Non-Prophet New Year

In Analysis by Michael Rae

On January 1, the CBS show “60 Minutes” featured Paul Ehrlich, who warned viewers about the threat of “mass extinction,” which was “high now and getting higher all the time.” This was not a new theme for the insect biologist, 90. 
In his 1968 The Population Bomb, Ehrlich contended that “the battle to feed all of humanity is over.” Viewers on January 1, 2023, could affirm that it wasn’t. Viewers could also understand that civilization did not end within the following decade, as Ehrlich also predicted. On the other hand, viewers may have been unaware of his famous wager with economist Julian Simon, author

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