X-Message-Number: 5990
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 07:36:36 -0800 (PST)
From: Joseph Strout <>
Subject: Lifeboats & Lemmings

Several people lately have mentioned the lifeboat analogy.  It's a good 
one, but I have a more colorful one which I prefer.  In fact, it's on the 
wall next to my desk: a Gary Larson "Far Side" poster which depicts a 
horde of lemmings running wide-eyed into the sea.  But one lemming in the 
picture, also running to the sea, wears a life preserver and a small 
smile.  Sure, he may eventually drown anyway, but he's got a much better 
chance than all the other lemmings who refuse to take any precautions.

As far as I can tell, that cartoon is about cryonics.  Maybe Mr. Larson 
had no such intent, but well, art is what you see in it...

|    Joseph J. Strout           Department of Neuroscience, UCSD   |
|               http://www-acs.ucsd.edu/~jstrout/  |

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