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“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”  -Spinoza

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Giveaway Plus Five Random Facts about Meghan Ciana Doidge

Yay! I’m super excited to be giving away my sister in law’s books this month!  Prizes are a paper copy and an audio book of Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge and a set of recipe cards to make all the delicious cupcakes featured in Meghan’s books!

 

IMG_5105So I thought before you enter to win a copy of her book , I thought you’d like to know a little about her.  Here are Five Random Facts about Meghan Ciana Doidge:

  1. Meghan is an avid knitter.
  2. She could not write without chocolate.
  3. When you have Meghan over, be sure to serve potatoes in some form or other.
  4. Meghan has chickens, Persian cats, and a turtle!
  5. Before she became a writer, Meghan made small independent films.

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  You can enter the giveaway by:

1. Leaving a comment.  What is your favourite bakery dessert? [I’m hoping all the answers won’t make me too hungry ;)]. Comments are moderated so your comment may not show up right away.

2. Visiting my Facebook Facebook page

Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only.

You must be 19 or over to enter.

One entry per household.

You must reply with your email address within 7 days to claim your prize.

And to add to your August pleasure I have another giveaway happening on my author blog right now!

Good luck to all who enter!  Have a great day 🙂

Deep Thoughts

Have you heard of the Trolley Problem?  This is a philosophical question to which there  is no right or wrong answer.  This problem was first introduced by Phillipa Foot in 1967 which just happens to be the year I was born.  I’m really curious to know, what would you do in this situation?  Your answer reveals something about your philosophy of life. I hope you will feel free to share.

Warning: This is not a question for those who are shallow or faint of heart. This is an ethical dilemma.

Ready?

There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks.  Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two options:

  1. Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track.
  2. Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.

Which is the most ethical choice?

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I am not going to reveal my answer because I prefer not to sway your viewpoint.  Please leave your thoughts in the comments.  Explain why you came to your decision.

And to all those creative people out there… there is no option 3.  You must choose #1 or #2.  No fair creating a third alternative.

I hope there are some budding philosophers out there just waiting to be heard.  Go ahead, tell us what you think!

For those who are hesitant to publicly post your thoughts, why not make it part of your dinner table conversation tonight?