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Old 04-24-2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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Ethics of empathy and telepathy (what not to do)

try empathy without asking someone such as your partner
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:15 AM   #2
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Moved Draggard's post over here.
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:34 AM   #3
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I mean if you try to read someones thought for personal gain or even reading there feelings just for your gain
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Ethical systems vary. If that's against your personal ethics, of course don't do it.
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All things are based on your own Ethics, no matter what they are, it all comes down to what you believe in the end. For example, if you don't believe someone should be spied on then don't do it using psionics instead of using electronic bugs, or if you don't think you should kill someone with a gun don't use a forced anurism.
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:28 AM   #6
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If it does not hurt or damage, it is good.
If it hurts or damages inconsequentially, then it is okay.
If it hurts or damages, it is bad unless it furthers the purposes of a higher motive.
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Yes but a higher motive could have an un-ethical intent, such as theft or murder.
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Hey, guys, you mind if I move this over to ethics? I expect what Lucianus had more in mind was things that you should not do because they will cause objective problems, or ones people might not think of.
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Yes but a higher motive could have an un-ethical intent, such as theft or murder.
Theft and murder are not higher motives as I define them.

A higher motive is something that does more good than bad for everyone involved. If one is killing someone for the good of society or for the good of humanity, then it is perfectly ethical to do so by my book. If one is stealing something (like information) that may help large numbers of people to survive, then it is also perfectly ethical under my rules.

WW, I agree with you. Move this over to ethics, please.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:01 AM   #10
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>mummbles something demeaning about Ethics< AAAAAAaaaanyway.... while most of the time i will probably agree that reading someone's mind, or emotions isn't an ethical thing to do, there are ALWAYS exceptions to EVERY rule..... well, almost every rule.

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For example, assuming you actually have the level of ability needed, there is a20 year old college student named Timothy. Timothy was just in a major car crash that let him in a comatose state. According to popular theory on comatose states, a person's mind gets 'lost'. Is it ethical to go into Timothy's mind and attempt to lead him out of his coma, knowing that you dont have a way to ask him for permission to do so?

Sally is a 34 year old wife, and mother to four. Her stress level is pretty high because she works in a high-intensity job, and her children are elementary to middleschool age and require alot of attention. Her husband works two jobs and is gone for most of the day, leaving her to handle the children, her job, and the house. Her stress level has recently been causing her health problems, and has slipped her into a mild depressive state. She does not beleive in psychiatry, or psychology, after all, those are for 'crazy people'. She also has no interest or working acceptance of anything paranormal. Now, you work with Sally and have the capability, you know she would refuse the request to assist her. Do you use your empathhy to lower her stress level and releive her depression?
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