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Friday Hypothetical #4 – The Virus

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I just finished reading Dan Brown’s new book Inferno and as I read, the following hypothetical situation came to mind:

You are a brilliant scientist and expert in the area of infectious diseases. One day, a high-ranking official from the U.N. comes and convinces you that the human race will not survive another 50 years due to overpopulation and limited resources. The only hope for survival beyond that point would be to find a way to eliminate at least 1/3 of the human population as soon as possible. He has a design for creating a new virus that will spread through out the world and be fatal to about 1/3 of the people who contract it.

You are the only one with the expertise to produce and release it.


Would you create the virus and allow it to spread, killing over a billion people, if it meant preserving the future of the human race?

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  1. Absolutely not. It would be unnecessary anyway, as random catastrophes, be they big wars, plagues and pestilences, always show up at the right times to prune (or cull) us back. It’s happening right now, as a matter of fact!

  2. I think this has actually happened before, but it was a long time ago in a previous life…. the disease? Agency.

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