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  • “Dyson agrees with the prevailing view that there are rapidly rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere caused by human activity. To the planet, he suggests, the rising carbon may well be a MacGuffin, a striking yet ultimately benign occurrence in what Dyson says is still ‘a relatively cool period in the earth’s history.’�?

    The New York Times, The Civil Heretic, by Nicholas Dawidoff, March 25, 2009

    March 26, 2009

  • "Two men are in a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh that's a McGuffin.' The first one asks 'What's a McGuffin?' 'Well' the other man says, 'It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.' The first man says, 'But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,' and the other one answers 'Well, then that's no McGuffin!' " -- Alfred Hitchcock

    March 16, 2008

  • Good description on TVTropes.

    October 24, 2007