|Posted: May 16, 2005, 10:49 am - IP Logged|
I was doing some unrelated lottery research, and I came across an old story about a stockbroker who increased his initial investment of only $800, to a portfolio valued at over $350 million, in only two weeks. He obviously got busted for insider trading and claimed he was a 'time-traveller'.
The funniest bits of the article come from the stocker's interrogation:
"All he wants is to be allowed to do is return to the future in his time craft."
"However, he refuses to reveal the location of the machine or discuss how it works, supposedly out of fear the technology could fall into the wrong hands."
"In a bid for leniency, Carlssin has reportedly offered to divulge "historical facts" such as the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden and a cure for AIDS."
Personally I reckon there's some mental illness going on. $800 to $350 million in two weeks goes beyond greedy, even if you couldn't stop yourself!!! Anyway It got me thinking on a moral dilemma for discussion. Quite appropriate over here since the over-hyped remake of 'Dr. Who' series is being shown at the moment.
SHTH's Moral Dilemmas: 1: Immeasurable Wealth vs. Humanity
If a time traveller paid you a visit, and gave you two choices:
1) He would give you only 1 set of jackpot winning numbers, you would be the sole winner for any future draw in any state or country. This would give you time to make arrangements or travel or reside so that you qualified for the draw of your choosing for example $300 million Powerball. (The pounds stronger than the dollar but not that strong!). Also he tells you that neither you or your immediate family or associates will ever win any significant prize.
2) Two cures for cystic fibrosis & leukemia. The time-traveller would anonymously transfer these cures to a government non-profit scientific organization. There would be no opportunity for you to obtain fame, recognition, profit from this cures. Also he tells you no cure will ever be found for at least 200 years, since these cures died with their creator.
The time-traveller puts you under no pressure to make a hasty decision. You can have as much time as you want to consider the consequences. But you must make a choice. And no other person will ever be made this offer.
9 years hunter, 17 weeks trapper. While the pursuits of hunting and trapping may be contiguous activities the ideology and actions involved are easily distinguishable.