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Hard Question, Would you kill an innocent child to cure mankind of all disease?
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QUOTE(alchemist349 @ Jan 5 2005, 08:20 PM)
No,but i'm watching my ass.I 'm only 12.

You'd better with all these utilitarians around laugh.gif


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QUOTE(arche @ Jan 5 2005, 06:32 PM)
You'd better with all these utilitarians around  laugh.gif

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Yes, who knows what they're capable of . . .


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They might come after the old folks

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We're capable of a REVOLT (JK™)

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Here's a hard question for you?

Do you save your child or your spouse/significant other if only one of the two can be saved.

In this case all things are equal - it takes the same amount of time to save either one and there is no possibility of saving both. Let's say it's from a burning building to give it context. Also you have no physical limitations on being able to save either one, so each one is as easy/difficult to save. You are also guaranteed to be able to save only one if you try, but you can also save neither with inaction.


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Deontology gets all screwy with mankind. Thank god there are natural causes.


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Errrr.... I suck at questions like these.... I suppose. Well how old is my child. My wife. I suppose. Because she is my spouse. I don't think I could learn to love anyone as much as the person I will marry. I know, it sounds terrible that I left my child for dead. Why must you torment me with such questions?


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Most of it depends on if there's moral objectivity. That's a hard issue to deal with also, but I typically appeal to theology on that one as my cop out answer.


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Killing children is an inevitable part of life.

Er... wait...


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Hmm, hard indeed. We could turn this into an ethical dilemma thread. biggrin.gif

I'd choose to save my significant other. There must be a reason why I married him, right? And it'll be quite hard to find another I would love in that way, and if he survives, we can always have more children.

It's similar to this one question where if you have to choose to save your mother or your significant other. In that scenario, I would've chosen my mother, because I can only have one biological mother, whereas I can always choose to have another husband.

Of course, in both cases, it depends on the level of attachment you have to each person, I suppose. Correct me if I'm wrong.


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YOu see, for me it's my daughter I would save I believe. Either that or I'd lose both due to inactivity (shock).

A child is very attaching, so it's hard to rationalize that you can always have another. In the same way you can still love another (it happens all the time).


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That's true. I still cannot completely comprehend that aspect of the solution though, as I've never had any children of my own.


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I hate vague questions.

I wish I could kill people for asking them.


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I agree. The level of attachment is definitely what I would base my actions on in an instant dilemma. I think I might save my child though because a grown woman can escape easier than a child.


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QUOTE(arche @ Jan 5 2005, 05:41 PM)
Here's a hard question for you?

Do you save your child or your spouse/significant other if only one of the two can be saved.

In this case all things are equal - it takes the same amount of time to save either one and there is no possibility of saving both. Let's say it's from a burning building to give it context. Also you have no physical limitations on being able to save either one, so each one is as easy/difficult to save. You are also guaranteed to be able to save only one if you try, but you can also save neither with inaction.

You also can consider their abilities to benifit mankind, the one with the most to offer should be saved. Using the burning house cliche, a priest and women are trapped. Considering their abilities in relation to benifiting mankind, the priest ought to be saved. Then other issues come into play, who actually has the authority to decide and deem another dead, if the priest, still a human being is better than the women who might be considered more holy, et cetera. But then again, should the means or the end, or both be taken into consideration.

One World By Peter Singer is a excellent book for this.


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