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Hypothetical Questions
Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
At school, our teacher always give us hypothetical questions. Some are so hard to answer, it's not funny. It also tells everyone what our values are...
Here are a few of them, please answer them. I want to know what everyone else thinks:

1. You are on a train with 40 people on it. The train driver suddenly has a heart attack. You have control of the train. Apart from the fact that you don't know how to slower it down. So the train is going out of control, when it reaches a fork road. One path takes you straight towards a hill, which will slow you down and save the 40 passengers. But when taking this path, your mother is in a car and she doesn't see the train coming. So if you take this path, your mother will get hit and die. The second path takes you to a very steep hill. The train will go very fast and smash, killing all 40 passengers, but you somehow survive.
Which path would you take?

a) Path One
b) Path Two

2. There is a murderer. He has tied your best friend up. Not only that, but he was a gun pointing directly at your best friends head. Now, you are hidden, so the murderer can't see you, and you are also carrying a gun. But you have a poisonous spider directly above your head. You can either shoot the murderer, but scare the poisonous spider while your at it. The spider will inject poison into and you'll die. If you try and squash it, it will burst out acid and burn your hand of and die XD. But you can also leave your best friend to die while you run to safety.
Which choice will you make?

a) Shoot the murderer and die from the spider poison
b) Run away and survive, as your best friend dies.

Answer with either a, or b, and give a reason why you did it...
Thats all for now.

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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08



1. You are on a train with 40 people on it. The train driver suddenly has a heart attack. You have control of the train. Apart from the fact that you don't know how to slower it down. So the train is going out of control, when it reaches a fork road. One path takes you straight towards a hill, which will slow you down and save the 40 passengers. But when taking this path, your mother is in a car and she doesn't see the train coming. So if you take this path, your mother will get hit and die. The second path takes you to a very steep hill. The train will go very fast and smash, killing all 40 passengers, but you somehow survive.
Which path would you take

~look for passenger who knows how to drive a train...
~look for medic passenger...
~revive driver...
~shout at mother to move the fuck*ng car out of the way...
~do trains go on a hill?...


2. There is a murderer. He has tied your best friend up. Not only that, but he was a gun pointing directly at your best friends head. Now, you are hidden, so the murderer can't see you, and you are also carrying a gun. But you have a poisonous spider directly above your head. You can either shoot the murderer, but scare the poisonous spider while your at it. The spider will inject poison into and you'll die. But you can also leave your best friend to die while you run to safety.
Which choice will you make?

~squish spider...
~kill muderer...
~untie bestfriend...
~run to safety...








Posted 5/23/08
no no no, i meant following the a) and b) XD
plus, for the:
~look for passenger who knows how to drive a train...
~look for medic passenger...
~revive driver...
~shout at mother to move the fuck*ng car out of the way...
~do trains go on a hill?...
bit, how could you just revive the driver? you cant do it in time, so you gotta choose which path anywaii >>
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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
1. Jump off the train and save myself and my mom. Screw the 40 strangers.
2. Slap the spider out of the way and unload on the murderer and probably my best friend for even being captured in the first place. Maybe he betrayed me and it was a setup.






Hypothetically.
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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
my answer is
a
1.(a) 40 lives to one... my mother will understand
2.(a) because i coulnd't live with the guilt that i killed my mother... at least i could go to heaven and meet
her and say sorry.... =3

(i just saved 41 lives) i killed three LOL
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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
EDIT after tthinking about it I would chuse A in the first situation becouse its only common sence to go twards the hill and it would be an acsedent for my mom to be there as well allthough I would still feel very responsibal for her los of life. 2nd is B becouse I would be able to identifie him as the perpitrater and have justise brought to my friend, or get revenge latter on for him or her.
Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
1. call superman and ask him to lift the bus up so no one gets hurt
2. grab the spider and throw it to the murderer's face and shoot his face while he's shock...

oh well but seriously...

1. b - i love my mom
2. a - im too kind to kill my own bestfriend

In my opinion:

1. Be real. Who cares about the 40 people you dont even know? I seriously wouldnt sacrifice the life of my mom for the anonymous 40. I wouldn't want to be called a hero if i cant even save my own mother. Besides, i think killing your own mom is more regretful than killing a hundred people. But if i can sacrifice my own life for the 40, I wouldn't mind dying for them, but not my mom. And one thing, this is all accident from the start. They cant really blame me for everything. Who would even know i had another choice?

2. I dont think i can handle the guilt if I run away and let her die...

my answers arent final... still thinking lolz
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Posted 5/23/08 , edited 5/23/08
1) a

2) b

Lets see... assuming I can't just take the pussy way out and make a false truth, I'm going to have to... do what i think is the right thing for #1.

(if my mom is the one I love, she would be happy knowing her final moment would be saving a group of strangers she's never met and probably doesn't care about. lol.) Well I'm sure I made my point clear, but there is no way in hell I'm taking responsibility for the death of 40 people. I'd be locked up in jail if there was evidence, but it's doubtful if everyone died -- but the scary thing would be going emo after that. Eww, shoot me, but don't turn me into one of those.

