Saturday, August 31, 2002

 
I came across the following story about the late economist Julian Simon in a recent NRO article:

He was at some environmental forum, and he said, “How many people here believe that the earth is increasingly polluted and that our natural resources are being exhausted?” Naturally, every hand shot up. He said, “Is there any evidence that could dissuade you?” Nothing. Again: “Is there any evidence I could give you — anything at all — that would lead you to reconsider these assumptions?” Not a stir. Simon then said, “Well, excuse me, I’m not dressed for church.”

What a great line!! Talk about laying bare their presuppositions...I will definitely be filing away Simon's line for future use.

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