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One short leap for man..

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6955.677 (Published 10 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:677
  1. J Guillebaud

    I was reminded of an ethically suspect animal experiment by this riveting programme covering the United Nation's Cairo Conference on Population Development: if a frog is dropped into boiling water in a frying pan it will leap out unharmed, but if placed in cold water that is gradually heated to the same final temperature the frog will die where it is. Humanity also reacts more effectively to dangers that are sudden than to equivalent dangers produced gradually by adverse trends. The increase in human numbers is three every second - or a jumbo jet arriving every two minutes. Although this growth adds to increasing consumption and pollution and leads to progressive destruction of habitats for all other species; although it swamps development efforts and exacerbates, as in Rwanda, the tensions that lead to human conflict: to most …

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