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Old October 14th, 2008, 09:38 AM
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What would you do in this situation?

This is something that I am almost sure has been posted before on EC but I could not find the thread, so here goes again.

You are responsible for diverting trains at a junction. from this junction the rail route splits into two routes. One of these is an old route and the other is a new one. The old route is not used anymore - so you basically just sit on the chair all day and hog fokat ka pagar.
There is a bunch of guys (16 in total) who want to play. All of them know about the status of the rail routes but 14 are brash and play on the used track. There are 2 who want it safe and play on the unused track.
You suddenly find that a train has approached and everybody being busy in what they are doing (you doing nothing and the boys playing) nobody has noticed.
You have a split second to make a decision - there is not enough time to warn the boys to get off the track! you would either have to do heroics like wave a red Shirt to get the train to stop (not really practical, all chances of failing, no red signal, train is too fast and so on) or route the train to unused route at the cost of life 2 kids or let it continue to go on at the cost of lives of 14.

What would you do?

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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

basic economics says .. kill 2
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:34 AM
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

Disagree... you don't involve economics here. The two wanted to play it safe, the other 14 took the risks. It is a simple decision... do whatever you can to stop the train, and then let whatever happens happen. Give your full report to the committee that the government will appoint.


Errr... there seems to be a mistake in your question... are you saying that all 16 will die if the train continues
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

This puzzle has been posted before... Let me search.. It had the answers too.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

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This puzzle has been posted before... Let me search.. It had the answers too.
Yeah, you had posted it... but your problem was different than this one... similar emotional drama but different situation. Don't think the government would have formed a committee for your problem.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Errr... there seems to be a mistake in your question... are you saying that all 16 will die if the train continues
No, its either 14 or 2 depending on which track the train gets routed to.

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Ok, realised the mistake and changed it. ok now?
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

You try and stop the train - thats all you can do. Its not your call on who lives or dies, or how many. So if you cant stop the train - you let it go on its original path.

Besides, the 14 who are playing on the active tracks, are aware of the risk and may be able to get out of the way since they may be listening for the train. The other two have no clue that a trin could come there.
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26073

here is the link to the original question by cha pai.
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

Nope, stopping the train is not really an option, besides that fact that you cannot communicate with the driver, trying to stop the train within such a short distance is fraught with bigger risks - like if the breaks might blow, the momentum of the train and overall weight may cause it to derail, its not practical to be able to get the driver to stop the train, it HAS to go on.
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

Also, as compared to 'Cha's situation this one has a bit more complexity. its not a runaway dabba, its a train full of real people.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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Nope, stopping the train is not really an option, besides that fact that you cannot communicate with the driver, trying to stop the train within such a short distance is fraught with bigger risks - like if the breaks might blow, the momentum of the train and overall weight may cause it to derail, its not practical to be able to get the driver to stop the train, it HAS to go on.

Thats why I said - if you cant stop the train, let it go on its merry way.
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

well this dude who is in charge of the junction !!! WHy shld he go after the train and not after the 14 kids . its easier to shoo them off isnt it
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well this dude who is in charge of the junction !!! WHy shld he go after the train and not after the 14 kids . its easier to shoo them off isnt it
no, time is critical. the kids are not so near that they can hear this dude who is in charge of the junction. besides if he spends time trying to shoo the kids away (which may not even happen in time) he loses the time and opportunity to divert the train to the other track.
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Re: What would you do in this situation?

So there is no time to stop the train , no time to shoo the kids .. he only has time to switch junctions.. So his decision will be based on how many deaths is he willing to live with , that is if he feels responsible for either group deaths.

Though I think the 14 kids dying shldnt be on him , but if he switches junctions he is responsible for the 2 .

Actually we get distracted by the slightest of noise. Most of the 14 kids will sense it anyway and get off . , because unless everyone is in a straight line chances of all 14 dying is a long shot .. maybe if they are playing 'train train'
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I found too much logic in the puzzle so finally kkkk will end up with klpd
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