Author, TV/movie producer, director, adventurer, and all around polymath Michael Crichton died of lymphoma in 2008. But he left a large legacy of work in print and on the screen that will outlive the man for many decades.
While he lived and worked, Crichton helped to inject a steady dose of intelligence and integrity into the public entertainment sphere. He also gave speeches, interviews, and congressional testimony in the attempt to counteract the steady diet of fear being fed to to the general population by media, government, academics, and foundations/nonprofits.
If you haven’t seen Crichton’s speech below about the perpetual panic-mongering of our media-academic-political axis of terror, you owe it to yourself to watch it.
In the video, Crichton displays all the respect for our elite cultural institutions that they deserve: zero. Michael Crichton represents something that our elite overlords want to drive to extinction: the exceptional man whose clear analytical thinking exposes the vapid foolishness of our dominant cultural institutions for any thoughtful person to see.
Not everyone can present complex information in such a clear way. And not everyone is courageous enough to contradict the “official talking points of the overlords.” They want to control us through our fears. But that only works if we have no grounding in scientific and quantitative thought — and if we have no historical perspective. Crichton is having none of it.
You may want to download the video before YouTube makes it disappear, in true Orwellian style.
Michael Crichton succeeded in Hollywood, where his personal brilliance and integrity made a stark contrast to that stark moral landscape more famous for its drug use, large scale sexual and personal abuse of all kinds, and a general degeneracy that is not likely to get better soon.
The world misses every sane voice that goes silent — there are so few of them.
From the official MichaelCrichton.com website:
CRICHTON, (John) Michael. American. Born in Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 1942. Died in Los Angeles, November 4, 2008. Educated at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B. (summa cum laude) 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa). Henry Russell Shaw Travelling Fellow, 1964-65. Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Cambridge University, England, 1965. Graduated Harvard Medical School, M.D. 1969; post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, La Jolla, California 1969-1970. Visiting Writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.
Awards: Recipient of Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1968 (“A Case of Need”, written under pseudonym Jeffery Hudson); and 1980 (“The Great Train Robbery”). Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970 (“Five Patients”); Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award, 1995 (“for pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting and scheduling”); George Foster Peabody Award (for “ER”); Writer’s Guild of America Award, Best Long Form Television Script of 1995 (for “ER”) Emmy, Best Dramatic Series, 1996 (for “ER”). Ankylosaur named Crichtonsaurus bohlini, 2002.
Associations: Member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Author’s Guild, Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, P.E.N. America Center, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa. Board of Directors, International Design Conference at Aspen, 1985-91; Board of Trustees, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, 1986-91. Board of Overseers, Harvard University, 1990-96. Board of Directors, Drug Strategies, 1994-, Author’s Guild Council, 1995-, Board of Directors, Gorilla Foundation, 2002-, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006-
References: Contemporary Authors, 1971-; Who’s Who in America, 1974-; Current Biography, April 1976; Film Encyclopedia, 1979-;
International Motion Picture Almanac, 1996; International Television & Video Almanac, 1996.