View Poll Results: Would you sacrifice yourself? [Multiple Choice]

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  • For a loved one's life?

    21 91.30%
  • For an innocent's life?

    9 39.13%
  • For anyone's life?

    4 17.39%
  • To protect a person from non-fatal harm? Please explain.

    4 17.39%
  • Do nothing?

    1 4.35%
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Thread: Would you Die?

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    Re: Would you Die?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I think it's natural that law enforcement, and perhaps military personnel would answer this question a bit differently from others. For instance, I personally wouldn't commit to #3. But I think that when a police officer does such a thing, he or she may not be doing it purely for the sake of that person. It may also involve an idealistic, altruistic, and/or emotional attachment to the badge and what it stands for (to Protect and Serve), and allegiance to the rule of law.
    it's the same for paramedics.

    i've been to more than my fair share of accidents where a drunk driver has killed or caused irrepairable damage to someone else. i can't discriminate against him/her. if their injuries are more severe than someone innocent who is still breathing then i will still attend to them first.

    clearly the people making these decisions to put others lives in danger don't value my life as much as i value theirs.
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    Re: Would you Die?

    depends on the situation. I'd risk my life for people who have harm being done to them... not really sacrifice though. If a guy told me to slit my throat in order for one random person to live i wouldn't do it.

    I'd probably take a bullet for a random child or a pretty lass

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    Re: Would you Die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    it's the same for paramedics.

    i've been to more than my fair share of accidents where a drunk driver has killed or caused irrepairable damage to someone else. i can't discriminate against him/her. if their injuries are more severe than someone innocent who is still breathing then i will still attend to them first.

    clearly the people making these decisions to put others lives in danger don't value my life as much as i value theirs.
    I think drunks ought to be left there to die. Scum bags.
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    Re: Would you Die?

    I'm very happy that our system function irrespective of value judgements -- at least, as much as possible with a system where humans are involved.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Would you Die?

    It'd be far too circumstantial to say.

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    Re: Would you Die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    But why? Aren't all lives precious?
    All life is precious, but that doesn't mean it's my responsibility to be involved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Only certain lives matter to you?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    What if by your perception you merely disliked the person? Would you allow him/her to die?
    That's not the consciousness I operate in. Whether or not I like them is not relevant to the fact that it's not my responsibility to help everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Furthermore, how could you die for the ones you selected? We humans are deceitful. We have numerous flaws, so why die for them?
    Maybe some day you will love someone enough that self-sacrifice would make sense. A lot of people sacrifice for their loved ones already. They may not be dying, but they have given up aspects of themselves and their lives for the benefit of another.

    It happens all the time, in varying degrees. Just because someone won't make the ultimate sacrifice doesn't mean people aren't giving constantly.

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    Re: Would you Die?

    The facts are, in this world people have to protect their families and do what is necessary. Helping strangers is not that high on my list of priorities, especially during times like these.
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    Re: Would you Die?

    A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

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    Re: Would you Die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I have a few questions regarding life and sacrifice.


    1. Would you sacrifice yourself to save a loved one?
    Yes. I can say this for sure.


    2. Would you die for an innocent person?
    Couldn't answer this one because I don't know how I would react if faced with that situation.

    3. Would you die to save any person?
    see my response to 2

    4. Would you die to see any of these three escape harm?
    This one was easy to answer with yes. I have a son, and I have a father who suffered serious brain damage. I wouldn't even hesitate to sacrifice myself to prevent my son from ending up like my father.

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    Re: Would you Die?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I'm going to wait and find out what Wake really created this thread for, since I caught a whift of "bait and switch" when I opened it. If it turns out to be straight forward, without any "aha, gotcha!" moments, then I might give thought to a serious reply.
    I am so very dubious, DiAnna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    A perfectly natural and reasonable position. Bad in the "old days", single men were preferred for high-risk missions...
    True, this. Grandpa was one of those men.

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    yeah wake! What did you really start this thread for? I just know there's a hidden agenda here.

    But no, I was thinking of the last episode of Mash. As far as who discerns other people's worth, we all do it. Most people choose whatever is easiest for them.
    Good point. But does that make it right? It can be so frustrating asking philosophical questions whose answers will never grace your soul.

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    It'd be far too circumstantial to say.
    I deal with this as well. We say we value human life... but to an extent. ...odd. Such emphasis on the humanity of life, yet with such certain, sharp limits. It almost seems ironic.

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    The facts are, in this world people have to protect their families and do what is necessary. Helping strangers is not that high on my list of priorities, especially during times like these.
    It is how certain humans behave. Even if all humans behaved in such a way, does that make it right? ...

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