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Would You Kill The Big Guy?
A train is hurtling down a railway line. It's out of control and the brakes have failed. Ahead, five people are tied to the track and apparently face certain death. You, however, are standing by the rails and have a chance to save them.
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Situation 1: There is a junction on the line in front of you leading down a branch line. If you pull a lever you can divert the train from the main line and instead onto this branch line where there is only one man. If you take this branch line this man will die. Do you pull the lever?
- Pull The Lever - 33 votes
- Don't Pull The Lever - 11 votes
Situation 2: Same train and workers. This time you are on a bridge over the line. The train could be stopped by a heavy object thrown in front of it. Beside you there is a Fat Man - if you pushed him over the bridge and into the line his body would stop the train. Would you push the Fat Man to his death to save the five works?
- Don't Push The Fat Man - 31 votes
- Push The Fat Man - 16 votes
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This answer is serious, I wouldn't do either for that reason. To intervene would be murder, not to intervene would be manslaughter at most.
Usually when people are confronted with this choice they pull the lever and don't push the fat man.
One reason cited is that in once instance you're using a tool and the other you're using your muscles. The latter makes it more "real" apparently.
This is interesting from both a legal and humanitarian perspective. One doesn't combine with the other? Legally you would be better off saving the majority against the minority and in the circumstances be excused for the result.
However from the humane perspective and as I said earlier what if that one person be it the single guy or the fat man (carry on spying - 'the fat man!') what if he was a scientist on the verge of curing a disease, which the discovery off is now prolonged thus resulting in many deaths? Or one of the 5 saved goes on in the future to murder your family, would you regret saving them?
I still can't answer it as I wouldn't want anyone's blood on my hands. It is different if we were the train driver as there would be no chose and one would choose the greater number of lives than the lesser few. I think I would have to suffer the punishment of manslaughter for being present during this terrible circumstance.
Interesting answers though to an interesting scenario.
Also, I doubt a fat man would stop a train... he would more likely go splash over the windscreen giving the driver a heart attack and killing him AND the train still going over the 5 on the tracks lol