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Pooka
10-25-2007, 12:02 AM
I got this poll idea from ethics class yesterday.

There's a burning building and trapped in it are two people. One is your loving father who is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, the other is an award winning scientist who claims to have developed a cure for cancer.

You can only save one person, who is it?

Fire Away
10-25-2007, 12:06 AM
I got this poll idea from ethics class yesterday.

There's a burning building and trapped in it are two people. One is your loving father who is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, the other is an award winning scientist who claims to have developed a cure for cancer.

You can only save one person, who is it?

I'm aware it's a selfish decision, but I think I'd say my father.

Charbok
10-25-2007, 12:06 AM
Tough choice...
The logical choice would be to choose the scientist, but my heart would tell me the opposite.

I'd want to save the scientist but in the midst of hte chaos I'd probably save my father.

Lonliness
10-25-2007, 12:09 AM
I would say my father.

Pooka
10-25-2007, 12:13 AM
I'd probably go for the scientist. If my father wasn't disabled then I'm sure I'd go straight for him but I think the fact the he's handicapped would be enough to sway me into making the decision of saving the scientist instead.

Mitsuzo-kun
10-25-2007, 12:14 AM
Jee, Pooka, what a depressing poll. -_-

Well... I'd save my father. I know that the man says he's made a cure for cancer, but you can't be 100% sure that he's not just saying that so you'll rescue him. And he might be wrong anyways.

But even saying that, I think most people would save family.

Nitro
10-25-2007, 12:17 AM
Me? I'd save my father.

Ranma
10-25-2007, 12:20 AM
I would save the scientist or just run out before I die.

Xerion
10-25-2007, 12:21 AM
I'da save my dad. I could just ask the scientest the cure for cancer before we leave. Plus the scientist legs work, he should get up and use them

-Xerion

Tamer Marco
10-25-2007, 01:23 AM
Wow, a tough poll question.

I think I would save the scientist, because he could end up saving a lot more people than allowing my dad to live.

Stinky
10-25-2007, 01:28 AM
Hmm... At the moment, I'm saying scientist, but who knows what would actually happen. It's one of those thing where you really don't know what you'll do until it actually happens.

Midnight
10-25-2007, 01:32 AM
My father in a wheelchair? Rejoice! :D
I hate my father; he is selfish and never pays child support.
To hell with him! *saves teh scientist* >3

Fire Away
10-25-2007, 01:35 AM
I'da save my dad. I could just ask the scientest the cure for cancer before we leave. Plus the scientist legs work, he should get up and use them

-Xerion

The dilemma of the question is is that death is certain for the one you don't save, and that it's not as easy as 'asking him' about the cure. If the scientist dies, most of the progress he's made dies with him.

That's why this is a hard choice to make.

PalkiaAndBlisseyrock
10-25-2007, 01:53 AM
My dad...

Uh, whats my dad doing in a burning building with a famous scientist anyways? o.O

Bryce
10-25-2007, 01:57 AM
;_;

No doubt about it, i would save my Father...

no reason why, because on a snap decision, you would want to save the person that is closest to you...

@Midnight: Notice, the 1st post says "loving father" =P

Midnight
10-25-2007, 02:09 AM
@Midnight: Notice, the 1st post says "loving father" =P

I know; mine is kinda loving. >_>
*coughkindaobsessedismorelikeitcough*

^^

Xerion
10-25-2007, 02:16 AM
My father in a wheelchair? Rejoice! :D
I hate my father; he is selfish and never pays child support.
To hell with him! *saves teh scientist* >3
Neither does mines, but I still love him, but I'm pretty sure deep, deep, deep, very,very,very deep, like in the cracks of your heart, you love him.

The dilemma of the question is is that death is certain for the one you don't save, and that it's not as easy as 'asking him' about the cure. If the scientist dies, most of the progress he's made dies with him.

That's why this is a hard choice to make.Yet the scientest can still walk, what's so special about me? I mean how could I save my father, I don't have super strength, I can't fly. So what?

