What would you do if you came across a dying man - stop to help or walk away?
This is the chilling question raised by an article in the Guardian in 2005. A report by the government related to this murder (not conected with this theory, I should add) reminded me of this amazingly interesting article and theory.
The theory, basically, says that if you are in the situation where someone needs help, it can be worse when there are many people in the vacinity than few as in a crowd everyone could potentially assume that everyone else will help. It's really got me thinking... especially last week when I saw a car on fire on the motorway and rang 999. This was stuck in my head. Surely someone else would ring? It turned out that they had, but without this theory I might have decided, along with others, just to be another bystander.