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An ethical dilemma - who would you kill?

Been reading a stack of New Scientist magazines passed on to me via a mate in Wellington (cheers Amanda) and in one was an article regarding ethical decisions and how we make them. The article was mildly interesting but no decision chart was presented so I'm gonna have to make such decisions using the flip of a coin as per normal.

They did however kick off the article with an ethical dilemma:
A runaway trolley car is hurtling down a track. In its path are five people who will definitely be killed unless you, a bystander, flip a switch which will divert it on to another track, where it will kill one person. Should you flip the switch?

Once you've answered that how about this twist:
A runaway trolley car is hurtling down a track. In its path are five people who will definitely be killed unless you, a bystander, push a large man standing next to you into its path thus stopping the trolley but killing the man. Should you push the man?

Same logical outcome as before (either one person dies or five) but the second scenario is much harder to make.

The BBC have a stack of these dilemmas for you to answer: What if ...

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