Awhile back Micheal Crichton posted the transcripts of a few speeches he made, and then subsequently took them down until his latest book had been published. That book is now out, and the speeches are back. They are all great reads; I particularly like this one. Excerpt:
With so many past failures, you might think that environmental predictions would become more cautious. But not if it’s a religion. Remember, the nut on the sidewalk carrying the placard that predicts the end of the world doesn’t quit when the world doesn’t end on the day he expects. He just changes his placard, sets a new doomsday date, and goes back to walking the streets. One of the defining features of religion is that your beliefs are not troubled by facts, because they have nothing to do with facts.