Well, my standard opinion of this video clip is that the answer could go either way. If choosing the route with just one person, is the widely recognized humane choice. Who would want to end 5 people's lives instead of just one? But yet, there are also different theories to the subject. A scenario could go like this: if choosing the path with the 5 workers, one of them could warn the others to get out of the trolley's way, resulting in no one passing away. Therefore, there really is no right or wrong answer to this question, it is just a question answered by different people's moral values.
I agree with her, it could go either way. Sure, he said you know they will die, but in real sense you would never know. Everyone says that going right will spare the other five, but have you ever thought about that one man? Going straight would be best because theres bound to be one of them looking in the direction of the trolly car. One person may be more focused on what he is doing rather than in a group where they are most likely talking to one another. So, as stated above me, the question is not a difinative answer, but merely an opinion.
I agree with you and Miss Emerson
I also agree with you.
In my opinion this is a very hard question to answer, because noone can minimize the value of another person's life.
I also agree with Emerson Herr
I also agree with Emerson Herr.
But if I had to pick one, I would have chosen to keep going straight because at least one of the workers should see the trolly car coming. Hopefully some of the workers will warn the other workers to move out of the way. I would also try to yell so maybe one of the workers can hear me.
So, but nobody can be warned
I think I would choose to let the one person die on the track instead of letting 5 people die in front of him. I think this because I'm not trying to say that one life is more important than another or that some people are more important to the people next to them. But, if I new and I had the knowledge to stop 5 people from dieing even if it meant taking my own life I would do it. That is my response for the Runaway Trolly Car.
Honestly, I would say neither. If I was an offical trolley driver then i would know where im going so i wouldn't go down some tracks that aren't even done yet. Also I would be informed by someone (Or see a sign) that says the tracks are being worked on and to not go down them. So the whole "Trolley Murder" is because of the driver's stupidity.
I don’t think this is a situation of stupidity. This can’t be, because stupidity isn’t based off the trolley car malfunction. Also, I noticed you said someone. Who are you referring to the boss or the supervisor? Well wouldn’t that be more of their fault then than the driver?
Ok I see what you mean. Yes I was referring to someone of higher rank. But, in the veido they never said it was a malfunction.
How will that not be a malfunction the brakes arent working...
Blake is not thinking because if he was he would know that he can't choose neither, so in conclusion I disagree with Blake
If i was in that kind of situation it would depend because both tracks are not finished.Since both tracks aren't done everybody would die anyway.
I would go on the tracks with one person because why would you kill five people if you only have to kill one.Why would take five lives unless you have no heart but I mean still it just doesn't seem right.But then the tracks aren't fixed or finished yet so you might not live.
Brandon makes a good point and I agree with him.
Well, what i would do is let one persone die insted of 5.I think this because killing one persone is bad but not as bad as killing 5. What i would do then is i would blow the horn so the persone would hear it and get out the way.So then nobody would have to die because of the trolley car.But, if i would of chosen where the 5 people where i would have to do the same thing.Or mabey they would warn each other by saying "get out the way a trolley car is coming".This is my answer for this question the Runaway Trolley Car.
Yes but the guy in the video said, "you know they will die." that means you cant warn them kayla
I completely agree with Kayla, but nobody had no way of know they were pretty much blind and death
Well, if I was in the situation I would have turned and killed the one man rather than the five. But I would try to be yelling as loud as I can to move the worker out the way because trolley cars don’t have horns. I would think it would be better to save 5 lives than one. Sometimes you have to sacrifice things in life for other people. Any normal person with a heart would rather save five people than one person. This is a very hard question to all audiences and I don’t think there is no right or wrong answer.
Yes but the man said "you know they will die." If we could we would warn them, yes, but he said you WOULD kill them no matter what
Well, If i were in this situation on the trolley I would turn away from the 5 men working on the track ahead onto the track with 1 man working. Also if possible I myself would try my best to signal them some how so that they could posibly move off the tracks avoiding the horrible death coming towards him. Then if you think about it is wrong to turn purposely on the track with one man killing him instead of the 5 oringinaly you going to run over. It is one of those situations were I myself would turn though. In my personal aponion also there can be no true answer to this situation.
