Trolley problem.

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A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are 5 people who have been tied to the track by the mad philosopher. Fortunately, you can flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. Should you flip the switch?

Arguments For

Yes, flip the switch

5 lives are more valuable than 1.

Arguments Against

No, don't flip the switch

5 lives are not more valuable than 1.

Also, flipping the switch makes you a participant.


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User Comments & Opinion


2 Voted Yes

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Yes... Allowing one person to die is not as bad as allowing 5 to. - _fraz_ (twitter) 0
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Flip the switch! - jennyhooah (twitter) 0

1 Voted No

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You should not flip the switch, because you would be forcing the single person to be a hero without his will.

Every life is valuable, a large quantity isn't more valuable.

It would be honorable for a man to sacrifice himself for the cause of the many, but it would be dishonorable to force someone to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the many. - thorie (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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