Scope insensitivity

if you are wondering why people ain’t flinching at deatchs exploding from 10 to 100s to 1000s, it is a cognitive bias that has a name: Scope Insensitivity (or Neglect)

Lesswrong has a voice dedicated to it

“Once upon a time, three groups of subjects were asked how much they would pay to save 2,000 / 20,000 / 200,000 migrating birds from drowning in uncovered oil ponds. The groups respectively answered $80, $78, and $88.1 This is scope insensitivity or scope neglect : the number of birds saved—the scope of the altruistic action—had little effect on willingness to pay”.


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