Someone posted a moral dilemma here that got me thinking about another one I'd like to share:

Scenario 1:
A train is out of control, racing towards a cliff (unfinished track ends or something…) Five people are on it, facing certain death. You're the train operator in charge of the rail computer system. You have the option of flipping a switch and diverting the train to another rail – where unfortunately someone is tied to the track. This is the situation. Do nothing and let them die? Or divert the train and run him over? Kill one to save many?

Scenario 2:
In the ER five people are in dire need of organ transplants, one needs a heart, the other a lung, a liver so on… they will all die if not tended to soon. In the waiting room just happens to sit a person, who is a perfect donor match… do you let them die? Or do you kill one to save many?

1.i remember reading that almost everyone asked this question says yes on the first and no to the second- and all find it very difficult to give a rational explanation. i've asked many people this question myself- and received the same reaction.

I think this question gives us insight on how deeply morality is ingrained in us, an innate sense of right and wrong.

2.if anyone can remember where this is from please remind me

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