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Hypothetical - Would You Save The World?
Mon Apr 18, 2011 14:43

The entire world is in peril. You can choose to save it at the cost of your own life. Your death will be painful, but the pain will last no more than a few hours.

Do you accept?

It does not matter what the explanation is concerning WHY the world is in danger and HOW your death will save it. All that matters is that for the purposes of this hypothetical, you believe that the choice before you is legitimate.

Do you accept? Will you save the world?

Next question:

As above, except that you know that this question is being put to 10 people. If any of them accepts, the world will be saved. All who accept will die the death described above.

Do you accept?

How many out of the 10 do you think would accept?


    • Who are the 10 people?Sprout, Thu May 12 21:17
      If I can find just one fool to volunteer before me, let him... Besides, if I don't save it, I die anyway. In saving it I save myself, saving the world is just a side effect... Unless in your... more
    • If you DON'T, you'll die anyway...Truthteller, Fri Apr 22 12:52
      so you might as well die for SOMETHING.
    • Don't see why notSinister Dexter, Wed Apr 20 11:26
      What is it now, about 7 Billion people on the planet, vs one? The question itself is somewhat ambiguous, however. In the event one refuses to give up one's life for the greater good, does the... more
    • Yes.Poppet, Tue Apr 19 23:46
      "And in this moment, I will not run. It is my place to stand." Why not me? Yes, I'm an extreme outlier in terms of my intelligence (or the associated test scores, anyway). So what? I've never done a... more
    • Hmmm...I remember that movie!Truthteller, Tue Apr 19 12:15
      "Armageddon" that is. ;) Or was it "Star Trek 2?" LOL Guess I would do what Bruce Willis and Spock did...the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.
    • No thank you.OldCM, Mon Apr 18 15:14
      Interesting questions. But I would not give up my own life to "save the world". Why? I don't have but one person in the world that I really care about, or that cares about me. I would let him... more
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