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1 Would you kill someone to save others? on Thu 03 Jun 2010, 7:08 pm

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You are on a runaway rail car and the brakes have failed. You assess the path in front of you and realize you are going to run over a group of ten people. There is no warning horn and they will not be able to hear you. However, you realize that there is another railway to switch to but there is a man stuck on the track. If you are to switch the rail car to the alternate track, the stuck man will certainly be killed. Conversely, if you choose to not move the rail car on the alternative track, the ten people will certainly be killed.

The rules here are that you have to choose between deliberately killing the stuck man or doing nothing in which case the ten men will die. You cannot pick some alternative solution such as jumping off the rail car or killing yourself. Don't debate whether the ten people or the one man are good or bad people, or whether you know any of the people personally. You know nothing about any of them except that they are on the track.

So the question is do you kill the one stuck man in order to save ten? He is but one and the ten are many. However, if you were not present on the rail car, the ten men would die anyway. You have the power to choose who lives and who dies. The ten men are already in the path. Should they be the ones to die? Who are you to choose the fate of either choice?

Do you use your free will to deliberately kill the man who would have remained alive, or do you decide you cannot take such a responsibility, and just let fate happen.

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2 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Fri 04 Jun 2010, 2:23 pm

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First off, why wouldn't you phone in and call for help or something?

I would have to kill the one man to save the ten people, if he knew why he had to die he probably would be happy to save lives.

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3 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 11:20 am

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I agree with Wolfy.



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4 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Fri 18 Jun 2010, 3:30 am

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Given the circumstances and options, I guess by being cold headed I'd have to seek the less damaging situation, and that's be switching.

but knowing myself I wouldn't do nothing and would hope some could see me and the group could move, after all they are not stuck and part of me see horrible to change track to kill him when I can already see he has no chance to be saved because he is stuck.

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5 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Fri 18 Jun 2010, 5:20 pm

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Kaynil, that gives me an idea... Wouldn't the ten people be aware that they are standing on a railroad track, and wouldn't they feel the ground rumble and hear the engine and look and see- oh, a train! then move off the track. I mean, it's hard to ignore a train bearing down on you.

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6 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Mon 05 Jul 2010, 8:49 am

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such a hard choice.

I'll choose the least casualties can be, so I'll switch and "kill" the man. it's hard, but it's better than killing ten persons at once. each of them might have a family and dreams to fulfill.. but that's life. ^^

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7 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Mon 05 Jul 2010, 1:17 pm

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wow thats a good answer, im with you >>

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8 Re: Would you kill someone to save others? on Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:14 am

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Although I normally prefer to let fate happen, in this case I would rather kill one then 10. Simply because peoples lives are at stake and why not save as many as possible?

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