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03.21.2007

Lost your prefrontal lobe? Out of the boat!

Filed under: academe,random @ 19:11

From a Caltech press release: Study implies certain types of brain damage can improve utilitarian moral judgments

The study constrained itself to “utilitarian moral judgments” which were themselves limited to having only two allowed answers, so maybe people with damaged prefrontal cortexes (cortexen?) are just faster at choosing between two options. You should read the paper and let me know. I’m not going to bother :) Here’s an excerpt from the press release, though.

Quick response! What’s the best thing to do on a lifeboat with one too many people on board? Should one throw a mortally injured person overboard to ensure definite survival for everyone else, or refuse to act and ensure certain death for all individuals in the boat?

If you said “throw the injured person overboard”, science has concluded that you have brain damage.

4 Comments

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    Trent 03.24.2007 @ 23:44

    Dambed if you do, dambed if you don’t kind of question, don’t you think! Either answer would deem you have brain damage. Morally corrupt and they say you have brain damage. Rather sit around and die, arguably you have brain damage! Now I don’t feel so bad for saying ‘throw them out’……..;)

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    Matthias 05.02.2007 @ 07:16

    I was thinking: ‘Save him. Since we’re in a lifeboat with no rescue anytime soon. We might as well eat him when we need to…’

    (free after some Monty Python sketch)

    Now. Do I have brain damage or am I only thinking practical here?

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    Kolby 05.06.2007 @ 22:16

    Ah, but what if the brain damaged person is also the injured person?? My brain hurts just thinking about that.

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