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DataPacRat wrote

Which is why I mentioned the "magic of thought experiments". Hypothetical situations have a purpose: because they /are/ simpler than reality, they let you ignore all the complicated factors that muddle matters, allowing you to figure out what your actual preferences and values are. Eg, "Which is more important to me, the life of a baby or the life of a pig?", or "Which is more valuable, the life of a child or the life of a dog?". It's only once you understand the basics of your own moral-and-ethical system that you can understand how to apply value judgements in more complicated arenas.

(Of course, one of my usual .sig lines is "Then again, I could be wrong.")