If I was in this situation I would chose to go down the track with 1 person instead of the five. Because I would like to save 5 people instead of just 1 or get everyone on the trolley to yell at the worker so he would move.
If only we could warn them... but the man said "you know they will die."
Driver: I would kill the 1 person to so that only one family would have to go through it but if not I would try to yell watch out or let some of them try to jump in.
Worker: I would run back around the trolley cart to the other part of the bridge.
I would...well it depends. There is the famous saying, "Sometimes it takes a sacrifice to win a battle." So that means obviously I would kill the 1 and not the 5. If the guy in the video had not said, "you will know they will die" I would probably choose 5, because then one could have warned the others. SOME of the students above me did not pay attention to what he said, and they are saying that they would warn them. YOU GUYS NEED TO LISTEN BETTER. SO I would choose the 1.
I agree with the student who wrote the comment above mines. I also had a similar thought but then I realized that the man specifically said that all of the workers were going to die. So now I would kill the 1 worker by taking the right side rail. I also would like to say that I don't believe in saving 5 people while sacrificing 1 person. That decision should be based off of the situation you are in.
Thanks, and you are right. What if you knew the lone worker? You are exactly right, and thanks for agreeing.
Truthfully if i was the driver of the runaway trolley i would go to the side track and kill the one lone worker, because if people are going to die no matter what, then killing the fewest possible saves lives! but as the driver i might wonder about if the lone worker has family and kids the expect him to come home from work that day but never see him again! and i also wonder what the court would charge against me and ask me all about my decision to turn.
I would turn the trolley to hit the one person. One persons life is still important but five peoples lives are more important. It would be less regret to hit the one person rather than the five people. The five people are more useful as workers than one person. If it were actually to happen, the one person might hear the trolley coming. You would never know.
I agree with you because I put the same thing as you.
When I watched the video, I first decided to go straight ahead. The advantage to going straight would have been that there was a better chance for the workers to get out the way, because there are five of them. Then I remembered that the professor had said to assume that all of the workers were going to die. I then changed my answer to going down the side track, because killing one person is better than killing five people.
If it was me i would keep going straight, and even though it says you can't warn them i would try everything to get their attention. Then once I've gotten their attention i would tell them to try and stop the trolly. Two guys on the left and three guys on the right if they have rope they can try to pull the rope back and stop us.
In this situation I would choose to turn the trolley car, killing the one worker instead of five workers. I would feel horrible knowing that I had taken a person's life, but it would feel even worse to take five lives. As most people have said, it is better to take one life than five.
Well, if you think about it, either way someone(s) dies. Since the brakes don't work, no matter what you do, it will be homo/genocide. But, the first one to be blamed will be you for not stopping the trolley. After you explain that the brakes weren't working. The manufacturer would be blamed. Therefore, you are half free of the blame. You still would have to turn to avoid killing five men. But, by saving the five, you kill one. There is no real answer to this situation. It is a matter of your perspective and how fast you can react to a situation like this. If you want to save five by killing one, go ahead, be my guest. But be aware, that the more you kill the guiltier you may feel. Then you start to feel the physical effects of guilt. The situation is a trick question. There is no correct answer to this question. The real answer is within your personality.
Gregory, what is your answer. You can't choose two answers on a multiple choice question. It asks what you would do. So watcha think?
I don't like either answer to this question because if the trolly went straight the five guys who were working on it could hear the trolley coming from the distance. If it went to the other direction he could hear it too, or the guys can both warn each other when the trolley is coming
I don't think that there is one right thing to do in this situation. Whether you would go straight and kill the five or turn and kill the one depends on the way that you think. Personally I would turn the trolly car and kill the one than kill the five because one dying isn't as horrible as 5 dying. Just because it's what I would do doesn't make it the right thing to do.
I would go down the track with one person. The less people that die the less people that will cry and mourn for that person.THIS IS VERY SAD!!!
In my case i would turn the trolley and kill one person. I think killing one person's life is more resonable than killing five. I would yell at that person to move, because i do think that it is faster for one person to move than five all together. I think that this question is based on your opinion. People can give five hundered anwsers on why they killed five people, but the same thing can happen on why you just killed that one person. I do think that there is no right or wrong awnser. It is just your option. But i would do something to let that one person know that i am about to kill them.
