9 whales vs a human... which one would you chose?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by chris4355, Apr 22, 2009.

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9 whales vs 1 human, which one will it be?

  1. Save the whales, 9 living creatures vs one!

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    45.5%
  2. Save the human, we must defend our species.

    12 vote(s)
    36.4%
  3. I can't make up my mind.

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    18.2%
  1. Xylene Valued Senior Member

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    Well, let's look at whales--they are some who say that the cetacean species (as a group) are at least as intelligent as Humans, but their intelligence takes a different form. Should we therefore regard whales as evolutionary equals, and give them equivelent human rights--i.e. stop killing them?
     
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  3. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    Human.
     
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  5. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    What if it was your baby tiger? If I raised it, I'd have to say baby tiger hands down over a human I've never met. If it was someone I knew, it would depend if they meant more to me than the baby tiger.
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    What I would do is to find a solution that saves them all.

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  8. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    The whales

    The whales.

    I make this choice in specific protest of the proposition as being unrealistic and of slipshod construction.
     
  9. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    I would save the whales if I could keep them afterward. Whaling profits would be quite significant if I could breed them.
     
  10. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    You would sacrifice someone for your own monetary gain?
     
  11. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    No. Human first. This is if I can save both, or if the human can not be saved.
     
  12. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Typically human.
     
  13. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    No backpedaling now..

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  14. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Survival of the twittest?

    I tend to think whales and dolphins are smarter than humans, if only because they were smart enough to stay in the freaking water.

    Then again, it might have been a bad choice, since we've made a point of punishing them for that decision.

    Oh, look! We can harpoon a whale!

    Yeah, that makes us smarter. Let me know the next time you see a whale freebasing.
     
  15. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    not all whales are good. Bottle nose dolphins(yes dolphins are whales) are evil fuckers. Like I said before they have high instances of gang rape and infanticide( and this they actually practice for on a species of porpoise).
     
  16. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    pussy!
     
  17. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Chimp booty?

    The killings appear to be connected to food shortages, and the sexual behavior, while more mysterious, might have something to do with the flexible breeding capabilities of Bottlenose dolphins. Apparently, a hybrid Bottlenose/Risso's dolphin is a a curiosity to marine biologists, and the a Bottlenose/FKW offspring was born in captivity in 1985.

    I mean, shit, if you could breed with other genera? I'm a human male; I'm horny enough as it is. I don't ever want hominini pan looking that good.

    Or maybe I should just leave it at, "And ...?" After all, humans commit gang rape and infanticide fairly regularly. Never said dolphins were perfect. They were just smart enough to stay in the water and avoid opposable thumbs.
     
  18. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    So I'm a pussy for trying to plan a way that saves them all, why would you say that? I like to solve problems and that would be one that would be a challenge to me to overcome. Why is it that we cannot do two things at the same time but must only choose to one thing or another?
     
  19. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You're just tying to compromise your way out of making a decision.
    Come on man. Either harpoon the whales or splat the human!

    At times like this, I think it helps to ask yourself:
    "What would Kim Jong Il do in this situation"?
     
  20. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    If he was a respectable and admirable person, he would sacrifice himself for the whales.
    hell, that's what I'd like to do, but cynically, I don't trust myself.
     
  21. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    If I were Kim Jong Il I'd shoot myself for being the asshole he is to his own people. He makes the many starve while the military get everything they want. You think he is such a great leader why don't you move there with him?
     
  22. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    I am trying to get there using £1 bargain air tickets.
    I can get as far as Pau in France, but no farther.
     
  23. tim840 Registered Senior Member

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    the human. not that i don't feel bad for the whales, its just i consider humans a higher and more valuable form of life. although it may depend on the person. and the situation.

    as for the baby tiger and the orangutan... well that is a harder decision because those are pretty darn cute haha

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