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Monday, July 26, 2010

Would you give it up for the group?

Jessica Sinn of the College of Liberal Arts writes about Prof. William Swann’s research in identity fusion.

Dr. William Swann

Dr. William Swann

Imagine a runaway trolley hurtling down the tracks toward a handful of people. If it continues on its course, it will kill the group of innocent bystanders. You’re given two options to save the day: throw a switch and kill only one person, or sacrifice your own life by leaping in front of the trolley. What would you do?

In a study, to
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