If i was in the situation of the trolly car not having brakes and I had the option of hitting the one man instead of 5 its the humane way. The way I see it is all humans should be equal, but some times majority rules such as in this case to me.
Brandon, Brandon, Brandon...
You must consider that you are on the main track. Surely, you would notice a trolley train rolling down a hill on the main track but apparently that is not an option. Therefore, the most appropriate thing to do would go down the main track. The workers have already accepted the risk when they took the job.
Also, remember that show Undercover Boss. What if that one guy was that person.
You need to think before you answer. Why was there only one guy. Perhaps because it took five guys to do one job, whilst it took one to do the same job. Why would you kill a more efficient worker.
I would kill the one because the group is less likly to make mistakes as Mrs.Alexander has said 4 minds is better than 1 wich in this case would be five but same deal.
1. As I watched this video I listened to the scenario taking place and I drew the conclusion that I would take the one life instead of the five.
This is due that even though I am making the conscious choice to kill the one I am still saving five. This one worker is not less important or valuable in my mind, but he is the sacrifice in this situation that will save more lives.
(2. The situation changes later on though because the speaker goes on to ask that if we were to be watching from a bridge and a fat man was beside you watching the same thing. Would you make the conscious decision to murder this man by pushing him onto the tracks to save the five. I say no due that in my eyes it is murdering a by stander. This man is only someone who has watched. He has not asked to be involved. therefore you are murdering someone who would otherwise have no part in the ordeal. the five on the tracks have chosen to be there therefore accepting the risks.)
To me there is no right or wrong answer in this situation. We all have different morals and beliefs. Everyone's answer counts to me.
There are many things to consider. For example, the five workers could be prisoners(though it's not my place to judge the value of a life), the one worker could be someone important doing community service, or you could honk the horn. But if I was the driver, I would ask myself if I could send someone fast to go move the workers. If I didn't do that I would risk the one person's life to save the five.
Oh! One more thing. He said " the workers are working at the END of the tracks." So even if we did get past the workers, the trolley car would run out of tracks. So you might as well get all the passengers and jump off the trolley car.
I would opt to go straight in the hopes of not killing anyone. I would like to assume that at least one of the five people would see the trolley coming and warn the whole group.
It depends on who the five people are. If it was five people I knew I would kill the one person. If I knew the one person but noT the five I might kill the five. So for me it depends on who it is. I think most likely I would kill the one even if I did know them because it's better to save five and lose one than save one and lose five.
Oh, and just one more thing...although he did say definitively that if you go straight, you will kill all five, and that if you turn, you will kill only one, but in reality, the chances are a lot greater that you will kill somebody is if you take the side track because there is nobody to warn him.
If I was the trolley driver I would go on the side track and run over the one person instead of running over the 5 people because sacrificing one persons life for 5 peoples life is better then saving only one and killing 5 other people.....
In my opinion, I believe that if I was in this situation I would turn the trolley car and kill one person. I thought this would be the best choice because I thought about one person's family suffering a terrible loss rather than five.
I would turn the trolly car to the track with the one worker. It would seem senseless to lose four more lives instead of one. Even though I know he or she will die, (as Emily has pointed out numerous times) I would still make as much noise as possible, so I can say I tried.
I would sacrifice the life of one to spare the other 5 lives . I would choose to turn the trolley car . I would feel bad enough taking away one life ,taking away five is worst . As far as guilt I would kill the one worker while attempting to call his atentoin to move. I would be ok with this . But it also depends on many other possible details and situation .this is my answer to the runaway trolley car
In my opinion, if I was in that position I would turn to the side track and kill the one person instead of killing the 5 railroad workers. To me, I dont see the point of killing five people instead of killing one. In the second story that the prosser had stated, I have to agree in both situations. If you had push the fat man off the bridge and save the five workers that would be fantastic. At the same time you be considered as the person that killed the fat man. In the other case if you did nothing and just let the workers die than that is still wrong, but the deaths of the five workers wouldn't be in your hands.
