Thursday, March 11, 2004

Moral Intuitions Poll

A deadly poison has been administered two two people, Person-1 and Person-2. If nothing is done, they will both die in five minutes. You have enough antidote to save only one of them. You know the following about the two people: Person-1 is a healthy (except for the poison) sixteen-year-old. Person-2 is ninty-five years old and has been diagnosed with a fatal disease -- if the poison does not kill him, he will die within the next week. You know nothing else about either person. I believe there are four choices:
  1. Save Person-1.
  2. Save Person-2.
  3. Flip a coin to determine whom to save.
  4. Don't save either one.
Which choice is morally right?

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