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The Trolley Problem

Updated Tuesday, 18th November 2014

This animation looks at what can be perceived as right or wrong with the use of a trolley metaphor. 

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A runaway train is heading towards five workers on a railway line. There’s no way of warning them. But you’re standing near a lever that operates some points. Switch the points and the train goes down a ‘spur’. Trouble is, there’s another worker on that bit of track too. But it’s one fatality instead of five. Should you do that? 

 

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