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## The trolley problem (Ethical Decision)

Started by Cypher, September 22, 2010, 07:44:49 AM

### Would you flip the switch?

Yes! I would flip the switch and kill 1, but save 5!
No! I would do nothing and let 5 people die, but 1 live.

#### Cypher

Note: Some of you may be familiar with this ethical problem, some not. Anyway, (I don't mean to rude) but I will decide where this will go, for after we have discussed this version of the trolley problem, I'd like to make a few variations to it, and see if your opinions differ.

The Trolley Problem

There is a train track, which splits into 2 tracks at a certain point. On one of the train tracks, 5 people are tied down to the track. On the other, only 1 is tied down. A loose trolley is hurtling down the tracks, and cannot be stopped. Fortunately, you happen to be standing by a lever, a lever the can't change and decide which track the trolley will go on to. Currently, it will go to the one with 5 people, but if you pull the lever, you can change the course and make the trolley go to the track with 1 person. What would you do, and why?

#### Zackirus

I would flip the switch, you save more lives that way. I mean yes I would try everything I could to save that one man but I would still flip the switch.

[spoiler]I can't wait to see what you are going to change this into...[/spoiler]
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#### bugfartboy

I'm with Zack but I wouldn't like it. I hate death. Someone tried to poison the classroom snails in General Science today. Poor wittle snails. :( I would try to save the one if I could as well as the five.

#### The Holy namelesskitty

I couldn't I couldn't do anything to kill one person even if doing nothing kills five, I couldn't look at someone who was going to live and say "I'm sorry but I'm gonna kill you, it's for the greater good"
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#### bugfartboy

Question!!! Why would 6 people be tied to the track in the first place?

#### ArtDrake

I say, five people shouldn't have angered the mafia by not paying loans, and the one should have made a better martini. I'm not altering the scenario and having death on my hands.

#### ArtDrake

Wait a sec; is the one person our personal equivalent of Mary Jane Watson? 'Cause if I don't know the five, I'm DEFINITELY choosing the one.

#### MikeW781

I would flip it. Its cold, but think of the familes of the people tied up- I'd rather one family hear that their family member died to saved five other people. Also, this does assume we don't know them. Just to clarify for people who were asking
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#### ArtDrake

I was only askin' on account of the fact that the guy in the pic looks like Spidey.

#### Cypher

Ok then. Now, imagine the same scenario, just that the 'one' is somebody you love (mother/father/girlfriend/etc). Would you save the five or the one you love?
:-* Hard decision :-*

#### The Holy namelesskitty

kill the five, I can't flip the switch and live with myself in the first place so this just makes it weigh less on my conscience easy decision
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#### ArtDrake

The one. Ditto to Holy.

#### Dorgon 5000

I switch the lever.