Sunday, May 07, 2006

What If...

BBC News recently published an interactive article "What If..." inviting readers to throw in their two cents on various moral dilemmas.

"One day, you wake up in hospital. In the nearby bed lies a world famous violinist who is connected to you with various tubes and machines.

To your horror, you discover that you have been kidnapped by the Music Appreciation Society. Aware of the maestro's impending death, they hooked you up to the violinist.

If you stay in the hospital bed, connected to the violinist, he will be totally cured in nine months. You are unlikely to suffer harm. No one else can save him. Do you have an obligation to stay connected?"

Some of the results are discussed here and here at Crooked Timber.


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