And for #2, screw my best friend, I'm gonna live. Little bit of both sides. I'd carry the burden of being responsible for my friends death? Hell no, but unless it was some girl I loved I wouldn't be prepared to die at the scene... From a SPIDER of all things. OMFG. What a stupid choice. I'd rather shoot myself in the head than die by a fucking spider injecting poison into me. Anyways, that's my answer. =)

I've taken into consideration that... Even though right now I may want to save my friend, that in the actual situation... I'm not going to be thinking too straight, and I can't possibly give a clear answer of how I'm going to feel until I'm actually there. It's just like how people say they will donate all of the money they win from the lottery to a charity, if they ever win it. Guess what, they do win it, but human nature makes them keep some of it. Maybe for a good cause, but they probably didn't need it if they were fine to start off with. I could expand on that example more, but anyways... I had to think about those questions for a while.
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Posted 5/23/08

yoyomastervxc wrote:

no no no, i meant following the a) and b) XD
plus, for the:
~look for passenger who knows how to drive a train...
~look for medic passenger...
~revive driver...
~shout at mother to move the fuck*ng car out of the way...
~do trains go on a hill?...
bit, how could you just revive the driver? you cant do it in time, so you gotta choose which path anywaii >>


id push,pull, press, toggle, even use the radio cuz i know there has to b a way for the driver to communicate with the station, etc everything on the train to make it stop hopefully at least b4 goin to the left......btw how can a train control which way it goes isnt that the stations job?

for the second just duck lower then the spider and unload on the murderer anything would seek to get away from load noises even spiders ooooor if its on ur head gently offer it a way off u without startling it so it wont bite then unload the gun
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Posted 5/23/08
It's really hard to choose. My philosophy instructor asks those kind of questions too. It is better to save the lives of many but I told him, I love my family more than anyone else.

On the second situation, I will kill the spider first then shoot the murderer. (If possible). If not, i'll ask a sign from God on what I should do. If the sign says I choose to save my bestfriend then so be it.
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Posted 5/23/08
1.a. coz i would regret it more when more people die
2. i'll move from my place silently and shoot.

i admit that i'm a coward coz i can't sacrifice myself too...
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Posted 5/23/08
1. You are on a train with 40 people on it. The train driver suddenly has a heart attack. You have control of the train. Apart from the fact that you don't know how to slower it down. So the train is going out of control, when it reaches a fork road. One path takes you straight towards a hill, which will slow you down and save the 40 passengers. But when taking this path, your mother is in a car and she doesn't see the train coming. So if you take this path, your mother will get hit and die. The second path takes you to a very steep hill. The train will go very fast and smash, killing all 40 passengers, but you somehow survive.
Which path would you take?

a) Path One.
I know she wouldn't want me to live my whole life with the guilt of having killed forty people. Imagine the suffering of those forty families, in comparison to one.

2. There is a murderer. He has tied your best friend up. Not only that, but he was a gun pointing directly at your best friends head. Now, you are hidden, so the murderer can't see you, and you are also carrying a gun. But you have a poisonous spider directly above your head. You can either shoot the murderer, but scare the poisonous spider while your at it. The spider will inject poison into and you'll die. If you try and squash it, it will burst out acid and burn your hand of and die XD. But you can also leave your best friend to die while you run to safety.
Which choice will you make?

a) Shoot the murderer and die from the spider poison
I could not live with the guilt of having to allow a person close to me die. Yes, this contradicts with my above answer, but for the hypothetical situation above, it was more "practical" and "ethical". In this situation, I would die as a content person who freely saved another life.
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Posted 5/23/08
get away from the spider then shoot haha

and i want to save my mum even though the others will die lol
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Posted 5/23/08
1a) ...but I will kill myself after that for causing mom's death. Saved 40 lives and killed 2. Its still a gain. However, on a second thought, I might choose "b" if I am really caught I the same situation. Just like what you said, there is no time to think. Therefore, naturally this comes to my mind ---> "Save Mom!!!"

2b) I believe making any movement will cause they spider to be shocked too. Besides, I cant squash it. Therefore, no matter what I do/dont do, I will still die! Since I am gonna die anyway, I will try to save my friend's life.
Posted 5/23/08


these type of questions usually pop in philosophy and psychology classes... and they are meant to be answered only by either the choices given... no more no less.. which means you really have to choose one... go to Harvard university website and they have a video similar to this and hear the students answer.

for a moral answer, i will succumb to which can save many... because it is what is morally right. about the spider, leave to die... because i can always be the one who'll lead the murderer to the police.. i simply cannot bring myself to kill another person.... doing so will make me a murderer too.

ah, but if it was alterable, i'll shout for spider man cause he can stop a speeding train and save me from the spider bite... imma go like: "spider man, i promise you can bite me, just dont let this poisonous spider bite me.." LOL
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