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The Gilligan Dilemma

This week we are going to try something a little different. This week's question is not a trivia question, but more of a philosophical question. There are no "right" answers, but the most interesting answers will be published next week…

You and a group of your closest friends take off from San Juan, Puerto Rico, headed for down island on a flight expected to last 1.5 hours. The commuter plane is propeller powered and seats twelve. The pilot keeps you informed during the trip. A tropical storm makes an unforeseen shift in direction and may interfere with your flight path. The pilot decides to adjust for the storm. One hour into the flight a localized storm develops. Lightening hits your plane and partially disables it. The pilot attempts an emergency landing.

You wake up to the following scenario: You and your friends, physically okay, are on the beach of a small island. The plane, partially submerged offshore, is incapacitated both mechanically and electrically. The pilot and co-pilot are dead. Your small island is about a mile from a larger landmass across the water. In contrast to your present surroundings, it contains vegetation.

Formulate a plan to deal with your situation. State your premises, rationale, and conclusions.


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