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Comment author: pnrjulius 06 June 2012 09:27:47PM 3 points [-]

"Eating strawberries every six months may not be as good as the first time (although nostalgia may make it better), but it's not obvious that it declines in utility."

Isn't "not being as good" just what "declines in utility" means?

Comment author: smk 13 June 2012 01:04:04PM 0 points [-]

Maybe they meant that it doesn't continue getting less and less good. I dunno.

Comment author: CarlShulman 13 June 2012 11:48:02PM *  1 point [-]

Read that as "continues to decline in utility every six months."

Comment author: pnrjulius 19 June 2012 04:20:54AM -1 points [-]

Maybe the problem is trying to assign utility to "eat strawberries" rather than to the whole timeless state "ate strawberries Tuesday, blueberries Wednesday, bananas Thursday" etc.

We do seem to run into some weird problems if we say that the marginal utility of strawberries declines each time you eat a strawberry... though maybe we could say that this is true, everything else held constant or something like that.