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President Obamas top science adviser said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child will ultimately develop into a human being if he or she is properly fed and socialized.
The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.
Holdren co-authored the book with Stanford professors Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. The book was published by W.H. Freeman and Company.
At the time Human Ecology was published, Holdren was a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Paul Ehrlich, currently president of The Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, is also author of the 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, a book the Washington Post said launched the popular movement for zero population growth.
Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions argued that the human race faced dire consequences unless human population growth was stopped.
Human values and institutions have set mankind on a collision course with the laws of nature, wrote the Ehrlichs and Holdren. Human beings cling jealously to their prerogative to reproduce as they pleaseand they please to make each new generation larger than the lastyet endless multiplication on a finite planet is impossible. Most humans aspire to greater material prosperity, but the number of people that can be supported on Earth if everyone is rich is even smaller than if everyone is poor.
The specific passage expressing the authors view that a baby will ultimately develop into a human being is on page 235 in chapter 8 of the book, which is titled Population Limitation. . . .