encyclopedia titanica

Almost 100 years after the Titanic and the Lusitania sank in the North Atlantic the contrasting fates of their passengers have helped to explain how altruism can take over from the selfish instinct to save oneself A scientific comparison of the two maritime disasters which together claimed more than 2700 lives just three years apart has suggested that selfpreservation can be trumped by social pressure to stand back while others are rescued but only when people have sufficient time to think