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I'm going to list these dilemmas and I want you to see if you can divide them into groups; which one of these things do you think is not like the other - if we play that old Sesame Street game. [Playing of song from Sesame Street]. So here's dilemma number 1; here we have this nice, little girl, she's studying at home, but it turns out that her mom has two different priorities in her life, on the one hand her daughter is facing this final in third grade math, which she could really use her mommy's help for, but mom has also got an elderly mother who needs help moving tonight. The question is who is she going to spend the evening with? Should she work with her daughter, is that her best priority, or should she spend time helping her mom?
Moral dilemma number 2; you have a woman who is dying, she really has almost no hope but the question is do you take her off the respirator or you just keep on going? The family wants to do one thing, the doctors want to do the other, what's the right thing to do?
Number 3, here's a guy and he's been writing math problems on his arm. So imagine in our scenario the teacher hasn't caught him yet - like he caught him in this cartoon - but the teacher is getting suspicious. You are Bob's friend - this over here we're going to say is Bob - Bob comes to you and wants you to help him cover up, help sort of lie to the teacher to protect him from being evicted from the school essentially. So what would you do? Would you lie for Bob? Or would you tell the truth and allow your friend to be kicked out of school?
Finally, it's a dark, cold evening and you are driving your Suburban in Manhattan, and as you're driving out you hear this sort of sickening thud and you look behind you and there's this Jaguar right in back of you, this huge, dent in the front, and the question is, do you leave a note? Or you look around, there's nobody around, do you just kind of go on and leave?
So those are the moral dilemmas. Just to review them; you have your daughter is studying for the test and do you help your daughter, do you help your mom? You've got the woman with the respirator, should she be taken off the respirator or not? Should you lie to protect your friend? And over here, are you going to leave, are you going to stay and write a note? So those are the four moral dilemmas, are those moral dilemmas created equal? Or do they divide naturally into two groups; real dilemmas and not real dilemmas? On what basis would you make those groupings?
So see if you can divide them into two groups, but also challenge yourself and ask on what criteria are you dividing them into one group or another? How would you describe the first group? How is it different from the second group? Okay. So see what you come up with and let's compare notes.
1. The Lullaby Effect
2. Kinds of Questions
3. The Mystery of the Pre-Tree World
4. The Tale of Two Trees
5. Heisenberg and the Uncertainty Principle
6. The Primal Serpent
7. A Perplexing Temptation
8. A Naked Paradox
9. A Snake in the Garden
10. Beasts of the Field
11. Beauty and the Beast
12. What Does It Mean to Know?
13. A World of Broccoli and Pizza
14. Are All Dilemmas Created Equal?
15. The Phantom Boxer
16. The I of the Beholder
17. The Filter of Desire
18. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Disc Jockey
19. Epilogue: God as Knower of Good and Evil (Premium)
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