Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Philosophy Wire: 2,000,000? 14? 1976?

_48828546_000171126Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-09-04]: The Ebola virus has killed 14 people in Congo. Doctors Without Borders in the area have asked for 2 million dollars in order to help them deal with the outbreak [source: web news]. What is wrong with this picture? Are 14 casualties an "outbreak" ? If for so many victims we need 2 million dollars, how much will we need if we had more casualties? How much time do we want to analyze a virus which has appeared in this area from 1976? Stupid questions?

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