What the heck else is he doing?
Take the current column about rhino horns. There’s a lot of good info there, some of it new to me (like rhino horn is not really that popular for an aphrodisiac). He could have popped in to this thread (for example) and made a valuable contribution. But noooo, the worlds smartest human with all this knowledge at his fingertips just sits back and watches us wallow in our ignorance.
My guess is that he’s gotten lazy. I’ve been following his syndicated columns from the days of clay tablets. Back when he had to actually make calls and visit the library… you know, work for a living. But with the advent of the internet, answers are usually just a click away. And when they’re not he usually delegates these “difficult” tasks of actual research to (the more than likely indentured - and no doubt star-struck ) Una Persson.
I picture him lounging on the Riviera, awash with all the proceeds from his books getting fat and lazy. Flush with success he probably just calls in his columns these days letting the ‘teeming masses’ and the ‘minions and underlings’ carry his banner. As Carl once put it, “How about a little something, you know, for the effort?”