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August 31st, 2008, 11:59
Originally Posted by Toaster View Post
The problem is of course what JemyM said and the basic, huge flaw of utilitarianism, that you can't accurately predict the consequences of all possible ways to act in any situation.
But you can assign odds to the outcomes, and base your decisions on that. That's pretty much how medical ethics work. You can't accurately predict the result of any given treatment, but you can have an idea of the odds. There are certainly dilemmas, but most of the time it works pretty well.
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