@johngordon The problem is not the science. The problem is using an unlikely scenario as the benchmark for health advice. This is equivalent to telling people not to ever smoke within 500 feet of school grounds because there might be kids there.
@johngordon I recently jumped ship to Ting. They were probably just a cheap for my needs, but the slight increased anxiety and mental load of knowing that each text and phone minute was charging me 5 cents made it worthwhile to switch.
@mlv I would say that it is morally proper to prioritize loved ones over strangers. But aside from this hierarchy, the other principle is one of proportionality. Helping a loved one just a little is less moral than helping a stranger by a lot.
@mlv Self-actualization comes from Maslow's hierarchy of needs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs It is about realizing our own potential and excellence and is predicated on having food/shelter/security/esteem in this theory.
@mlv We should save the drowning person before sending out a Twitter petition to increase funding for the coast guard. And finally it is better to fight for the causes we are passionate about than others. There are an infinite number of causes after all.
@mlv Third, we have an obligation to our tribe. We should save our tribe member (friend, associate, group member) from drowning before a random stranger. Fourth, it is better to take concrete action than an abstract goal.
@mlv So we have a basic obligation to ourselves. We are not morally obligated to help the drowning person if we are drowning ourselves. Second, we have an obligation to our loved ones. We should save a drowning loved one before a drowning stranger.
@mlv So the question of 'Do you have a moral duty to rescue a drowning person?' is pretty boring as a moral dilemma. Because usually morality in the every day world is about *prioritization* and not devils vs. angels.
@mlv Basically, I'm thinking this through as an exercise in moral dilemmas. Many moral dilemmas are boring because they tend to offer one 'moral' option and one 'immoral' option. And then censure you if you pick the 'immoral' one.