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A hypothetical measurement unit for the [[utility]] gained by doing good. Named after the "warm fuzzy feeling" one gets from (believing that one has) done good. Unlike [[utilons]], fuzzies can be earned through psychological tricks without regard for efficiency.
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A hypothetical measurement unit for "warm fuzzy feeling" one gets from (believing that one has) done good. Unlike [[utilons]], fuzzies can be earned through psychological tricks without regard for efficiency. For this reason, it may be a good idea to separate the concerns for actually doing good, for which one might need to [[shut up and calculate]], and for earning fuzzies, to get psychological comfort.
  
See also [[Hedon]]s.
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==See also==
  
===Articles on Less Wrong===
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*[[Utility]]
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/6z/purchase_fuzzies_and_utilons_separately/ Purchase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[[Shut up and calculate]]
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*[[Hedon]]
  
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/6z/purchase_fuzzies_and_utilons_separately/ Purchase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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Revision as of 22:17, 25 June 2009

A hypothetical measurement unit for "warm fuzzy feeling" one gets from (believing that one has) done good. Unlike utilons, fuzzies can be earned through psychological tricks without regard for efficiency. For this reason, it may be a good idea to separate the concerns for actually doing good, for which one might need to shut up and calculate, and for earning fuzzies, to get psychological comfort.

See also

Blog posts