If i were in this type of dramatic situation, I would choose the track with the one person instead of the five. Killing one person is better than killing a handful of people. I would attempt to get the one persons attention and try to get them out of the way, even though it probably wouldnt work. Atleast I could say that I tried. Of course, afterward I would feel so guilty about killing that one person. Then again, if i were going to kill one person and feel guilty about it, would would make the difference if I killed 5? So in my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer.
If I were the driver I would turn on the track that had only one person at the end. I would choose this because one persons life is important, but not as important as five lives, which means five families, five funerals, and many mourners. With five families, there is more responsibility for driver, as to one person dying. I know it does not seem like it has ANYTHING to do with this but it really does. Five lives are more important than just one life.
I totally agree with you I put the same thing but, in simpler terms.
I would turn the trolly because it would be better to only kill one person then possibly killing five. It is horrible to kill anyone but to kill one and save five is better then killing five and saving one. Although it is awful I would rather have only one persons death hanging over my head rather then five.
If I was in this scenario, I would turn to the right. Because like most are saying, its better to kill one person than to kill 5. But I dont know if I could live with knowing I had made a choice to kill the man. Instead of going straight and it being out of my control.
I would turn the trolley and go towards the one man. I picked that because I could yell at the man to move out of the way. It's easier to have one man move out the way than five. But just in case he doesn't move then I would still want to go on that track cause it would be better to save 5 lifes than only 1. Yes, I would feel sorry for the ones persons family. But I'm sure that the 5 people's family would be happy that I didn't kill there relatives. But I would feel very bad if I killed the man though.
Ummm.... Jessica it said that you can't tellthe people to move otu of the way.
PS...... I got the idea from Emily Stone. (;
Quick question if you know someone is about to die you wouldnt try everything to do to save them? So i dont see why yelling "move out the way" is worthless.Just my opinion.
After watching the video, I would have decided to turn on the track with just one worker. The reason I would choose the track to my right, is because I would want to save as many lives as possible. I would try my best to prevent any lives being lost. I would try to find some way to warn the worker by a bell, whistle, etc., so that no lives are lost.
First let me ask, how much people are in the trolley cars ? If there was more people in the trolley car, then I would go kill the 5 workers. But, if I'm the only one in the trolley car, then I would kill myself then the 5 workers.
I accidentally put car(s) instead of putting the word car. Also, i accidentally put *then instead of putting the word *than.
Thanks, Felix. No worries on your usage mistakes this time. I appreciate you trying to get it right though.
If I were at the controls of the trolley car, I would turn to the right instead of killing the five other people. It is most likely better to kill one person than five. If I killed the five people, I would have all this guilt inside by body which would make me feel bad. I would try to get the one person to move out of the way by either yelling or making some sort of noise. Anyways, if I killed the five people instead of the one person, people would be telling me: "Oh, remember when you killed the five people with the trolley car?" That would make me feel very bad inside.
I think that instead of going straight and killing the five people i would turn and kill only that one person. I would because killing the five people would effect many people because of their family if they had one but only one person would effect 4x less people then killing the five people. That's why i think you should pick one person instead of the five people.
I would go neither. Its because every life is special and important to this world, everybody has a purpose. I don't know how I would do it, but if there was a way I would.
If it were up to me, I would choose to let the one person be run over for a couple of reasons. One reason is the obvious: kill one person instead of five. But my other reason is because if one person of the five were to warn the rest of the trolley, the same number of lives would be lost and the other four wouldn't have to live with seeing someone die right in front of their faces.
It's a hard choice to make because no matter what you choose someone is going to die. I would choose the pathe with the one worker because he is more likely to see the trolly coming. When people are in a group they're less alert because they feel like they're safe. Plus I wouldnt be able to stand the fact that I killed more people than I had to.
Yes the answer varies in an answer, but i have decided wich one i think would be best. After watching this video, i would turn the trolley on the track to the right. I would turn it becasue i would not want to cause any more fatalities than needed. I also agree with Ericka that i would try to warn them with the bell, whistel, etc. The five workers on the other track could also possibly warn the one worker on the other track.
