How about a substance-related thought experiment?
Posted by c. wagner on November 6, 2009
Imagine you are seated at a table with two bowls in front of you. One contains peanuts, the other tablets of the illegal recreational drug MDMA (ecstasy). A stranger joins you, and you have to decide whether to give them a peanut or a pill. Which is safest?
Think about it for a minute. Not which one you would recommend to someone, but which one would be less likely to kill someone?
You should give them ecstasy, of course. A much larger percentage of people suffer a fatal acute reaction to peanuts than to MDMA.
Never thought of it that way. Food for thought, huh?