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Old 11-09-07   #1
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Hypothetical Question...

Hypothetically speaking - lets say you have an opportunity to win $1,000,000 in a contest. To win - you must choose from one of the following five options:

"Punch" option ---- You will be punched in the face, just once, by a big fat man. The punch is guaranteed not to be fatal nor to cause brain damage, but you will likely sustain a nasty injury such as a split lip, black eye or perhaps even a broken nose. After being punched - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Bomb" option ---- Nothing will happen to you. However, you will start the countdown on a huge bomb that is hidden deep inside the center of the Earth. The bomb is large enough that, when detonated, it will cause devastating earth quakes and floods all over the planet. The bomb is completely undetectable and can not be disarmed. However it will not detonate until exactly 5,000 years in the future. As soon as the countdown has started - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Insults" option ---- Twenty people will shout terrible insults and obscenities at you for one full hour. These people will not come into physical contact with you nor harm you, but they will say all sorts of horrible and upsetting things to you. After one full hour of intense verbal abuse - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Magic" option ---- Your personality and ethical convictions will be painlessly altered in some unknown way by a magic spell. The alteration will be instantaneous and will not affect your memory, cause brain damage nor result in any physical harm of any kind. After the alteration - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Nothing" option ---- None of the above. Nothing happens to you or anyone else, but you will NOT be given any money.

Which option would you choose first? Second? Third? Etc...???
Please list them like so ... (with "1" listed as your first choice, "2" as your next choice, and so on...)
1 - option name
2 - option name
3 - option name
4 - option name
5 - option name
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Old 11-10-07   #2
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And this is philosophically relevant how?
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to see what people will do for money?

i heard something like this on a christian network discussion, the pastor was going on about what percentage would do immoral things for ten thousand dollars...they were high percentages, but more practical choices.

what wicked power does the world have over the earth that makes it such a necessary source for people to get into trouble with?
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I wouldn't want the million anyways.. Just enough to get me totally removed from debt, cost of a decent used car, and 2K in the bank to cover emergencies.
Then i would just continue on as normal, but be able to afford everything i have now without the garnishments that i have currently.
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Hypothetically speaking - lets say you have an opportunity to win $1,000,000 in a contest. To win - you must choose from one of the following five options:

"Punch" option ---- You will be punched in the face, just once, by a big fat man. The punch is guaranteed not to be fatal nor to cause brain damage, but you will likely sustain a nasty injury such as a split lip, black eye or perhaps even a broken nose. After being punched - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Bomb" option ---- Nothing will happen to you. However, you will start the countdown on a huge bomb that is hidden deep inside the center of the Earth. The bomb is large enough that, when detonated, it will cause devastating earth quakes and floods all over the planet. The bomb is completely undetectable and can not be disarmed. However it will not detonate until exactly 5,000 years in the future. As soon as the countdown has started - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Insults" option ---- Twenty people will shout terrible insults and obscenities at you for one full hour. These people will not come into physical contact with you nor harm you, but they will say all sorts of horrible and upsetting things to you. After one full hour of intense verbal abuse - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Magic" option ---- Your personality and ethical convictions will be painlessly altered in some unknown way by a magic spell. The alteration will be instantaneous and will not affect your memory, cause brain damage nor result in any physical harm of any kind. After the alteration - you will be given the $1,000,000!

"Nothing" option ---- None of the above. Nothing happens to you or anyone else, but you will NOT be given any money.

Which option would you choose first? Second? Third? Etc...???
Please list them like so ... (with "1" listed as your first choice, "2" as your next choice, and so on...)
1 - option name
2 - option name
3 - option name
4 - option name
5 - option name
They seem kind of disproportionate.. A punch in the face versus a worldwide catastrophe caused by a giant bomb? A handful of insults versus having your personality and convictions altered to god knows what? But I get where you're going.

I'd take the insults. Insults don't bother me. Or the punch in the face. The other two cash winning options don't fly for me.
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Insults - they don't really bother me. besides, if there are 20 people shouting at once I doubt I'll be able to tune into one more than the other.
Punch - I've taken punches before. Split lips are bad, but not that bad. The money will last longer than the pain
Bomb - I'm pretty sure the human race will kill themselves out and everything living on this earth by then.
Nothing - I'm happy with the way things are now
Magic - I finally know who I am, I don't want anyone changing it.


What’s this for anyway? Just curious?
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1 Magic
2 Insults
3 Punch
4 Nothing
5 Bomb (though technically this shouldn't be on the list, because I wouldn't choose it...I'm just being thorough and following directions)
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1. Bomb
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1. punch
2. nothing

I wouldn't do the other options. $1M would probably screw up my life anyway.
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