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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: Khaled 13 August 2011 02:11:03AM *  4 points [-]

You'd be taking $3 from the experimenters, but in return giving them data that represents your decision in the situation they are trying to simulate (which is a situation where only the two experimentees exist), though your point shows they didn't mange to set it up very accurately.

I realize it will be difficult to ignore the fact you mentioned once you notice it, just pointing out that not noticing it can be more advantageuos for the experimenter and yourself (not the other experimentee) - maybe another strategic ignorance