Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
So we do have a mixture of question, some of which are a bit funny, most of which are morla-loaded.
We had one serious reply. So why not have a real long post?
1) Would you be willing to spend a night alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted, just for the sake of it? (knowing nothing more about the history of the house than that) There is no electricity though there is running water and other utilities, and you can bring your own flashlight and/or lantern and such. The nearest neighbors live 5 miles away.
Why? and why not? are the actual questions.
a) why I would do it: To show of. To proove something to somebody (and here we could start a lengthy discussion again).
b) why not? Because nobody will be there to adore my courage. And those I tell won't believe. Becuase it is not my house, why should I trespass? The house can't be in convinient distance to my house (I live in Germany).
2) If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?
The actual question is: How much side effect do we accept in medicine?
- As long as people know about the effects: no problem.
- Life is too precious and arthritis a comparatively "light" illness. People have to be saved from gambling their life.
- We should do more research to find out what the 1%-issue is about, so we can either prevent people who would be affected or find a formulation which is also non-lethal to them.
3) You discover that your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. What would you do? Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the "mistake"?
The question is: how did I find out? Will the other parents find out? possible answers anyway
- Indeed I would like my own child, regardless.
- I would want the child which got the good head start from my superior education....
- I would sue the hospital (or whoever is responsible for the exchange).
- I would not want to know.
- I would find out my child and discuss with the other parents what to do in a civil manner.
4) Would you accept $1,000,000 in U.S. dollars (or the equivelant in whatever currency) to leave your country and never set foot in it again?
One possible answer: yes. The question here is how much would your patriotism be worth? 1 million, 1 billion,...? Is every person to be bought with money?
5) Which gender do you think has it easier in our culture?
none. Only possible answer. People have difficulties not genders.
6) (For this question, if you're currently in a mate relationship then answer as if you were single) You have the chance to meet someone with whom you can have the most satisfying love imaginable -- the stuff of dreams. However, you know that in six months the person will have sex with someone else, and then when you eventually find out they will leave you for them and want nothing more to do with you. Knowing the pain that would follow, would you still want to meet the person and fall in love and experience the 6 months of bliss? You would forget your foreknowledge of the events in store for you, too.
Absolutely silly question. It anticipates something (the new lover) as truth already. A reasonable question would be if the person would die or if the person would become unfaithful.
In the first case I could still reason that for the person it would also be bliss. Which would still be a win/win.
In the second I could still imagine that I can try hartd enough to keep them from becoming unfaithful.
7) If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, to greatly benefit all of humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount [10%] to your family?
yes. Only possible answer.
This question is only of any importnace for rich people with poor possible heirs. Most people won't inherit any sum that will make a real difference. Rich people tend to get a very good start anyway and don't need the inheritance. Poor people won't inherit anything worth bothering.
Rich people with poor relatives are either stingy or have good reasons not to leave them anything regardless.
8) Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would 'somehow' end all hunger in the world?
No. Only possible answer.
The mechanism by which the hunger of the world would be obsolete by a single murder is unclear as is the timeframe in which the hunger is not reoccuring. If the one person would be the one doing the maldistribution they wouldn't be innocent.
9) Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use, or be able to give $1000 anonymously to 100 strangers? You can't pick who it's given to, though you know that all of the people could really use the money.
Probably the correct wording would be: $1000 dollars to each of 100 persons, other wise the only possible answer is give me the 10000 I will distribute 100 from that.
The answer is that 10.000$ won't make a real difference to me (in the long run). The 1.000$ for each of 100 persons would be the better investment. The question remains: who is offeringh this and why.
10) Would you be willing to give up half of what you now own (randomly selected) for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?
- If a person can't press all they want to do (and can afford to do) in their life the answer is yes.
- If persons have enough time anyway the asnwer is no.
11) If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it?
The answer give us an insight in why you are engaged to be married. You can pull out of it without anybody having the right to judge you. The more difficult answer is: if you become the tetraplegic would you insist on pulling it through?
12) You are offered $1,000,000 USD (or the equivalent in whatever currency) for the following act: Before you are ten pistols -- only one of which is loaded. You must pick up one of the pistols, point it at your forehead, and pull the trigger. If you can do this and walk away you do so a millionaire. Would you accept the risk?
A lot of people will for less money, some won't for any amount of money. The underlying question is: Can money buy happiness? (If I will rather die than not having the money, what is my life worth?)
13) Someone very close to you is in pain, paralyzed, and you 'somehow' know for certain that they will die within a month. He begs you to give him a fast-acting, painless poison so that he can die. No one else would ever know. Would you?
Can I lay my hands on said poison? and how? In Germany you can't legally obtain it as normla person. Persons who are able to obtain it face much greater penalty for assisting a suicide.
Generally speaking: There are people willingly helping people to get substances and there are people fighting for the lives of others who don't give a ... for their own life.
14) If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, or masseuse, which would you choose?
In ym case: the cook. But a person in need of regular massage or unable to drice themselves will choose differently. This question only shows the specific needs of the replyer.
15) Do you feel ill at ease going out to see a movie by yourself?
It will depend on the film.. The question here is if I am happy alone or need someone to share.
16) Do you feel ill at ease going out to dinner at a resturaunt by yourself?
17) For $35,000 USD, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone until after the three months is up.
Underlying question: what would you do for money. Probably the amount would play a role for several people. Question how much money will buy you?
18) Would you be willing to have your left middle finger surgically removed if it 'somehow' guaranteed you immunity from all diseases?
Will depend on how "sure" a person is.
19) You 'somehow' know for certain that you will die of an incurable disease within three months. Would you allow yourself to be cryogenically frozen *within the week* if you knew it would give you a modest chance of being revived in 1,000 years and living a greatly extended life?
For most people: No way: what exactly is a modest chance? and ever thought what a medivial person would do today? Do you really believe you can adjust?
20) You are leading 100 people in a survivalist situation, when suddenly your lives are in danger and you must choose between two courses of action. One would cause 10 of the people to die and everyone else would live, the other would have a 70% chance of saving everyone but were it to fail then everyone would die. Which would you choose?