Annan here commented on Crick's Rickman Godlee Lecture, "The Social Impact of Biology," delivered at University College London on October 24, 1968. In his lecture Crick had raised ethical and political issues brought to the forefront by recent advances in science and medicine. Among other things, he had dismissed present laws regarding the use of cannabis as illogical, unnecessarily restrictive, and therefore prone to bring law itself into public contempt. He had also called for new approaches to controlling population growth, including restrictions on the right to reproduce.
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