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I would apply utilitarian morality and stay in the boat helping the 9 people that would sink if I leave. 9 lives are more important than my comfort of not having to work removing water from the sinking boat. Categorical imperative: Define a moral axiom and execute it no matter the situation(e.g. I should always optimize my chances of surviving. Hence, swim ...


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Practicality states that one should first help himself/herself before they can help others. If I swim to my friend that will increase my chance to survive but on the other hand decrease the chance of survival for others. This is the survival instinct of all living beings. By the double side effect - I am not having any intention of harming any other human ...


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You may find useful verses 9-11 of the Isa (Isavasya) upanishad : Into blind darkness enter those who follow the way of ignorance. Into ever greater darkness those who devote themselves to knowledge alone He who knows That as both in one, the Knowledge and the Ignorance, by the Ignorance crosses beyond death and by the Knowledge enjoys Immortality....


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I think runaway technology - from ongoing militarization to genetically modified food - will very likely obliterate our species. Just look at what we've done to our planet already. So I'd like to answer your question NO. The problem is one of parameters. Should WHO pursue knowledge? And WHAT KIND of knowledge are we talking about? And can anyone possibly ...


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