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

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Comment author: Oscar_Cunningham 10 August 2011 06:41:09PM 16 points [-]

I always get confused by experiments involving how generous people are with money, because if I took 5/5 instead of 6/1 I'd be taking $3 from the experimenters! Who am I to say that they are less deserving than my co-experimentee?

Comment author: Friendly-HI 11 August 2011 06:56:50PM 7 points [-]

Clearly, lesswrongers are not suitable for a very wide range of psychological experiments.

Most people never realize that they actually "take" the money from the researchers, who would probably put it to better use than Mr. Anonymous. So usually that set-up is no problem at all, and if someone as clever as you "gets it" and consequently ruins the experiment, that person is still just a tiny data-blip skewing the results by just an infinitesimal amount, given a proper sample-size.