Moral dilemma #4

Okay, the mad philosopher didn’t get thrown in front of the runaway tram and has now been arrested. He claims he has hidden a nuclear device in a major urban centre and it’s been primed to detonate in 24 hours time.

If the bomb goes off, it will kill millions of people. Bomb disposal experts could defuse it if they get to it in time. The police have tried tricking the philosopher into revealing the location of the bomb but he hasn’t fallen for it. They’ve also tried appealing to his better nature, again to no avail.

Crime psychologists estimate that if he’s tortured, there’s a 75% chance he will divulge the location of the bomb.

Should he be tortured?

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About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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