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The Trolley Problem

Imagine that you’re at the controls of a railway switch and there’s an out-of-control trolley coming. The tracks branch into two, one track that leads to a group of five people, and the other to one person. 31 more words

Thought Experiments

Thorny Moral Chestnuts, Pt. 2

Catchy quotes and sayings — “chestnuts” — can undergo slight mutations over time.

Sometimes, those chestnuts are proverbs or rules. And sometimes, those gradual mutations can modify those proverbs or rules so much that their original wisdom is completely destroyed, converted into non-wisdom. 852 more words

Good Decisionmaking

91 Days Of Thuoght On The Wall

Chapter 3 of A Theory of Justice by John Rawls (Harvard University Press 1971)
The veil of ignorance from The Pig Who Wanted To Be Eaten by Julian Baggini… 810 more words

Happiness

Need not, but we do.

On my daily troll of the front page of the internet I stumbled upon a video called, “Humans Need Not Apply” and so I watched it. 1,524 more words

Thorny Moral Chestnuts, Pt. 1

Catchy quotes and sayings — “chestnuts” — can undergo slight mutations over time.

Sometimes, those chestnuts are proverbs or rules. And sometimes, those gradual mutations can modify those proverbs or rules so much that their original wisdom is completely destroyed, converted into non-wisdom. 863 more words

Good Decisionmaking

Debunking "Think Positive"

Human beings have a tendency to focus on the negative around us. We are inherently primed to be more alert to the negative aspects of our days, lives, and environments. 1,413 more words