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  • #1 - flick the switch - why?

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    its very interesting to consider actually cause what i would do is not the same as what i would say i think someone else should do if they were in the circumstance and not i, which suprises me.

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    for anyone who was interested

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem

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    I am not that quick thinking in an emergency situation so I choose nothing :P

    Interestingly, the US used these types of scenarios in order to justify the illegal torture of people in various places

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    [QUOTE=FiveInTheBed;6481303The "famous violinist" thought experiment asks a person to consider the ethics of a scenario where they wake to find themselves in a hospital serving as life support to a famous violinist. The person is asked to consider that they were not consulted prior to this arrangement, but that if they detach from the violinist he will die. , "If you stay in the hospital bed, connected to the violinist, he will be totally cured in nine months. You are unlikely to suffer harm. No one else can save him. Do you have an obligation to stay connected?"
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    I don't think I would. That makes me think of abortion really.

    So what if they can play an instrument and be famous? I don't believe that it's my duty to lay around as a "host" for some famous person so they don't die. I could go donate a spare kidney to someone too to save their life, but I don't because I don't want to.

    If the "famous violinist," was someone I knew and cared for, it'd be different, but i don't feel any obligation to some random... not so much that I would just act as some sort of life-support device for 9 months anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    That makes me think of abortion really.
    Yeah, I think that is what it is supposed to be.

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    I just asked my DH and he said it would be hard, and he would simplify it to the needs of many outweigh the needs of a few, and life conservation is more valuable, so he would save 5 lives over 1.

    I asked him if it was his mother, and his answer was the same.

    I asked if it was me or DD, and he said he would sacrifice more than 5 lives for us.

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    I'd flick the switch. I wouldn't push the fat man (I'd like to think that I'd jump) and the famous violinist can bite me.

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    I would stay connected to the violinist.

    He may think his life might be worth more than mine, but who am I to say mine is worth more than his?

    9 months is a PITA yes, but I would do it knowing I've saved a life - regardless of their status in society.

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    To clarify my violin answer - i wouldn't stay out of obligation or because he was a violinist (couldn't care less) i'd stay because i wouldn't mind, to me it is not much sacrifice to save a life - it would be a choice. If i realised 2 weeks in that i couldn't actually do it i would unhook.
    If i was the famous violinist i would not expect anyone to stay hooked up to me against their will. So on that train of thought i would feel okay unhooking myself should i feel like it.
    Now that i see the abortion connection i am a bit surprised by my answer.

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    The violinist one was easy for me, i'd absolutely stay connected.Lying in bed for 9 months out of my whole life to save another persons life, ofcourse. I wouldnt care if he was a violinist or a bin man.


 

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