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20 Post author: lukeprog 26 November 2011 08:05AM

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Comment author: Nectanebo 09 December 2011 07:11:16PM *  2 points [-]

Not all of a person's money goes into one charity. A person can spend their money on many different things, and can choose how much to spend on each different thing. Think of willingness to pay to actually be a measure of how much you care. Basically, the bird situation is crazy because humans barely if at all feel a difference in terms of how much they give a damn between something that has one positive effect, and something that has 100x that positive effect!

To Luke: This person was reading about the biases you breifly outlined, and he ended up confused by one of the examples. While the linking helps a good deal, I think your overview of those biases may have been a little too brief, and they might not really hit home with readers of your site, and personally I think it might be difficult particularly for those who may not be familiar with the topics and content of the site. I don't think it would be a bad idea to expand on each of them just a little bit more.

Comment author: CharlesR 09 December 2011 09:03:23PM 1 point [-]

I suppose if you are the sort of person who has a lot of "waste".