Scope Insensitivity

TagLast edit: 14 Mar 2012 23:39 UTC by Grognor

The human brain can’t emotionally represent large quantities; an environmental measure that will save 200,000 birds doesn’t conjure anywhere near a hundred times the emotional impact and willingness-to-pay of a measure that would save 2,000 birds, even though in fact the former measure is two orders of magnitude more effective.

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Scope Insensitivity

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 May 2007 2:53 UTC
273 points
68 comments2 min readLW link

Scope Insen­si­tivity Judo

Gordon Seidoh Worley19 Jul 2019 17:33 UTC
22 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

One Life Against the World

Eliezer Yudkowsky18 May 2007 22:06 UTC
116 points
84 comments3 min readLW link

Tor­ture vs. Dust Specks

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Oct 2007 2:50 UTC
81 points
624 comments1 min readLW link

Scope in­sen­si­tivity in juries

Scott Alexander2 Oct 2010 14:29 UTC
13 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Bore­dom vs. Scope Insensitivity

Wei Dai24 Sep 2009 11:45 UTC
54 points
40 comments3 min readLW link