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Moral dilemma #5

The mad philosopher spilled the beans about the nuclear bomb and the crisis was averted. It turns out he’s suffering from pulmonary hypertension and needs a heart transplant. He is referred to a hospital that has a brilliant transplant surgeon. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Moral dilemma #3

This is a similar scenario to Moral Dilemma #2, i.e.: You’re on a footbridge above some tram tracks; a tram approaches out of control; five people have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher; the tram can only be stopped … Continue reading

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Moral dilemma #2

You’re on a footbridge above the tram (streetcar) tracks. You can see that the tram approaching the bridge is out of control, and that it’s going to hit five people just past the bridge. They’ve been tied to the track by a … Continue reading

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Moral dilemma #1

A tram (streetcar) is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the tram down a … Continue reading

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