-Xerion

Tamer Marco
10-25-2007, 02:25 AM
I'da save my dad. I could just ask the scientest the cure for cancer before we leave. Plus the scientist legs work, he should get up and use them

-Xerion

Actually what you're doing in this case is getting your dad, doubling back to scientist, and begin asking him for the cure. You can't encounter both of them, someone is gonna fry. :p

Stubby Boardman
10-25-2007, 02:27 AM
well id say the father would be a lot harder to save and if the scientist is really telling the truth ther could be lots more lives that would be saved so id chance it with the scientist

grovyle1221
10-25-2007, 02:33 AM
No matter what, it would be my dad.

even if the guy DID have a cure- the friend i loved is dead anyways. :-(

Midnight
10-25-2007, 02:37 AM
Neither does mines, but I still love him, but I'm pretty sure deep, deep, deep, very,very,very deep, like in the cracks of your heart, you love him.

-Xerion

No thanks.
I'm 100% sure I don't love him. :3

Xerion
10-25-2007, 02:57 AM
Actually what you're doing in this case is getting your dad, doubling back to scientist, and begin asking him for the cure. You can't encounter both of them, someone is gonna fry. :pStill trying to figure out why the scientist can't leave with me, he has legs and she didn't say he couldn't run out.

-Xerion

Tamer Marco
10-25-2007, 03:02 AM
The entire point of the question is that you can only save one person, it doesn't matter if they can walk or not.

Maybe they're trapped in a burnt up room in the house. :/

Bulletangel
10-25-2007, 03:10 AM
You guys look for the loopholes in every situation. Well this time, there's no loopholes. Its just one, or the other. A simple yes or no answer.

And i'd save the scientist. I mean, fair enough you love your dad, but if he was such an honourable man he would hope you took the fully capable man with you. At least you're safe, and alive. That's what he'd care about most.
And the scientist? Well he could help save all those young children trapped in hospital wards with no hair and 30 days to live.
Even though your father has had a hard life, these kids wont even get the chance to have that.

I think, they'd like a hard life over none at all. Save the scientist, save the kids.
Stop being so selfish.

Xerion
10-25-2007, 06:19 AM
You guys look for the loopholes in every situation. Well this time, there's no loopholes. Its just one, or the other. A simple yes or no answer.

And i'd save the scientist. I mean, fair enough you love your dad, but if he was such an honourable man he would hope you took the fully capable man with you. At least you're safe, and alive. That's what he'd care about most.
And the scientist? Well he could help save all those young children trapped in hospital wards with no hair and 30 days to live.
Even though your father has had a hard life, these kids wont even get the chance to have that.

I think, they'd like a hard life over none at all. Save the scientist, save the kids.
Stop being so selfish.

Just because you pick your father that dosen't make you selfish. Your father(well most) give birth to you. If the scientist was so smart, he would have told someone the cure for cancer :rolleyes:. Unless he was like Jimmy Netron and had a brain blast in the middle of a burning building :rolleyes:. If he was so smart, he would have told someone. You also said he was fully capaable, meaning he could leave! But that is a loophole and I'll kick that one out.

Sure, you'll save a bunch a kinds, old people, and everyone else with cancer. They'd just need to make the best of those 30 days. Yes call me heartless, but whatever, people die everyday.

-Xerion

Team Pokemon
10-25-2007, 05:11 PM
I would ask the scientist what is the cure, write it down and then I would save my dad.

Bulletangel
10-25-2007, 05:19 PM
I would ask the scientist what is the cure, write it down and then I would save my dad.
There's no time to ask that xS
You either save the scientist, or daddy dearest. Thats what this is about.
Would you sacrifice the ones you love for the lifes of a million others who have loved ones?

earth_type_rule
10-25-2007, 05:31 PM
The scientist. I have no father :susp:

TayyabX
10-25-2007, 06:42 PM
Just because you pick your father that dosen't make you selfish. Your father(well most) give birth to you. If the scientist was so smart, he would have told someone the cure for cancer :rolleyes:. Unless he was like Jimmy Netron and had a brain blast in the middle of a burning building :rolleyes:. If he was so smart, he would have told someone. You also said he was fully capaable, meaning he could leave! But that is a loophole and I'll kick that one out.

Sure, you'll save a bunch a kinds, old people, and everyone else with cancer. They'd just need to make the best of those 30 days. Yes call me heartless, but whatever, people die everyday.

-Xerion

True, and if he used the computer to save the file, whatever computer type he has, it has to be connected to somewhere else, just like a real scientist...
Anyways, I would have picked my father... =P

Yes, and he would have told someone else xD
If he just got the answer in that building...
how can he know for sure? Someone with cancer in there???

