231. PEOPLE ARE STUPID
It's funny. On the surface, peak oil seems to be all about hard physical facts, graphs and numbers. You know, sciency stuff like this:
That's the image the peak oilers try to cultivate. We're the guys in white lab coats, with calculators. But in arguing with peak oil doomers, I've increasingly come to the conclusion that, at bottom, their argument is simply: people are stupid. Which is not really scientific at all. It's not about the rational reasons why peak oil will be a disaster; it's about the irrational reasons why peak oil will be a disaster.
I wish they would be more upfront about it. Savinar should skip all the false pandering to science, and just lead in with:
"Screw all the stupid data. People are inherently, pathetically stupid. That's the main reason why peak oil is going to be a disaster."
Maybe he could emphasize the basic argument better with some images like these:
-- by JD