Sunday, March 18, 2018

tyke versus trolley

Here's a hilarious video titled "A Two-year-old's Solution to the Trolley Problem":

You'll recall that the "Trolley Problem" is a fairly standard hypothetical when discussing ethics: a trolley is barreling down a track that will soon fork two ways, A and B. Down Fork A is a group of people milling about on the track, unaware of the danger. Down Fork B is a single person, also on the track and unable to move off. As the switch controller, you must make a choice as to which track the trolley will roll onto—the one with a group of people, or the one with a single person. Making this choice—especially if you believe even a single human life is precious—is painful. The nature of the choice, and one's reasons for making it, can lead to a deeper discussion: is it more ethical to save a greater number of people, and if so, does this mean the worth of human lives can be discussed in terms of numbers?

Other versions of the trolley problem pit one unfamiliar person versus your own pet, a group of important scientists versus your mother, and so on.

1 comment:

John from Daejeon said...

Trolley Problem? Doesn't anyone have a gravitic mine these days?

For as long as I can recall, it's always been called the Kobayashi Maru training exercise.