Yggdrasill
10-25-2007, 07:48 PM
The Scientist, easily. I hate my Father.

TeirusuFX
10-25-2007, 08:10 PM
And now...a quote from Snape...when he talks about the Potions O.W.L...

The scientist, and make my dad jump out the window and I'll break his fall

"...I expect you to scrape an 'acceptable' in your O.W.L., or suffer my...displeasure."

Snow Fairy Sugar
10-27-2007, 07:38 AM
I'd save the scientist, because by doing so, more people will be saved in the future..and it's for the greater good. I know my dad will want me to do that.

SunshineWingull
10-27-2007, 02:41 PM
I'd save ANYONE over my father. He has tried to kill my entire family, NEVER paid a full payment of child support, is literally always drunk, tells me to call my mom a b****, takes cocaine and marijuana, thinks I'm going into 1st grade when I'm in 6th, my presents are BROKEN LITTLE-KID MOVIES, MCDONALD'S TOYS, OR SOMETHING WINNIE-THE-POOH, AND ONLY AS SMALL AS A POSTER OR WALLET AT THAT! He "celebrated" my birthday on THANKSGIVING! How off, Dad! It's been on TV and almost won an Emmy. If my father did one murder, I would rather be in jail because of murdering him than knowing that his crime will go unpunished. He doesn't care about jail, and the court always gives him more chances or they can't do it 'cause he's DRUNK! It's really sad...

JentleViolence
10-27-2007, 08:51 PM
I'da save my dad. I could just ask the scientest the cure for cancer before we leave. Plus the scientist legs work, he should get up and use them
-Xerion

Exactly! Besides, why would I be in the burning building anyway?

I'd save my father because the scientist should be able to save himself if I can save one of them.

Operative
10-27-2007, 09:26 PM
My father hands down!

Pikachu025
10-27-2007, 10:49 PM
Father! He did a lot of good things for me.

maddiesapphire
10-27-2007, 10:52 PM
my dad, cause i love him more than the scientist. but if there was a way to save both, i would

_AshenEagle_
10-28-2007, 07:07 PM
I would save the scientist,reason being he has the cure for cancer and can help alot of people , and my father surely would understand that

Adorable_Umbreon
10-28-2007, 07:13 PM
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Fire Away
10-28-2007, 07:36 PM
You guys are looking at this question too logically. The point is is that you can ONLY SAVE ONE. If you don't save the scientist who has the cure for cancer, it dies with him. No, 'well, he can move himself' or, 'he probably has it saved'. That's not included in the question, so forget about it. The decision is picking your father or the man who could save countless lives.

Sixto
10-28-2007, 11:14 PM
My father. If he's anything like the father I have now, then him. The scientist must've written down his findings on paper, so I'd grab my dad and the scientist's studies and get the hell out of there. :tongue3:

Jack of Clovers
10-31-2007, 06:46 PM
Family is one of the most important relationships we can have. I'd save my father.

~Jack~

Ataro
11-01-2007, 01:46 AM
Although saving the scientist would be more meaningful, I choose Father still. Afterall, his my real blood father. :tongue:

Fever
11-01-2007, 06:59 PM
Daddy!

There's no right or wrong answer to this question, really. Your heart makes the decision for you. *coughmushycrudcough*

I know that it sounds selfish, but my dad. Every time. We don't get on, and we're pretty distant with each other, but I love him. End of.

Stardy
11-01-2007, 07:05 PM
I would say myself, but theres no option.

Sciantist, he could save millions of people, and if we can cure cancer, in future we should be able to reverse death (Like 3000X, or 49,999,999)

AmericanTreeFrog
11-01-2007, 07:10 PM
My father. Why in hell would you save a scientist rather than your father? The scientist might come with a brilliant cure or something but they scientists would have all that information backed up somewhere. Plus, there would be know way of knowing whether he/she could come up with something so complex.

Shiny Loser
11-02-2007, 09:15 AM
I'd definitely save my father, because the scientist only claims to have cured cancer, and it would be a terrible loss for me if I saved the scientist only to find out that his treatment is ineffective.

Uh, whats my dad doing in a burning building with a famous scientist anyways? o.O

I just have to xD at your randomness.