Daily Archives: 29 February 2008

Lawrence Kohlberg

Another thought experiment (this one inspired very slightly by FloatyKatja‘s recent soup observations):

A woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to produce. He paid £200 for the radium and charged £2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about £1,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, “No, I discovered the drug and I’m going to make money from it.” So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man’s store to steal the drug for his wife.

Should Heinz have broken into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife? Why or why not?

Katja was talking about soup, you see.  Heinz soup.  Get it?


Filed under Thought experiment


I’ve been forced to sing the wrong song twice today to my plebeian co-workers.  Let’s hope they don’t deserve a third such vocal thrashing.

If you doubt the merits of my punishment I should refer you to the reasons:

  1. Earthquakes are not caused by Teutonic plates bashing each other.
  2. Dan Brown did not invent the Knights Templar.

If anyone doubts that my singing is a punishment then you obviously haven’t heard me sing.


Filed under Reasons to be cheerful