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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:51 PM
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Poll question: Would you "collaterally" kill another child if you had to in order to
prevent your own child from being killed?

I realize that this is a nasty poll, but I ask you to not answer it without thought. Basically, if you had to kill (indirectly or otherwise) an innocent child or other person in order to prevent one of your family members from being killed in a war, would you do it (or agree with it?)

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:52 PM
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1. Is This Really Necessary, Sir?
Please think again.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:58 PM
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5. We've been discussing our country's reaction to terrorism.
I think it's entirely necessary.

It's a nasty poll, but many ethical questions are just this bad. I encountered these in my philosophy classes all the time. It shouldn't be that hard to deal with.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:01 PM
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9. ...
"It shouldn't be that hard to deal with."

Wha??? It shouldn't be that hard to contemplate killing an innocent person to save another person?

Yeah, ok. Well, it's hard for ME to contemplate something like that. Hell I can't even make my brain GO there.

I guess it's a limitation of mine. I tell my brain "killing of innocent person" and it just goes "NO" before I can finish with the condition of it.


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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:02 PM
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11. It's inflammatory, as it was intended to be.
You aren't "teaching" anyone anything with polls like this. You're not the only DUer who majored in psychology--I majored in history and would never ask DUers to choose between killing a German or a Jew. It's just pointless.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:05 PM
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13. No, it's not meant to be inflammatory. I want to know what our PRIORITIES
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:06 PM by BullGooseLoony
are.

And I didn't major in psychology, and I'm not trying to teach anybody anything. I trying to provoke real discussion, here.

This is the same kind of thing you get asked in front of the draft board.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 PM
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14. So, you say this poll is ok because it's relevant, or because it's...
something that was brought up in a psychology class, or because the Enola Gay pilot faced the same question, and, finally, because draft boards ask the same question.

Uh huh. Crystal clear, aren't you.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 PM
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15. It's seems disturbed.
I would hope that the OP be reconsidered.
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:53 PM
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2. I'll decide when I have to. I call to boycott this nonsense.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:57 PM
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3. I agree this poll is sick... sick... sick.... nonsense.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:02 PM
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10. No it's not. This is the question the bomber in the Enola Gay faced.
I admit it's tough, but it's certainly relevant.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:05 PM
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12. What? The enola gay bomber had the choice of dropping a bomb...
on his child or someone else's? No, I don't think his orders gave him a choice.

You have yet to show relevance. We aren't stupid. We all know that every person is a mother's child. But your poll has no relevance to current geopolitical realities.

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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:58 PM
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4. What is the purpose of this poll?
Disgusting.
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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:59 PM
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6. Sort of a cross between
the "Prisoner's Dilemma" and "Sophie's Choice." I suspect that I might just freeze up like Robbie the Robot when given conflicting directives.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:59 PM
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7. I can't even answer this.
I can't even wrap my mind around it.

Sorry, no, can't do it.

No answer.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:01 PM
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8. Circumstances would dictate
Horrible poll that it is, it's a question that makes anyone uncomfortable. It's also one that no parent would ever want to face.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 PM
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16. Locking.
This is inflammatory, as the Original Poster noted.
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