I think that it would be better to just kill the one person instead of the five because you have to kill at least one person so you might as well turn right. I think its better to save five lives and one person will die, than saving one life and five people dying. Its common sense. I mean, if I was that person inside the trolley and I was given the choice to just drive off the tracks and not take any of the six lives, I would. Unfortunately, that choice is not given.
Hey didn't he just say that the BRAKES don't work? What about the "EMERGENCY BRAKES." Anyway I would tell everybody on board to scream, "Get out of the way!!!!!" as loud as they could;But that's not an option of coarse so I'll go with the majority and kill the one person.
Kyle he said nothing about emergenvy brakes. But, lets just say we are assuming that there are no emergency brackes because obviously if there was then the person that was driving thre trolley would have been smart enough to use them. RIght then thyou said htose arent the options of the corse this is my opion and the part about the options is hte only part I agree with you on.
I meant RIGHT THEN YOU SAID THOSE AREN'T ANY OF THE OPTIONS. That is what I meant. (:
I would steer into the one person if I have to kill someone. It would be an accident in any case, I cannot help that people die in this world. Even if I ran into the five it would still be an accident. unfortunately, it would just be another thing you see on the news. It seems better to hit the one person instead of five. It would definitely traumatize me less to hit one instead of five.
If I was the person in the trolley I would go for the one guy because then it would be easier to warn him to get out of the way then probably getting the attention of five men who could possibly be in the middle of a conversation and not paying attention to what is ahead.
yes I would too go for the one person, but did you ever consider pushing the fat guy next you over the bridge?
if i was in this situation i would just kill that one worker. but on the other rode is five workers so there is more, so why would you kill all those workers if you could just kill one,if you were wanting to be really! violent then thats you. but my opinion is to just kill that one worker to get it over with that to me would be doing the right thing.
I would kill the one person because I wouldn't want to kill five people. Five people means more people to work on the trolly tracks so if that scenario happens again, no body would die because there will be more options than just two.
I would kill one person instead of five. That is because if I kill five people, that will haunt me for life. Now if I kill one, I wouldnt feel so terrible but I would still feel upset with myself.
If I was in the position of the driver of the trolley car, I would choose to steer onto the side track. I would do so because saving five people's lives is better than losing one. I would also like to add that if you kill all five workers, there would be less workers to work on the track. Five workers can do a lot more than just one worker. One family having to suffer over their loss is better than five families doing the same thing. Although you would have to end someone's life, that person would have saved five people.
Well....first of all...I would go ahead if there is only one person ,cause is the least number and a single one......but if there are more than 5 I will turn....I will go for the lady...
I would just kill the one then rather killing all five men. But in different situations the one man can have his life spared as well. But no matter what there is always different opinions and some people think it would be right to kill all five instead of one man . Both had no intention of dying though.
If I was the driver in this case, the humane thought would be for me to avoid hitting five and instead kill the one. It would be the obvious choice because the guilt of one person's death, even if it wasn't your fault, is horrible. And if you choose going straight you will have the guilt of killing five not one. Of course this is the humane choice but since I am the driver, and don't exactly ace math, my first thought would be five is better than one. So why not spare the one and get the five?
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In the first case I would kill one guy because if I would have killed 5 guys the it would hurt there 5 families.
In the 2nd case why would kill the fat guy I would go to jail.
I would go to the side track to kill just the one like that girl said
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If I were to be behind the wheel of the trolley i would of course turn and just risk killing one person. Although knowing that you are taking a life its much better to give that sacrifice up for five people.
i would kill the one person instead of killing the five. i will still try to warn him but that was a pretty tricky question
Sorry for not capitalizing bye see you next week
like i said i would kill the one with one person instead of five but
there is no right or wrong answer. it's anybody's opinion. so i would
pick the logic and humane way that's how i see it
First I will try with all my heart to save the workers.I will try to warn them too.I will yell "WATCH OUT I CAN'T STOP!''Then I will pull the horn and whistle.If that doesn't work I will go to the track with the one worker.I will keep tyring but if that doesn't work then the worker is dead.
If I was the person in the trolley I would turn to the side track and kill the one person, because it would be better than killing 5, but before I do, I would first try to warn the person so that the worker can avoid losing its life, but if he can't hear me, then it's dead.
