Is it worse to kill than to let someone die?

Revell 1 18 BMW 850i 5.0 V12 Coupe 8 series E31 1989 - bluee - Rare

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:

Greenlight 1 24 Scale 84032 - 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan - Supernatural

Scenario 1.  (Passive Murder)

Norev 1 43 Scale 270211 Caterham Super Seven 1983 Green Yellow Diecast Model Car

Scenario 2. (Active Murder)

Oxford Diecast 1 76 Scale OO Gauge Mercedes Actros & JCB 360 JS220 Watling JCB

Norev Ford B-Max - Metallic Red - A+ A+

MINICHAMPS TOPGEAR - BUGATTI VEYRON - 1 43 SCALE MODEL CAR - 519 431101

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
Yatming Road Signature 1962 Volkswagen Microbus Green White 1 18

Porsche 911 (991) CARRERA S Agate Grey Metallic Model Car 1 43 Herpa

Dublo Dinky Model No 063 COMMER VAN blueE BOXED

BO685-0, 5 x Wiking H0 1 87 Lorry MB Union-Transport+Tamudo+ Wirth Etc.

CC13415 Eddie Stobart MAN TGA XXL Curtainside Limited Edition

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.

MATRIX, CORVETTE CORVAIR CONCEPT (1954) 007 of 408, No outer sleeve, MX20302-092

Posted in God, Religion, Herpa 071109 - 1 43 - Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, INDISCHred -, Truth | 8 Comments
Burago 1 18 Scale Diecast - 3061 Volkswagen Kafer Beetle 1955 Red {ar}

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

KYOSHO NISSAN GTR (R35) 2014 AURORA FLARE blueE PEARL REF 03744ABL

KYOSHO 1 43 DIECAST 1988 PORSCHE 911 TURBO 3.3 WHITE WITH OPENING PARTS 05525W

Burago 1 18 Scale Diecast - 18-10000L BMW X5 Metallic Green gold

Brumm 1 43 Scale Fiat 600 Multipla 1956 30 anniversary FTIA diecast model car

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.

John Day Maserati 450S Model Kit

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.

Top Model 1 43 Scale TMC001 Ferrari 375 MM Plus 1954 Yellow Resin model car

Vintage Quiralu Models 1 43 Scale - Mercedes 300SL - Off Cream

Welly 1 18 Model Car VW Beetle New Green

Art Models 1 43 Scale Diecast - 07MAR2018D Ferrari F355 Spider Diorama

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.

French Dinky Toys Atlas Edition Diecast; Citroen DS 19

3x Corgi New World First Bus NFWB Buses

BROOKLIN MODELS BRK 19 1955 CHRYSLER 300 C C300 COUPE RED BOXED mq

51 Pcs Roadsters Diecast Racing Vehicles Model Mini Car Playing Toy Set Kid Gift

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?

Quartzo 1 43 Scale - 4029. TYRRELL P34 DEPAILLER BELGIAN GP 1976

Vanguards by Lledo PD1002 Rover 2000 Renfrew & Bute Cons & Jaguar XK120 Ltd Ed

Posted in Science, Truth | Leave a comment