Killing One Person To Save Five
Researchers test a famous ethical dilemma called the "trolley problem" in a very real setting. Christie Nicholson reports
Would you kill one person to save five others?
Philosophers have posed this moral dilemma for decades. Typically they present the situation as a mental exercise. A runaway train is about to strike five people walking along the track. You can reroute the train and save the five people. But you will wind up killing one person walking on the other track.