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Strange7 comments on Purchase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately - Less Wrong

75 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 April 2009 09:51AM

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Comment author: Strange7 27 February 2010 08:49:02PM 1 point [-]

I second the suspicious feeling. It boils down to one question: if Kiva is such a great option, why is it not more popular?

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 27 February 2010 09:30:39PM 27 points [-]

if X is such a great option, why is it not more popular?

I begin to suspect that rationalists should simply delete this question from their mental vocabularies. Most popular things are optimized to be popular with an audience that doesn't know how to resist manipulation (but thinks itself invincible, in accordance with the bias blind-spot bias); this gives rise to a case of the majority is always wrong.

Comment author: [deleted] 11 December 2013 09:13:38AM 0 points [-]

I'm not sure that applies here: for QWERTY keyboards network effects are positive -- the more people use them, the better (i.e. in this case, more convenient) it is for me to use them, but for charities they are positive (so long as my social circles aren't hipster enough) for status, but neutral (for me at least -- YMMV) for fuzzies and negative (diminishing returns, finite room for more funding) for utilons.