24 September 2007

How to make a million dollars: Screw your morals

How much would I have to pay you to stick a pin into the hand of a child you don't know? $100? $100,000? No amount of money would suffice?

Want to know how much it would cost to buy yourself off? YourMorals calculates the amount it would take to violate your morals in several categories (harm, loyalty, purity, etc.).

According to YourMorals, if you paid me $242,020 you could get me to overcome my moral aversion to harming others. Of course the amount would vary greatly with the harm involved, since I have considerable utilitarian propensities.

(Hat tip to Bloggingheads.tv for the pointer)


Chris said...

I'm only on the second question of this quiz and man is it hard to take...I don't like to imagine myself doing these things!

Chris said...

Going through the quiz, I remembered something that some actor said after he'd taken a lot of drugs or cheated on his wife or something. I don't remember exactly what he said, but basically, you have to be able to get up and look at yourself in the mirror in the morning. You have to be able to respect yourself, you can't sacrifice that or you'll just be miserable.

My results were sort of a mixed bag, but the one consistent thing was that I felt strongly about not hurting others. In particular:

It would take an average of $505,000 to get you to violate the HARM foundation.

It would take an average of $0 to get you to violate the AUTHORITY foundation.