March 21, 2007

Boiling Frogs

In “An Inconvenient Truth” Al Gore mentions that a frog placed in boiling water would jump out, however, a frog that was placed in water and then gradually heated to a boil would not jump out. It would boil and die in the water.

This morning, I decided to find out. Currently, it is too cold to catch frogs from our pond, so I was unable to actually perform the experiment. Therefore, I looked into the advice of the experts and here is what I came up with.

The consensus is that a frog would indeed jump out of boiling water as well as jump out of water that got too hot for it!

It is an amusing story, but we must not be optimistic or pessimistic, just face the reality.

It is funny to hear these scientists talk about how bad Global Warming is and will be and then read other information about evolution and how the species adapt to their surroundings. If evolution is correct and species can adapt to their surrounds, then Global Warming should be a non-event.

Waiting to see palm trees at Doe Valley!

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