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Snowyowl 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: Snowyowl 05 December 2010 05:46:58AM 1 point [-]

I'm posting here because I just saw a Facebook campaign to raise awareness of child abuse via profile pictures and chain letters. It takes little effort, and the marginal utility seemed extremely low, but I understand now that it is actually very good at generating fuzzies. As a side effect, the fuzzies provide an incentive, and it does generate a little bit of utility, so it's not entirely a bad thing unless it causes people to fall into the "I've done my bit for the world" mindset.

Comment author: jkaufman 22 June 2012 08:26:40PM 1 point [-]

the "I've done my bit for the world" mindset.

This is a real problem. See Yvain's Doing your good deed for the day.