This is a something I heard a Harvard professor (sorry, his name escapes me) discuss on TV last night. I couldn't sleep because it kept on rattling
around in my head!
It's NOT my quiz, but here it is: (There are no right or wrong solutions)
The Trolley Problem...
(1) You're on an out of control trolley that's racing down a railway track. Ahead are 5 workers on the track that don't see or hear you coming. All
5 face certain death if the trolley continues on its course.
However, you have a switch in the trolley that will divert it to another track where there is only 1 worker. If the trolley went this way he would
face certain death.
What would you do? Would you flip the switch kill the 1 worker to save the lives of the 5? Would you let fate take its course and let the 5 workers
die and save the 1?
Lets shake up the example...
(2) The trolley is still speeding towards 5 workers who will certainly die if the trolley continues. However, this time you are not in the trolley but
on a bridge above the track, there is no alternative track and no switch.
BUT on this bridge is a really fat man who is unaware of the situation... If you pushed him onto the track he would stop the train and you could save
the lives of the 5 workers but you will be killing the fat man.
What would you do and who would you save?
Lets change the scenario one last time...
(3) This time you are a doctor; a very talented surgeon. You have five patients all in need of different organ transplants. They will all certainly
die if they do not receive the organs they require and there are no compatible organs available.
In another room there is a patient who is perfectly well; he is a traveller and nobody knows who or where he is from. He has a check up and it turns
out that he is a perfect match for all five patients...
Would you let the five patients die?
Or would you sneak into the travellers room when he least expects it, kill him and harvest his organs to save the 5?
PS. In relation to (3) lets imagine that for some reason that you can't use any of the five patients as donors for each other.. It ruins the
Anyway, let me know what you would do and good luck!