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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

On your morning walk, you see a trolley car hurtling down the track, the conductor slumped over the controls. In the path of the trolley are five men working on the track, oblivious to the danger. You are standing at a fork in the track and can pull a lever that will divert the trolley onto a spur, saving the five men. Unfortunately, the trolley would then run over a single worker who is laboring on the spur. Is it permissible to throw the switch, killing one man to save five?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

"HEY GET THE FUCK OFF THE TRACK!"
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Naw, let it crash- then put a bullet through the face of the one survivor. Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Yeah I'd throw the switch. I have no problem with making a sacrifice for the greater good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

White Rabbit wrote:
"HEY GET THE FUCK OFF THE TRACK!"

You made me LOL

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

how about jump on said trolly and stand on the brakes????
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Listen you rednecks, there are only 2 options - you let it run over 5 or you make it run over 1. Rolling Eyes

It doesn't ask how to stop the trolley or move the people. Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:59 am    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Make it run over the 1.

1 dead is better than 5 dead by 4 people. (I did that in my head and with my mittens on!)


Same scenario, but between saving Charo, or the president.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:34 am    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

What's the one guy's name? I mean, do I know him? Do I know the five guys? What the fuck is a trolley doing in Republic anyway? Is there any chance I could sue the parent company for putting me in so much mental anguish? If the trolley is going slow enough that I could immediately become aware of the repercussions of either action, then why don't I have time to formulate another plan? In all groups of five guys doing heavy manual labor, there's usually just one standing around, doing nothing. How come he can't tell his co-workers to get off the track? If he's not there, where the hell is he? Did he call in sick? I'm pretty sure it's a union requirement that he be there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

That is the "OTHER 1" he is suposed to be watching his buds backs so let the trolly run over him for not being where he is suposed to be his name is Dan he is 6"6 and overweight he smokes to much drinks to much and had killed baby kittens let him die
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

I'd let it go... if 5 people are too dumb to get out of the way of the same trolley then they probably should have died a long time ago
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Let things play out. I don't know these dirt-bags. Prolly get sued by the dead guys family if you throw the switch.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

slow_walker wrote:
On your morning walk, you see a trolley car hurtling down the track, the conductor slumped over the controls. In the path of the trolley are five men working on the track, oblivious to the danger. You are standing at a fork in the track and can pull a lever that will divert the trolley onto a spur, saving the five men. Unfortunately, the trolley would then run over a single worker who is laboring on the spur.


If you would throw the switch, turn to page 54.

If you would not throw the switch, turn to page 17.


Choose Your Own Adventure...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

Consider now a different scene. You are on a bridge overlooking the tracks and have spotted the runaway trolley bearing down on the five workers. Now the only way to stop the trolley is to throw a heavy object in its path. And the only heavy object within reach is a fat man standing next to you. Should you throw the man off the bridge?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Trolley Problem Reply with quote

slow_walker wrote:
Consider now a different scene. You are on a bridge overlooking the tracks and have spotted the runaway trolley bearing down on the five workers. Now the only way to stop the trolley is to throw a heavy object in its path. And the only heavy object within reach is a fat man standing next to you. Should you throw the man off the bridge?


SHOULD you? yes...
WILL you? Depends on if you can lift aforementioned fat man

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