is one of the pillars of patriarchy. I recall one of my colleagues
telling me, 15 years ago on the campus in Utah where he taught
biology, about the majority of his college students citing God and
their father as two of the three authorities he requested for an
introductory writing project. Need more be said?
a culture of celebrity, as epitomized in the United States and
exemplified by the “first” world, evidence is perceived by the
masses as secondary to authority. If Lady Gaga says something,
regardless how obviously ridiculous the statement, then it must be
“true.” As a renowned public figure, Lady Gaga is somehow viewed
as a credible source, regardless of the topic. She can sing. She can
She must know more about politics and science than the
I suspect she does. She’s literate, after all.
attacked, insulted, libeled, and slandered every day because I
present evidence people don’t want to accept. The evidence is
not questioned because it is unimpeachable. There is no credible
critique of my work. Every aspect of my personal life, no matter how
irrelevant, is dragged into the conversation. It’s the opposite of
the Lady Gaga phenomenon.
My classrooms at the University of Arizona were under
surveillance by the United States government no later than 1996. I’ve
been labeled an anarchist and eco-terrorist by senior members of the
Obama administration because I modeled and taught anarchism in my
walk my talk. When evidence indicated collapse of civilization would
allow our species and others a longer run on Earth, I voluntarily
walked away from my high-pay, low-work position as a revered
professor at a major university. I created an off-grid homestead and
transformed myself from an ignorant city dweller to a multi-talented
grower, builder, and communicator. The principled
move from Tucson, Arizona to the wilds of New Mexico cost me
Whether it was “worth it” no longer matters. It’s done.
a single paper through the publication process requires talent and
persistence. Essentially none of my critics have accomplished this
task. Collating and synthesizing evidence in the form of a book is
beyond even most academics, especially in the natural sciences. My
scholarly efforts have produced more than a dozen books.
previously in this space,
few people accuse their oncologist of profiting after she issues a
fatal diagnosis. Once the patient recovers from the shock, he
sometimes thanks the honest doctor. And if said medical doctor
misunderstands the evidence and offers an incorrect, hopeful
diagnosis, then filing a legal claim of malpractice is warranted.
Indeed, it’s expected in the United States, the most litigious
society in the history of the planet.
pursue and promote the truth, based upon evidence. The evidence comes
primarily, and almost exclusively, from the very conservative
refereed journal literature. I’m not referring
a notion rooted in the naively postmodern palaver that we each have
our own truth, and that each version of the truth is equally valid.
Nor am I referring to the evidence-free religious concept of Truth
rooted in patriarchy.
detractors include unscientific people afraid to face evidence,
lovers of the omnicidal heat engine known as civilization, and others
who lack the credentials necessary to collate and organize relevant
evidence. Few people turn to their plumber for advice about cancer.
Yet many people seek and believe diagnoses about climate change from
wholly unqualified sources.
routinely accused of horrible intentions and terrible acts. There is
no supporting evidence. None is needed when the hate is spewed online
from a culture dominated by willfully ignorant, small-minded people
with questionable intelligence writing for an audience with similar
talents. I won’t even venture into the topic of trolls paid to deny
reality and promote disaster capitalism at every cost.
work relies upon evidence. It is rooted in reason. I am a
rationalist. Contrary to the cries from my critics, ever eager to
attack the messenger rather than evaluate the message, I am not
mentally ill. The entire culture is insane. The inmates, who are
operating the asylum, believe they are the sane ones.
been deemed insane since voluntarily leaving my high-pay, low-work
position at a major research university. Taking action based on
principle, rather than money, seems crazy to people afflicted with a
bad case of the dominant paradigm.
contrast to my critics, I do not benefit from my work in any way. It
has cost me thousands of dollars for every dollar I’ve received in
return. It has cost me the ability to do what I love. It has cost me
everybody I loved from my former life.I
am motivated by evidence, as I wrote more than two years ago.
In presenting the results, in simple language, I make the evidence
accessible to the public.
not ignorant enough to believe my detractors will pull in their
talons. I’m not sufficiently deluded to believe the attacks will
cease. I’m under no impression that reason will prevail before the
last human on Earth takes her last breath. The grip of patriarchy is
strong. There is no escape at a scale that matters. The only way out