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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 21 January 2008 04:59:34PM 1 point [-]

But how large should you set the utilities of psychology that make you treat two descriptions of the same set of outcomes differently?

As far as I'm concerned, zero; we agree on this. My point was only that it's misleading to say "the same set of outcomes" or "the same circumstance" for the same amount of money; a different thing happens to get to the same monetary endpoint. It's not a difference that I (or my idealized self) care(s) about, though.

Similarly, I think it's misleading to say "choosing 1A and 2B is irrational" without adding the caveat "if utility is solely a function of money, not how you got that money".