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31 Post author: Xachariah 17 July 2012 12:46AM

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Comment author: Adele_L 17 July 2012 03:45:46AM 18 points [-]

But you would also punish accurate guessers if the average guess is too low.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 17 July 2012 10:45:47AM 3 points [-]

Indeed. As a result it might be rational to signal unfamiliarity with crime by pretending to believe it is less common than it actually is.

Comment author: jimmy 17 July 2012 04:11:37PM 12 points [-]

It happens all the time. Whenever you hear "I can't even imagine why someone would do that!", stop and ask whether it's really that hard to imagine. Usually it isn't.

Comment author: Xachariah 17 July 2012 09:50:38PM *  5 points [-]

You know, I used to get bothered when people would say that. You've helped me recognize that it's just signaling that was going over my head.

Comment author: JaneQ 18 July 2012 09:12:02AM 1 point [-]

But are you sure that you are not now falling for typical mind fallacy?

The very premise of your original post is that it is not all signaling; that there is a substantial number of the honest-and-naive folk who not only don't steal but assume that others don't.

Comment author: Xachariah 18 July 2012 11:02:56AM *  1 point [-]

Um... yes? The typical mind fallacy refers to thinking people act similar to me, and I just mentioned I haven't used that particular type of signaling nor noticed the signaling until jimmy pointed it out. In fact, I can't even imagine why someone would use that form of signaling.

The second part of your statement seems to belie a misunderstanding of signalling. Honest folks signal. If you don't steal, you also need to successfully signal that you don't steal, otherwise nobody will know you don't steal. Signaling isn't just a special word for lie.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 18 July 2012 12:08:59PM 5 points [-]

Commit the typical mind fallacy? I can't imagine how anyone would do that...