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Date Posted: 20:07:24 02/07/18 Wed
Author: TurtleBoy
Subject: So I just took a morality test, and I'm not entirely sure of the results :D

It's developed by the University of Oxford and basically measures how utilitarian you are... I got 38 out of 63, which their explanation of this is: "You agree with some of utilitarianism, but haven’t received your membership card yet."

Er... Yeah, so I don't think the end always justifies the means. Some of the questions really make you think, though. What would you do if you were actually told that if you don't torture this innocent person, millions will die? Is the moral thing honestly to say yes and torture the guy? It's all pretty much circumstantial, I'd think. You can't just ask that simple question without detailed context of the situation. Like if you have the option to save either one person, or a bus full of people, who do you save? What if that one person would have become the guy who solves global warming forever and you just let him die?

Basically, you have to make a split-second decision based on the current data available to you, and I don't believe that there is a wrong answer. Saving more lives isn't necessarily better, is it? There's just too many variables that could be at play. So yes, I did say that I'd chop off my leg if it meant I could save a life, and I'd donate my kidney if someone needed it... I think. But would I let one person die so that more people could live? I honestly couldn't say. I don't believe any single person holds more value than any other person, so if put up against the odds, is it safe to say that multiple persons are more valuable than the one? What if the scale wasn't so even? What if there was a chance that if I let the one person die to save the others, there was still a chance they'd die as well. Most importantly, what moron put me in charge of so many people's lives?

http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/test/how-utilitarian-are-you-the-oxford-utilitarianism-scale/

This is why I don't philosophate in public. It's always messy.

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