Is it worse to kill than to let someone die?

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 3 MARVEL AGE OF HEROES EXHIBITION Limited F S

Despite the disturbing consequences, let’s consider whether a case can be made against the idea of active harm and passive harm being inherently different from a moral standpoint. Consider the following:

Marvel Legends Captain America Complete Set of 7 Red Skull Onslaught BAF New

Scenario 1.  (Passive Murder)

DC Collectibles Cover Girls Harley Quinn by Joelle Jones Statue

Scenario 2. (Active Murder)


DC Comics Batman FULL SIZE BAT-SAW 4 Utility Belt fancy dress Cos-play 1997 Rare

DC Comics Retro Style 8 Inch Figures Batman Retro Series 5 Set of all 4

If you believe that active harm is inherently better than passive harm, then you must therefore conclude that walking away in Scenario 1 is superior ethically to walking away in Scenario 2. Is this something you are truly willing to accept? In both cases walking away will mean the man will die, and preventing his death is equally easy in both cases. Can we really conclude that the initial motion of the pendulum is sufficient to change the ethical characteristics of the problem?

Posted in Ethics, Philosophy | 2 Comments
New Kotobukiya Horror Bishoujo Freddy vs. Jason Jason Voorhees Statue PVC SV106

DC Universe classics Unlimited RED ARROW CLASSIC 6 action figure loose

Figma Kirito ALO ver Sword Art Online USA SELLER AUTHENTIC GSC MAX Factory

Marvel Fan Girl Captain America 13.5 Action Figure. CAPTAIN AMERICA

Vintage Japanese AQUAMAN Meiji toy model kit premium figure RARE Japan toy DC

While I have met a great many non-believers and self proclaimed atheists, I have never heard anyone claim that they could absolutely disprove the existence of all possible forms of God. In fact, using some definitions of “God” (such as an unspecified “higher power”) God cannot be disproven even in theory. Furthermore, an all powerful God, if He existed, could simply make us 100% certain in His absence while he continues to exist, showing that we can never eliminate ALL possibility of such a being.

Official Stan Lee Retro 8 inch Action Figure Set of 2 by FTC NEW SEALED RARE

Posted in God, Religion, Kotobukiya 1 10 dc comics superman + wonder woman New, Truth | 8 Comments
Beauty products Spider-man mini bust made by side shaw free shipping from Japan

How to REALLY Answer a Question: Designing a Study from Scratch


Spawn Mcfarlane Toys Todd McFarlanes Lot Of 12 Carded Figures Comic MOC


DC Bombshells The Joker's Daughter Statue MINT NEW IN BOX

Unfortunately, just examining how you feel after taking aspirin a single time won’t be adequate, since the aspirin may be more helpful some times and less helpful others. For example, it could be the case that it works on moderate headaches but not on severe ones, so if your next headache happened to be really severe, it would look like aspirin was useless. To solve this problem, and give yourself more data, you might resolve to make these records of how you’re feeling for each of the next 20 headaches you get.

DC Universe One 12 Collective Green Arrow 6.5 Action Figure

Your analyses would be a lot simpler if you scored how unpleasant each headache was on a simple scale from 1 to 5 (1 meaning slight unpleasantness, 3, moderate unpleasantness, and 5, extreme unpleasantness). That way, you can simply look at all the scores you got just before taking aspirin and average them together. You can then compare this to the average of the scores 30 minutes after taking the aspirin and 60 minutes after taking it. That way, you can see if the amount of unpleasantness you feel really does drop substantially after taking aspirin.


Justice League Movie - Batman Statue - Icon Heroes Free Shipping

Marvel Comics Thor Retro Action Figure Set 8-Inch Collector set

8-inch Retro DC Comics Action Figures Set (Kresge Set Series 1) FTC-KRESGESET1

Fortunately, these problems are easily remedied. Instead of giving half the group nothing, you instead give them pills in an aspirin bottle that look just like aspirin, but which have no effect on headaches. Sugar pills are a reasonable choice, because a small amount of sugar is unlikely to effect a person’s headaches.

Bandai S.H.Figuarts Star Lord Avengers Infinity War Japan Edition

TINTIN MOULINSART HERGE PIXI 46005 Musée Imaginaire Statuette Civa

Figures Tintin The Yeti with the General Alcazar Carte de voeux 1972 (46998)

'MONKEY KING' Collector Vinyl (Nathan Jurevicius SCARY GIRL)

But, if the results fluctuate randomly, that implies that sometimes, just by luck alone, the aspirin might seem to be effective even if it isn’t. Likewise, it might, through bad luck, seem to be ineffective, even though it does work. So whatever your experiment shows, how can you be sure you’re getting the right answer?

DC Iron Studios Suicide Squad Harley Quinn & Joker 1 10 Scale Statue

BLAKE ET MORTIMER Que ton nom ne soit plus Statuettes en résine FIGURES ET VOUS

Posted in Science, Truth | Leave a comment