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Friday Hypothetical #6 – Your Brilliant Child?

Hypothetical BabyWelcome to our highly debated “Friday Hypothetical” series! I hope you leave a comment and join the debate!

Background for this week:

My wife and I had a baby girl at the start of the summer and she is, of course, the most beautiful and brilliant child in history. In that light, I present to you the hypothetical question for the week, which I found at scienceforums.com

Dilemma:

You discover that your wonderful, and incredibly smart, one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. What would you do? Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the “mistake”?

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Friday Hypothetical #5 – Front-Page News

HeadlinesAnother fun hypothetical situation from Chuck Klosterman’s Hypertheticals. Leave your comment below!

Defying all expectations, a group of Scottish marine biologists capture a live Loch Ness Monster. In almost an unbelievable coincidence, a bear hunter in the Sasquatch 1Pacific Northwest shoots a Sasquatch in the thigh, thereby allowing zoologists to take the furry monster into captivity. These events happen on the same afternoon. That evening, the President of the United States announces that he may have thyroid cancer and will undergo a biopsy later that week.

You are the front-page editor of the New York Times: What do you run as the biggest story and why?

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Friday Hypothetical #4 – The Virus

Born DNA

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.

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Friday Hypothetical #3 – The Pill

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You are offered a Brain Pill. If you swallow this pill, you will become 10 percent more intelligent than you currently are; you will be more adept at reading comprehension, logic, and critical thinking.

However, to all other people you know (and to all future people you meet), you will seem 20 percent less intelligent.

In other words, you will immediately become smarter, but the rest of the world will perceive you as dumber (and there is no way you can ever alter the universality of that perception). The Pill 1

Do you take this pill?

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Friday Hypothetical #2: The Meteor

Meteor

Another fun hypothetical dilemma from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

Earth is about to be struck by an enormous meteor. Though no one knows exactly what will happen, most scientists assume life on Earth will be totally altered and potentially eliminated. Everyone on the planet is freaking out. Suddenly, you receive a bizarre e-mail: The government demands you must fly to Washington D.C., immediately, by order of the President. The e-mail message includes a first-class plane ticket.

Once you arrive at Dulles Airport, military police confiscate your cell phone and wordlessly transport you to a secret hangar that houses 10 massive space shuttles. You are escorted onto one of the ships. Meteor shuttleNot counting the crew, there are 24 equally confused people waiting on board.… Read the rest!

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Friday Dilemma #1 – The Tumor

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This is the first in a new series I will call “The Friday Dilemma.” Every Friday I will post a thought provoking question or situation for you to think about going into the weekend. I would love to hear your responses!

Some of these will come from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

So here goes #1. Remember to comment below, that’s the fun of it!

The Brain Tumor

friday dilemma_brain_tumorsYou have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor will unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent.… Read the rest!

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