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Post Reply Do the ends always justify the means?
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17 / M / Ente Isla
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Posted 12/15/15
See the question and choices above.
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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/20/15
Depends on the end and means used to achieve it. Nuking the city from orbit is a bit overkill just to kill a loose spider. However, burning the house down is an acceptable means.

Gotta' kill that spider somehow.
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I once killed a guy for his shoes.
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In a video game maybe but not always in real life.
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Can you give an example
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probably back in the day but not now, especially considering how evil people are
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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/15/15

stars201 wrote:

Can you give an example


If you had to cull 97% of the world population in order to stop the human species from going extinct, would you do it or stay your hand?
Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/15/15
That example doesn't make sense ^
Wouldn't I make the human species extinct if I cull 97% of the world population?
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stars201 wrote:

That example doesn't make sense ^
Wouldn't I make the human species extinction if I cull 97% of the world population?


No. You'd just be making it endangered. Given enough time, we'd probably return to a stable population size through breeding. There'd be a ton of new problems we'd have face with the disappearance of workers who played vital roles in society, but we'd at least have a chance of surviving. And within this hypothetical scenario, we survive.
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Posted 12/15/15
Didn't know Consequentialism was so unpopular.
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As long as the benefits outweigh the detriments, Who gives a damn what happens to anyone else?
Posted 12/15/15

GrandmasterCoolio wrote:


stars201 wrote:

That example doesn't make sense ^
Wouldn't I make the human species extinction if I cull 97% of the world population?


No. You'd just be making it endangered. Given enough time, we'd probably return to a stable population size through breeding. There'd be a ton of new problems we'd have face with the disappearance of workers who played vital roles in society, but we'd at least have a chance of surviving. And within this hypothetical scenario, we survive.


Okay, then I guess it depends on the situation, like if there was some kind of deathly disease or virus spreading around killing off humans, then in that situation, I would say yes.

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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/15/15

stars201 wrote:


GrandmasterCoolio wrote:


stars201 wrote:

That example doesn't make sense ^
Wouldn't I make the human species extinction if I cull 97% of the world population?


No. You'd just be making it endangered. Given enough time, we'd probably return to a stable population size through breeding. There'd be a ton of new problems we'd have face with the disappearance of workers who played vital roles in society, but we'd at least have a chance of surviving. And within this hypothetical scenario, we survive.


Okay, then I guess it depends on the situation, like if there was some kind of deathly disease or virus spreading around killing off humans, then in that situation, I would say yes.



I just thought about this based on your response: Would you still do it if you didn't know you'd be apart of the 3% that lived.

I looked up approx. how much humans there were in the world and there are (or was said to be) 7 billion.
Which means there would be 230,000,000 survivors.
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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/15/15


If we ever faced a serious extinction event there would probably be a lot less survivors or none at all.

We've come close to extinction in our past apparently.
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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 12/15/15
That's interesting to know. Was that during the plague? (I'm not a history guy so go easy on me.)
Edit: but I do have the internet.
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