14 Dec '11, 6pm

The doctor and the life coach: A question for Andy Revkin

The doctor and the life coach: A question for Andy Revkin

I'm working on one last follow-up to my brutal-logic posts, but lemme just take a time-out to ask a question of my friend, NYT journo-blogger Andy Revkin , who seems to have thrown his lot in with Bjorn Lomborg and decided that talking about greenhouse-gas emissions is a drag. First, to frame things, a thought experiment: Say you are morbidly obese -- you weigh 350 pounds. You go see a doctor and she gives you some blunt, upsetting news: Unless you lose 100 pounds within a year, you're likely to develop a variety of life-threatening complications. It's impossible to predict these things with precision, she tells you, but based on the best current health science, your chances of dying within the year are quite high and getting higher every day. And even if you don't die, you're likely to live the rest of your life in suffering. Just to be sure, you check with a few more doc...

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