Boiling Frog Experiment

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We are all familiar with the parable of the ‘boiling frog’—an anecdote which is used to teach human beings how to learn to respond to gradual dangers just like in the case of a sudden threat, and not be like frogs who do not know how to recognize steady risks. This video is the literal version of the tale; a frog is actually taken and boiled ‘almost’ to its death. The video starts with the description and scientific distinction of frogs and human beings. We are told that frogs are cold blooded animals, which is why their body temperature goes up and down according to the outside temperature, unlike human beings. A frog is held on the top of a saucepan with boiling water in it, he refrains from jumping into the water, scared for its life. But when the same frog is put into a saucepan with room temperature water in it, he feels comfortable enough to sit in it. The burner of the stove is turned on low flame, which gradually raises the temperature of water. This does not feel like a threat to the frog because his temperature is also steadily rising with water’s temperature. Without realizing the danger it is in, the frog keeps getting boiled with the water. Towards the end of the video, the water is boiling feverishly but the frog is still trying to adjust with it, which proves that frogs do not have a survival instinct towards gradual changes in their environment.

The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.


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