May 20, 2015

Nature. Com

I enjoyed your article Polls Apart NATURE vol. 521 no. 7551 May 14, 2015 page 126.  Indeed research courage, or lack thereof, is a real thing.  Cassandra was cursed with knowing the truth but nobody would believe it.  It is worse to know the truth and lack the courage to speak.  I have collected a lot of material ( indicating that infertility in an urban setting or in any social group more than a very few hundred is an existential threat.  I even was involved in a paper (Fluctuation of fertility with number in a real insect population and a virtual population M.L. Herbert  & M.G. Lewis African Entomology 21(1): 119–125 (2013)) showing that the effect is real in fruit flies although of course the numbers are different.  This now threatens the whole world.  I don’t mind looking like a fool, but few indeed of the hundreds I have reached out to dare even reply.  So far as I can tell they wet themselves and run away squealing.  Here is to the hope that courage returns to science.  We had it once, unless that was all myth. 


M. Linton Herbert MD

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