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Experience Machine

Nozick asks us to imagine a machine that could give us whatever desirable or pleasurable experiences we could want. Psychologists have figured out a way to stimulate a person’s brain to induce pleasurable experiences that the subject could not distinguish from those he would have apart from the machine. 15 more words

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Ticking Time Bomb

Imagine that a bomb or other weapon of mass destruction is hidden in your city, and the timer on it will soon strike zero. You have in your custody a man with knowledge of where the device is planted but is unwilling to give out this information. 15 more words

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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

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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