Paul R. Ehrlich Quote

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

Paul R. Ehrlich

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

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About Paul R. Ehrlich

Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932) is an American biologist best known for his pessimistic and inaccurate predictions and warnings about the consequences of population growth and limited resources.Ehrlich became well known for the controversial 1968 book The Population Bomb which he co-authored with his wife Anne H. Ehrlich, in which they famously—and erroneously—stated that "[i]n the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." Among the solutions suggested in that book was population control, including "various forms of coercion" such as eliminating "tax benefits for having additional children," to be used if voluntary methods were to fail, as well as letting "hopeless" countries like India starve to death.Scholars, journalists and public intellectuals have mixed views on Ehrlich's assertions on the dangers of expanding human populations. While Paul A. Murtaugh, associate professor of statistics at Oregon State University, says that Ehrlich was largely correct, Ehrlich has been criticized for his approach and views, both for their pessimistic outlook and, later on, for the repeated failure of his predictions to come true. For example, in response to Ehrlich's assertion that all major marine wildlife would die by 1980, Ronald Bailey termed Ehrlich an "irrepressible doomster". Ehrlich has acknowledged that "some" of what he predicted has not occurred, but nevertheless maintains that his predictions about disease and climate change were essentially correct and that human overpopulation is a major problem. Whereas American journalist Jonathan V. Last has called The Population Bomb "one of the most spectacularly foolish books ever published", journalist Fred Pearce argues that overconsumption is the real problem.Ehrlich is the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies of the Department of Biology of Stanford University and President of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology.