I’d like to eventually explore some variations of the trolley problem, as means of teasing out the value of consciousness: -Trolley problem variant, where one track contains 1 fully conscious person, and other track has 5 brain-dead people with no chance of recovery. -Next, consider persons whose hind-brains are working, but nothing else. They are only reflexive/reactive. -Next, consider 5 “sleeping beauties” — they are permanently sleeping, with occasional dreams. They are only reflexive/reactive. -Next, consider 5 persons who are fully conscious, but have chronic, incurable pain. They are only reflexive/reactive. -If the train was headed toward N cats, how large would N have to be in order for you to kill 1 human? -If the train was headed toward 1 human, how small would N have to be in order to justify pulling the lever? -Is there any amount of spiders that can be placed on the track to justify pulling the lever for a human?