If I was on the trolley car I would turned and
killed one worker, i would not want to
kill five people. I would be very sad if
i killed 5 people.
Sorry, Mr.Herr I forgot to capitalize this is the new one.
If I was on a trolley car, about to crash into the five workers I would have killed one worker. I would not want to kill five people. I would have felt terrible if I had killed all five.
I would move to the side track to save the five mens lives, but risk the other guys life. Also I could tell the guy to move or he might just move on his own.
In the first scenario I would choose to turn in order to save the five.
However, in the second one I would not push the fat man in, involving him in somthing that he had no part of before
I know a lot of people in the video said the
I would just go down the path with the one person because it's the more obvious choice, why kill more people when you can just kill one besides no hard feelings right?
Kill five, because five is better than one. >.<
Well if I was in this situation I would turn the trolley to the other side and kill the one person cause like killing one person is better than killing 5 people. I know a few people in the video said they'd go straight but what if the other workers don't move in time? They're just going to die.
I would turn to kill person and not all the five people though if their was a way to not kill any body I would take that way and neither of the other two.
I've noticed that on most replies students are rightfully indicating which path they would take with the runaway trolley; however, there are some students who are failing to indicate why they would take their chosen path. Some students seem to be slightly changing the topic by suggesting how they would try to warn or help the workers in this situation. Don't let this be your focus. Answer the question provided. Also, try to avoid making your point by asking a question. While that kind of attempt encourages more comments, it doesn't help you in your quest to provide support and evidence for your position.
If I were in control of the trolley, I would turn to the side track. The reason is that it would save more people if i go to the side track instead of the five people. Also if you turn to the side track, you would lose some velocity by turning instead of just leaving it to go straight ahead. You would have less impact and more saved people if you go to the side track.
Interesting inclusion of physics into the situation, Hector. Yes, perhaps the trolley would slow a bit upon turning to the side track. You may be on to something here. Good thinking.
When I watched the video, I had originally made the decision to turn on the side track and kill the worker that was by himself, because more lives would be saved. But my conclusion changed to not take the side track, instead to keep going straight ahead towards the direction of the five workers. The reason I would stay on the main track is because there's high chances that at least on of the workers will notice the trolley car, and warn the others to get out of the way. Therefore none of the workers would die.
If I were in this situation I would chose to take the side track and kill the one person because it is better to only kill one person instead of five. It wouldn't be wrong to keep going toward the the five workers because maybe one of them would notice the trolley, but that wouldnt work because the video said that you know whoever you hit will die.
I think that I would have to run over the one worker.
So that I would not feel so bad. But at the same time I would steel feel bad.
Mr. Herr I kept watching and I think I think that I would push the fat man on the track. The reasonI would is beacause you are like killing two people in one .
If I just had no other choice and had to make the decision, I would take the side track. That way only one life would be taken instead of five.
In my opinion I believe that one of the first things I would do would be, trying to get the attention of the workers so that no one would have to die. If that does not work I would try to move the subway to the right so that I do not kill five but, one. Also if I was the bystander I wouldn't push the fat bystander in because, I believe that if u have to kill one let them die, its their time so, as.the bystander I wouldn't push the fat man in.
faith the man said that he would have to die so you could not make a side track you would have to make a choice.
I would take the side track. I would do this because, either way I would be a murderer, but I would feel much better about only ruining one life rather than five.
If i were in this situation i would take the rail with the one worker because i would rather take one persons life instead of five workers lives because they could have families or lives ahead of them.
If I had to choose between killing one person or five people, I'd go with killing the one person. Reason being, if I killed one person I wouldn't feel as bad as if I killed five. Knowing that if I killed five people their families will feel terrible as well. It also wouldn't be my fault, it's the person that told them to be there. It is also the workers fault because, they should be able to see me coming and warn the others.
First, I would jump infront of the trolley car to slow it down, so it would injur them instead of killing them. Or I would go to the side track and kill one person instead of five. If im gonna be responsible for the death of a life, I would rather be responsiblenfor one life instead of five.
Jumping in front of the trolley will not slow it down. It will just plow right through you like nothing.
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