; giving people drugs to make it more likely for them to be environmentalists; and using genetic engineering to replace human eyes with cat eyes, because less electricity would be needed for light.

Does Dr. Liao know that our interglacial is the coolest of the last five interglacials? Does he know that forest bordered the Arctic ocean in Siberia 7,000 years ago – on terrain that today is tundra? Does he know that sea level has been on a roller coaster ever since water has been on Earth? But, given that, does he know that sea level has barely risen in the last hundred years? That Venice is still a nice place to visit? That not a single dock has had to be retooled at a single port around the world due to rising sea level?

Admission: I kind of don’t care what he knows. His effort to change history, whatever the motivation or lack of underlying knowledge, cannot be abided. If the rush to annihilate science and reason continues for another human generation, as appears likely, you will not be able to say that you did not see the signs. You will not be able to say that you did not understand what was happening. You saw and you knew.

And so did I.

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About Harold Ambler

I am a lifelong environmentalist. I started my journalism career at The New Yorker, where I worked as a copy editor. Since then, my own work has appeared in The New York Daily News, The National Review Online, The Atlantic Wire, The Huffington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The Providence Journal, Brown Alumni Monthly, The Narragansett Times, Rhode Island Monthly, and Providence Business News.
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11 Responses to Of Meat Patches and Cat Eyes

  1. Kevin says:

    Well, if we’re going to do that stuff, they should also genetically modify the next generation to have tails. Because it would be fun to have a tail.

  2. Shooter says:

    This man does not know science or the human mind. Drugs cannot control a person’s mental state nor choices. They do it themselves. Also, genetically modifying embryos has been done, and it’s been a disaster. Think embryotic stem cells and how they were a failed fad, eh?

    As for the cat eyes, I’d say they’d be great for people with poor vision. If he did a paper just on that, I’d be cool with it. But what he is suggesting is nothing short of a Holocaust. Godwin’s Law intended, he’d make Hitler blush.

  3. Shooter says:

    **As for this man, I mean the insane doctor. Not the owner of this blog.

  4. Jerome says:

    This guy is a serious and dangerous loony. There is no other word I can come up with that fits. The people who publish this stuff must also have some kind of impaired reasoning abilities.

  5. hro001 says:

    I saw this earlier today and my first thought was: no … this must be a very early April Fools’ (sick) joke. And then I realized how wrong I was … but it left me speechless.

  6. Garry says:

    No surprise whatsoever – in fact it was predictable – that the the insane CAGW zealot religion is now promoting eugenics.

    Next it’ll be the beneficial results of genocides.

    Who did not see this coming?

  7. A Professor of Philosophy no less and a “bioethicist”.
    He does seem to be enjoying the publicity. Probably the greatest ego-trip he has ever had.
    But actually I think a family may well wish to ensure that they don’t produce idiot children – large or small. Some human engineering to breed out the possibility of producing idiot professors of philosophy could be much more productive for the human race.

  8. JuergenK says:

    As my son said some hours ago: If Dr. Liao really were concerned of the wellfare of earth he simply should stop exhaling CO2. But no! Giving this kind of advice would be descending to his level.
    Sometimes it is very hard to stay friendly and calm …

  9. Nicki says:

    The scary thing is, a lot of people will actually take this guy seriously :(

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