I loved it.

by ian
(leominster massachusetts)

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton

Twister was a very intense movie. Iv'e watched it many many times. I would recommend it to people who havnt seen it. Great movie!

Barry's Response Thank you, Ian. I enjoyed it, for sure. It had that Speilberg/Crichton charm. They've done it before and can do it again.

I'd like to see a movie version of State of Fear. As an appendix to State of Fear, Michael Crichton wrote one of his best things.

It sets out how policy created and enacted based on fearful conjecture can result in disaster. Our ancestors held onto eugenics until the Nazis took it to extremes during WWII. A long list of politicians, universities, and other influential people supported him at the time. Many died; few naysayers.

In eugenics, people believed that society's genetic composition would be compromised as a result of eugenics. There are substandard humans, and they shouldn't breed. It's all speculation. They thought foreigners were a disease to humanity. Large numbers of them weren't allowed to breed. Sterilization is the control mechanism of choice. Gas chambers, too.

Nobody seems to remember this campaign after the war, or at least remembers supporting it. Why would they do that? It wasn't backed by science. In its glory, eugenics was the biggest thing ever. In Russia, another example of this type of movement led to policy changes and human deaths.

Now What

This type of movement has grown up again in the 2000s. Universities, celebrities, legislators, and other supporters are there, and critical supporters are suppressed. At best, the science is sketchy. Crichton notes that retired academics, the ones with no personal stake the matter, have voiced the greatest amount of criticism of global warming.

Mixing science with policy can lead to destructive results. Read his full text here: https://msu.edu/course/lbs/332/bellon/R0124b.pdf

And the Wikipedia page on eugenics at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

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"Twister" is popular with people who like action-packed, disaster movies.

It's usually about thrilling visuals, suspenseful storytelling, and extreme weather. They love the adrenaline rush and excitement such movies provide. Also, they might like popcorn movies or meteorology.

While those who hate a movie like "Twister" might be more critical of its scientific inaccuracies or find the plot too formulaic. There are some people who prefer character-driven stories or genres that explore deeper themes. Additionally, they might find the over-the-top action and CGI effects unrealistic.

You'll love 'Twister' if you're into high-octane action and don't care about the science. Like a rock concert, it's pure entertainment. If you're a stickler for accuracy and deep storytelling, you might hate it. Tornadoes don't work like that, and the characters are kind of one-dimensional. So it's all about what floats your boat!

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