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Suppose there are 600 people with fatal disease A.  You have to choose between
treatment 1 - 200 people will be saved
treatment 2 - there is a 1/3 chance everyone is saved, a 2/3 chance everyone dies



Now suppose there are 600 people with fatal disease B.  You have to choose between
treatment 3 - 400 people will certainly die
treatment 4 - there is a 1/3 chance everyone is saved, a 2/3 chance everyone dies.

What choices do you make?

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My tendencies fall certainly within the majority- T1 and T4.

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Question: Treatment 4 - what happens to the other 200 people.
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Question: Treatment 4 - what happens to the other 200 people.

1/3 of the time all 600 will survive, 2/3 of the time all 600 will die.  (Do nothing everyone dies)

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sorry, I meant treatment 3! Typo.
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They are cured.

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I'd ask the patients what they wanted, and it'd be put up to a majority vote. If they went with the "only some people survive" route then they'd cast lots to figure out who those survivors would be. After that, I'd simply be the person administering the treatment so I'd go home at night with a clear conscience.
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Sorry - the rules of the game say you gotta make a choice for each disease!
Oromagi chose 1 and 4 - do you think he was right?
 

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The answer is 1 and 3.

Theoretically the numbers saved are the same in all examples over enough attempts, but a gauranteed outcome is always preferable.
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There isn't a right or wrong answer.   Cases A and B are actually identical, but the wording results in many people choosing 1 in case A and 4 in case B.   The link in post #2 goes into the detail.
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It doesn't seem like a real life scenario in which such choices would have to be made that risked the lives of so many.

My choice would be 1 and 3, notwithstanding.
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It's not meant to be realistic - its about how the wording can effect the decision people make.


I wonder if a differently worded brexit referendum might have gone the other way!

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I would choose 2 and 4 so to wash my hands of it (if there is such expression in English).
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It's not meant to be realistic - its about how the wording can effect the decision people make.


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bump

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Treatment 1- What happens to the 400 people not cured?

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Treatment 1- What happens to the 400 people not cured?
From the OP:

"Suppose there are 600 people with fatal disease A."

So 'they die'.

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1 and 3 are the same then, so I would go with 2 and 4
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This pdf is about how the different wording can affect the choices people make.


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Tell all the people involved what the deal is  Keeping in mind it has to be treatment 1,2,3,4 ask them what they want then they will tell me and then I'll tell you what my decision is. 
I could make money from them in doing this, but to be put in a spot like this , its like going to be on the news and shlt so I'll do whatever they want. 
Because i soooooooooo love people. 
Then I could make much moneys from this alone. 
But i just ask them what they decide then I'll decide what they decide.
Thats in the rules of the game hey? 





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Treatment 1 and 3 can be sold. $$$$$$$$$$$. 
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The actual set up was to ask two separate groups.

It turned out the group asked A overwhemingly chose 1, most of the group asked B chose 4.

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Suppose there are 600 people with fatal disease A.  You have to choose between
treatment 1 - 200 people will be saved - [there is a natural presumption that the other 400 may or may not live but at least have a fighting chance.]
treatment 2 - there is a 1/3 chance everyone is saved, a 2/3 chance everyone dies

Now suppose there are 600 people with fatal disease B.  You have to choose between
treatment 3 - 400 people will certainly die - [there is a natural presumption that the other 200 may or may not live but at least have a fighting chance.]
treatment 4 - there is a 1/3 chance everyone is saved, a 2/3 chance everyone dies.

What choices do you make?
Fixed.
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No worries!
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Your right there is no correct answer. On an individual level the chances of survival remain one third but in cases 1 and 3 there is a better chance of saving some. I believe Spock would therefore choose 1 and 3 concluding that it is logical to guarantee the survival of some. Of course that doesn't make it right.