How Would a Buddhist Monk Solve the Classic "Trolley Problem"?Quicklink submitted By Rob Kall Permalink
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A trolley is coming down the tracks, and it’s going to hit five people. You have the option to flip a switch to divert the trolley to a different set of tracks, where it will hit one person. Do you hit the switch, dooming one person while saving five? Or, you are standing on a bridge, seeing the trolley, with a large bystander. Pushing him over the bridge will stop the trolley. Do you push him?
A study found that most people would flip the switch, but not push the bystander, except for Economists and psychopaths. Then Buddhists monks were asked and they went with pushing the fat guy. But for different reasons.