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Academy of Science responds to critics

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2006 12:00 am

AUSTIN — The Texas Academy of Science board of directors maintained steadfast resolve Tuesday, standing by its decision to honor University of Texas professor Eric Pianka as the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.

Pianka became the subject of national discussion following a pair of recent lectures in which he claimed “the world will be a much better place when there’s only 10 percent of us left” — referencing a disease pandemic he says will soon decimate the human race.

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