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Old 10-14-2007, 01:54 PM
David Sklansky David Sklansky is offline
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Default Re: Going into a burning building to save a child

If it were relevant it would only be in the sense that it triggers a completely illogical response to this situation.

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How is it illogical? We function much better socially by concentrating our compassion and concern more on those who are closer to us geographically and/or relationship-wise.

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The OP used a bad example to make his point. Take the extreme risk away and it is easy to see that the fellow who would make some personal effort to save one nearby child is less laudable (though still laudable) than the person who makes an approximately equal effort (perhaps financially) to save dozens of faraway children who he may never meet.
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