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41 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 10 August 2011 09:30AM

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Comment author: Strange7 11 August 2011 02:08:22AM 12 points [-]

But then this can't be the sole explanation, because people are most likely to act when they're alone and there's nobody else around to know about your duty.

Actually I think concerns about plausible deniability explain that just fine. Someone who observes trouble while alone is in a fairly safe position, since they can withdraw at any point during investigation or intervention without any witnesses to accuse them of cowardice. That initial sense of safety motivates a greater degree of risk-taking, in the form of willingness to render assistance.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 11 August 2011 07:26:28AM 0 points [-]

An excellent point.