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Who would you save and why?
in Philosophy

By ZeusAres42ZeusAres42 288 Pts
Imagine that you have 20 people to the left of you and then 5 people to the right of you. They all need saving from some disaster or they're going to do and it's only you who can save them. The only problem is, however, is if you save the 20 people to the left you the other 5 to the right of you will die, and likewise, if you save the 5 people to your right the other 20 will die.

Who do you save and why?

The unexamined thought is not worth thinking.




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  • Many things will influence my decision, and any decision will be biased...

    If I know and care about someone in group A, I would save group A regardless of the number/age/status of people in the other group...

    If I don't know or care about anyone in both groups, I may very well flip a coin to be honest and I wouldn't lose sleep over it...

    Sure I could arbitrarily save the group with the highest number of people, but why? Because 20 is better than 5? Because utilitarians would expected it of me? Meh....
    ZeusAres42
    " Adversus absurdum, contumaciter ac ridens! "
  • maxxmaxx 51 Pts
    you realize that mostly that would depend upon the circumstances, as well as the people, and the type of disaster; however, I would probably save the five people because of the time would be lesser to do so; saving 20 would take far longer and put myself into jeopardy.@ZeusAres42
    ZeusAres42
  • MayCaesarMayCaesar 1702 Pts
    Unless I know something about these people not described in the question that could influence my decision strongly, I'm going to go by the numbers and save the 20 people.

    If, say, those 5 people were my relatives, while the 20 people contained only people I have never seen in my life, then I would go with the 5.
    ZeusAres42Zombieguy1987
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