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Moral Dilemmas
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Posted 3/25/07
These are my anwers witht he reasons.


I will let them both live and stay to die.

reason: If i save my mother i will not be able to live with the fact i decided to let the woman i love most die.

If i save the woman i love most than she will leave me for letting my mother die such a horrible death. Then i will kill myself.

All answer lead to two people dieing. 2>1. if i die then two people will live.


I would choose to save the kids. 5 > 1. Pulse they are our future. 5 people can do more than 1 person.
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phyro989 wrote:

Now these are unearthy questions. These questions show exactly what type of person u are. Ask your death questions following my examples. (And go ahead and answer the example ones too)


1: You are in an alleyway and a tornado is coming right at you. Your mother and person u love most in the world are with u. there is a car that can only hold two people face the oppiset dircetion of the tornado. One person must be left behind to die. who is it?

2. Your brother is stuck in side a burning building and only u can save him, but on the other side there are 5 children who haven't reach jouner high yet. You can only save one or the other. Who do u save?


let's just assume the scenarios are possible...

1. Easy - myself. Though my mother would probably insist on staying behind since it's fairly natural for parents to sacrifice themselves for their children.

2. It depends of the kids to be honest. If they're bunch of white trash kids, I'd go for the brother. If it's idyllic bright children with promising futures, then I'd go for the kids.
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mushroomjay wrote:

I know I'm kind of selfish, but who cares? I'll help who I like, and who I care about. Not some little twats who would hardly say a thank you and would just cry on me and scream, as well as whine the whole way out.

As well, they'd just run to their mommies as soon as we get out of the supposed fire.

Common sense.

Alley way:

http://xrl.us/vgks (Link to images.google.com)

Doesn't seem so flat.


that is that one. an alley way is the sidewalk between two building.


azrael910 wrote:

let's just assume the scenarios are possible...

1. Easy - myself. Though my mother would probably insist on staying behind since it's fairly natural for parents to sacrifice themselves for their children.

2. It depends of the kids to be honest. If they're bunch of white trash kids, I'd go for the brother. If it's idyllic bright children with promising futures, then I'd go for the kids.


Wants the best for the world. Rather see others happy than to see himself happy.

Quote:"Let me die fighting in war so my son can live in in peace."
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meh, let him give himself a quite then close...

Oh but first I would like to note a letter to philosophynow about feeding the world.
Basically: "simple arithmetic tells us that every mouth of the current 80 million a year by which the population is currently expanding leads to a lowering of the average quality of life...help save civilization - shoot a do-gooder!" Haha...
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Posted 3/25/07

phyro989 wrote:


azrael910 wrote:

let's just assume the scenarios are possible...

1. Easy - myself. Though my mother would probably insist on staying behind since it's fairly natural for parents to sacrifice themselves for their children.

2. It depends of the kids to be honest. If they're bunch of white trash kids, I'd go for the brother. If it's idyllic bright children with promising futures, then I'd go for the kids.


Wants the best for the world. Rather see others happy than to see himself happy.

Quote:"Let me die fighting in war so my son can live in in peace."


The world is much better off without 5 white trash kids. Like I said, if they were actually promising young kids I'd go for them in a heartbeat.
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i dont know where you get the basis of your one liners from. i guess the whole seventeen years youve lived is giving you the background to analyze people's answers on absurdly vague questions. i could sit here and say yes i will sacrifice myself for other people and save the children and others and yes i can sit here and think and believe that as well but if i ever faced the situation, survival instincts come first, no matter what. you cant just not think about yourself. in the heat of the moment, anyone think of themselves first. its biology.

sorry. ill quit my bitching.

btw. given the choice, id give my life if i could cure AIDS. its what im working on in research, afterall
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I'm going to take a stance and state that I would probably save my loved one and then my brother. Since in this type of situation, I wouldn't be thinking in a completely logical or rational type of way, I believe it is best to use a biological explanation in terms of altruistic behavior.

The general formula used to describe altruism is rB>C.
Where r is the general relatedness coefficient. Since direct family bloodline is highest among siblings, parents and offspring, family has the highest relatedness coefficient. For example, relatedness between parent and offspring is .5 and for siblings about .25. B represents the reproductive benefit while C represents the cost it takes for the person to save the other.

For the first problem, the related coefficient is about .5 while the benefit of reproductive benefit is higher with my loved one. However the cost to save my mother is higher since she is pretty old now. The chances that my loved one survives with minimal injuries is more probable. The next dilemma shows that 5 kids aren't really worth it. The cost of saving 5 people with no relatedness is significantly lower than saving the brother.

Eh I think I'm looking to deeply into this situation... Oh well I just tried to give a different view on this topic at least... Anyway you should check out the explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin_selection
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Posted 3/25/07
Uh, The person I love.
And little kids.
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Posted 9/30/07
1.search my soul for person i care about more thn take then.
2.go and save the children hoping my brother would understand
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1. first i think i have to save my mother than my love one.
even though it hurts to leave your love but no one can replace a mom than a lover...
2. well i dunno..lol
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1. i would make my love one sit on my mums lap
2. Why cant i save them all? Or are they all hurt? Also, why cant my brother save the kids? And why am i the only one around to save these people? And how bad is this fire? If it was a really bad fire then i would most likely die trying to save them. Anyway, i would save my bother, i know him, i care for him so that is obviously the person i am going to try and save.

Also, sometimes one person can do more than a hundred. These 5 kids could turn out to be mass murders for all i know and if i saved them then i have just killed more people.
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Alright once i saw this worm was crawling across the pavement, I felt so tempted to grab the worm and put on the grass, but there were students waiting for the bus behind me. So i chicken out and didn't do it =[
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