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46 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 14 May 2007 02:53AM

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Comment author: Brian 14 May 2007 02:55:54PM 5 points [-]

I strongly favor the "warm glow" explanation, but I'd take it a step further.

For most people, the warm glow is only worth it if they get social credit.

Those yellow LiveStrong bracelets are a great example. They're about $1 or so, and purchasers wear them around all day advertising that they care about cancer. How many of those people would have donated an equivalent amount (just a buck) without the badge of caring they get to wear around?