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

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Comment author: [deleted] 13 October 2011 07:58:44AM *  5 points [-]

Humans are social animals.

Buying lottery tickets seems less likley to trigger ancestral envrionment reward circuitry than having a positive interaction with another person. Windfall from the capricious environment seems a worse bet than good will towards you in a small tribe where word gets around. This is even completely ignoring the plausible root of most altruism in kin selection.