Ian (lovingboth) wrote,
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Dilemmas poll

You are sitting by a railway junction, and you see a train approaching rapidly. You also see - oh no! - some children on the tracks!

You cannot stop the train, nor clear the tracks in time. The only thing you can do is decide which track the train goes down - if you do nothing, six children will certainly be killed on one track. If you chose to throw a switch, two children will be killed on the other.

Poll #34479 Dilemmas

What do you do?

Throw the switch, killing two children who would otherwise be safe
10(83.3%)
Don't throw the switch, leaving six children to die
2(16.7%)

You realise one of the children you're about to see die is yours. What now?

Change my mind
7(58.3%)
Stick with the same decision
5(41.7%)

Oops, you realise none of the children are yours, but one of the ones you're about to see die is the only child of multi-billionaire Gill Bates. If you save hir, you're certainly going to be very very rich. What now?

Change my mind
1(8.3%)
Stick with the same decision
11(91.7%)

Oops, you realise none of the children are Gill's, but all of the ones you're about to see die have been tied to the rails - ie someone wants them dead - while the ones who will be saved have chosen to play on the tracks. What now?

Change my mind
6(50.0%)
Stick with the same decision
6(50.0%)

Oops, you realise none of the children are tied down, but all of the ones you're about to see die are completely healthy, while the ones who will be saved have severe physical and mental disabilities. What now?

Change my mind
5(41.7%)
Stick with the same decision
7(58.3%)
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