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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-06 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad misses Steve
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Tags:cancer, christianism, climate, ebooks, forced pregnancy, occupy wall street, personal, publishing, religion, science, tech

Steve Jobs’s Death: The World Reacts — Cancer claims a very prominent life. The first computer I ever used was an Apple IIc (I think), and I’ve been a Mac user since 1985. Every one of my books was written on a Mac, as were the vast majority of my short stories. Every phone call I’ve made for years has been on an iPhone. Jobs’ vision of technology and usability have influenced my life in profound ways. Juan Cole with more, a fascinating perspective on Jobs.

Essay: Publishing Favors the West — Charles A. Tan on the issues of being a writer outside the US/UK orbit.

The Writer Beware/The Write Agenda discussion[info]deborahjross on the idiocy around the so-called “Write Agenda”.

The Future of the BookBestselling author Sam Harris explains his current solution to the strange new media world—and why he’s publishing short ebooks. (Via AH.)

Comets created Earth’s oceans, study concludes — Mmm, volatiles.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for dogged work on ‘impossible’ quasicrystalsDaniel Shechtman, who has won the chemistry Nobel for discovering quasicrystals, was initially lambasted for ‘bringing disgrace’ on his research group.

Long Cold Spell Leads to First Arctic Ozone Hole — There goes reality with that darned liberal bias again. If only things fit people’s preconceived notions, life would be so much simpler!

A Moral Gene? — Hmmm…

Ruminations on scientific expertise and the ethics of persuasion

Evangelicals vs. scienceSlacktivist Fred Clark delves into the roots of Christian and Christianist idiocy on evolution, global warming and so forth.

What They’ve Come to Find at Occupy Wall Street Is America — Charles Pierce on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Well worth the read.

Crowdsource action: List of Facebook pages for Occupy solidarity events

Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ — The Dunning-Kruger presidential ticket certainly has taken a big hit here.

When I Needed Help, I Got PropagandaWhile Republicans have made their concern for the unborn clear, the fact that many of them proposed cutting nutrition programs for infants by about 10 percent earlier this year suggests that their concern for babies may end once they’re born. That’s been true of the forced pregnancy enthusiasts on the Right since the beginning. Conservative pro-life concerns end at birth. Years of rhetoric and legislation assaulting women and children’s programs and promoting the death penalty make that unassailably clear.

?otD: Got Apple?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,500 words on a short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 220.0
Currently reading: Among Others by Jo Walton

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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2011-10-07 00:13 (UTC)
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I will miss the man greatly, and celebrate even his mistakes -- all but one.

Rick Moen
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(rhyme writer)
User: rymrytr
Date: 2011-10-07 01:05 (UTC)
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From the article that the above link, reveals:

Picture yourself standing at branching train tracks with a unstoppable train barreling towards you. On one side, an evil villain has tied five people, while on the other, he has tied only one. You’ve got the switch in your hands which chooses which track the train goes down. Do you feel it’s morally acceptable to choose to kill the one instead of the five?

I take exception with the choice of words.

Back when I first started school, in the 1950's, we learned that one could not "kill" a human being. That word applied to any other life form. The word "Murder" was reserved for our fellow "man".

However, things change.

In the above paragraph, the person with the switch does not choose to kill either the one or the five. The choice is to save the life of one or the lives of the five.

That person has no control over the Train. He/she can not prevent or alter the death.

If we put the one and the five into a situation where the choice of death is totally in the control of the person with the switch, and that person has a choice to murder the one or the five or not to murder at all, (even if it meant self-sacrifice), than we can use "choose to kill"...

In this scenario, murder is always a choice, based upon sacrifice and/or preventive action (laying aside the field of accidental deaths for now).

If I choose to allow the one to die in order to save the five, I did not choose to kill that one; I make a choice to save life, not end it.

The question then should be "Do you feel it’s morally acceptable to choose to kill allow death in order to save the one instead of the five?"

Edited at 2011-10-07 01:07 am (UTC)
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