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Hypothetical "What do you save" situation
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Which do you save?
The Human
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The Collected Works of Shakespeare
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But something that saves your life has a special place. When something is that important in memory, then something equaly important has to be put in place of the item in question. What about Kepler's paper instead?

'Course, I may just want everyone to play nice even when I agree with TDD.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lifejacket can save your life. It doesn’t make it more important than someone else’s actual life.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't make one lifejacket more important than one life, but it may make the whole concept, the totality of lifejackets, more important than one life.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you could give to me a figure for the number of lives Shakespeare has saved it wouldn’t matter, I could not let a human being die to save paper.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I could, either, but I'm not convinced it is necessarily the ethically superior option... at the very least, I can't find fault with those would choose otherwise.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can, but then I'm drunk and judgemental.

Like I said, there will be other life-saving literary works, but you're talking, albeit hypothetically, about killing an actual human being.

That just ain't right.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we could make the choice a bit more unfair and dramatic, say, replace the works of Shakespeare with the cure for polio. Would the immediacy of the single human life still trump?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shakespeare himself would kick you square in the nuts for even thinking of saving the book instead of the man.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:03 am    Post subject: lol Reply with quote







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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



You should indulge in some shocking artform that will inspire people to endlessly debate over it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snorri wrote:
I don't care about people.

Yeah. Sorry.

I voted for the book. I'd always vote for the book. Unless it were one of those thick paperbacks with raised, shiny writing, where the author's name is bigger than the book's. Then I'd be glad to see it die.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in reality, i'd probably actually save the person. but i'm just naturally contrary, and i do care for shakespeare very very much.

hmm. why not let the person themself choose? (that is, the person needing rescue?) i guess, rereading the original question, that there wouldn't be time to explain the situation and get their opinion. but this seems to me the best option.

also, sam is the greatest ever.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and this is why Nathan and Sam are two of my favorite people ever.

I'd save the person. I'm generally misanthropic and unsympathetic and I think Shakespeare's brilliant, but I would save the person.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katrin wrote:


You should indulge in some shocking artform that will inspire people to endlessly debate over it.
You rang?Marik's old comic.
*cough*
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Hypothetical "What do you save" situation Reply with quote

RebelYello wrote:
The premise: A strange malady has struck the universe, and all knowledge of the text of Shakespeare's works has been eradicated. People who used to know every line of the play cannot remember even one of them, not even the names of the performances. All reference has mysteriously been eradicated, vanished from pages and computers and all forms of media. Everyone is wandering around, keenly aware of the person known as Shakespeare, and they remember that he was perhaps the most important writer in the history of the world. They just can't find his works, or remember them anymore. All they have is cruel hints, such as half-constructed sets and costume closets for plays they were previously preparing to perform, vanished playbooks and empty spaces in libraries, and strangely blank sections of textbooks and history books.

But one complete copy was left unscathed. This last remaining source of Shakespeare's collected works are sitting comfortably in a burning building. Elsewhere in the building is an anonymous human being of indeterminate age and origin.

The universe, in its inexplicable wisdom, has decided to make it so you only have time to save one while the other perishes. Will you save the human being and leave the world without Shakespeare, or will you sacrifice the human and recover the bard's tales?

Please explain your answer.
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