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A Toddler Solves the Trolley Problem

by Winita Frederick

If you didn’t major in philosophy in college, you might not be familiar, but the “trolley problem” is one of the most provocative thought experiments in philosophy. Here’s the scenario: You’re a train conductor, and your train is approaching five people trapped on the track. There’s a fork in the road. You have the option to shunt the train in the other direction, but there’s another person trapped on that side, too. What do you do?

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This question leaves everyone stumped… except for this 2-year-old.

I doubt the toddler’s dad, psychology professor E.J. Masicampo, explained the problem in depth to this little philosopher. But either way, it’s still a brilliant answer! 

Winita is a staff writer at Scooterbay Publishing Inc. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and worked as a library assistant and elementary school tutor throughout college. When she's not writing, she enjoys outdoor exercise, reading at the library, and spending time with family and friends.

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