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==References==
 
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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.   
 
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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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/ Scope Insensitivity] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/05/scope_insensiti.html Scope Insensitivity]
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==Blog posts==
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/05/one_life_agains.html One Life Against the World]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hx/one_life_against_the_world/ One Life Against the World] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/torture-vs-dust.html Torture vs. Dust Specks]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/kn/torture_vs_dust_specks/ Torture vs. Dust Specks] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
 
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Revision as of 19:09, 5 June 2009

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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Blog posts