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Steve3007 wrote:I guess it would depend how good I am at doing mental arithmetic quickly and under stress.
Maxcady10001 wrote:There are two cases of murder definitely happening. The first one being, I pull the lever, and the second one being, I don't pull the lever on track B, since the chance of them committing murder is one hundred percent. So I would not pull the lever, choosing whichever track the train is already on. I do not believe in murder by omission, so if the train leaves someone alive who is a murderer I am not responsible, since I did not take action.
Steve3007 wrote:Funnily enough, in another thread, in a different context, I recently said "being good at maths doesn't necessarily make you a good person.". I guess this puzzle demonstrates that!
What always puzzles me is setting up scenarios where the stakes are much higher. If there was a 50-50 chance that person stood before you would destroy all life on Earth ... at some point we all find a very, very grey area that really makes us shudder at ourselves and our own thoughts.
Burning ghost wrote:Here is the situation (one you may be somewhat familiar with) ...
You are on a train track and can pull a lever to change tracks. No matter what you do you have to choose either track A or track B.
On track A there is a man who is 70% likely to murder several people.
On track B there are two men who are both 50% likely to murder several people.
Which track do you take?
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