October 16th, 2006

Ceci n'est pas une personne.

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So I was listenning to NPR on the way into Port Townsend on Friday night on their show was discussing bio-ethic. Not the normal kind, but the ethics that are in grainned in your genetic code.

To give you an example...

If you were in a situation where one man could live or 5 other people. Would you pull a lever and kill the man to save the 5 people?

9 out of 10 people say they would.

Now if instead of pulling the lever, you have to push the man in front of an on coming train, would you do it?

9 out of 10 people say no, even though the results would be the same.

This reluctance to directly kill another people is biologically coded in our system.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting and wanted to share.

If you want to listen to the show and discuss it, it the Friday the 13th on Radio Lab.
Ceci n'est pas une personne.

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Hobbies for retirees (from my Dad, who is not quite retired yet...):

The other day I went into town and went into a shop. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?" He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres. So I called him a rude name . He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Personally, I didn't care. I came into town by bus. I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. It's important at my age.