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I’ve just come across this and, frankly, my first reaction was to burst out laughing.


Not, I hasten to add, because I think it’s funny in and of itself. And the article itself is very calm and cogent about things. It’s simply that the headline reads somewhat like an old, retro doomsday prediction.

And no, I’m not a denier. I’m not even a skeptic (although I would definitely say I’m a pragmatist). To be honest, it’s not something I feel that I am nearly well-informed about to comment on.

Happily, a number of other people are doing very fine jobs of commenting on the issue: Hot Topic is a great example, and the Science Media Centre tracks what’s happening in the coverage.