Re: virus: Tabacco mind virus: antivirii

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 13:39:19 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 1 Aug 1997, Tony Hindle wrote:

> In message <>, Eric Boyd
> <> writes
> >
> >But who am I, Tony, to judge the value of lives on a *quantative* basis,
> >as if three was better than two simply because it is *bigger*?
> This is a hypothetical question so I want you to assume all
> other things are equal. The law that one death is better than two is a
> corollary of zero deaths is better than one. Will you judge in this
> case?

I know you're talking to Eric here, but I felt like jumping in here too.
I'd say that *other things being equal* one death is better than two, or
zero better than one. Of course, they rarely are. And I'd also argue
that there are times, other things being unequal, when one death would be
better than none.