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javb222's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by javb222

Sam Harris was only biting the consequentialist morality bullet...

IF torturing a baby (or some other wicked act) is the ONLY THING that would stop the world from ending (or some other worse consequence) and you are CERTAIN of this then should you do it?

The correct answer is yes.

Does torture work? Yes, a bit but you get false positives. Are there better alternatives? Virtually always but not absolutely? Is torture wrong, even if the consequences are likely good and huge? No.

We know that many of the maimed in UCAV bombing are the wives/children of suspected militant Islamists. Weren't they already the victims of the Islamists now suffering again?

Rtambree is right. Torturing is personal, aerial attacks are trolleys.

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:31:12 UTC | #620784