It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Michael Crichton, who passed away earlier today at age 66 after a bout with cancer. Most people know him as the uber-well-known author behind Jurassic Park and for being one of the creators of the long-running series “ER.”
Dr. Crichton advocated caution against “consensus science,” which he argued is the driving force of global warming alarmism. Con census science is made up of the collective judgment, position, and opinion of the community of scientists in a particular field of science at a particular time. Crichton argued that proponents of global warming were doing consensus science and not actual science (the kind based on the scientific method rather than polling scientists).
This is a major blow to those of us who are wary to jump to unfounded conclusions about anthropologic global warming. It certainly isn’t a popular position, particularly among celebrities. Crichton was a valuable ally and his loss will be mourned.