Nothing particularly noteworthy re plant or workout to report on today.
I came across an interesting article about ‘scope insensitivity‘.
The basic idea is that humans cannot really fathom large numbers. The scope of large things will almost certainly be underestimated.
The article mentions a study that asks participants how much they would pay to save 2,000 / 20,000 / 200,000 birds, and the respective answers were: $80, $78, and $88.
That is, the scope of the altruistic action had little effect on willingness to pay.
There are some possible applications of this concept:
- Perceptions of wealth inequality – it is really difficult to fathom just how big wealth gaps can be when some individuals may be 1,000 / 10,000 / 100,000 times richer than others
- Reactions from a call to action eg. for the ethical vegans – ‘this will save 50 / 500 / 5,000 animals from slaughter’ may elicit similar responses despite differences in scope
- In policy world, developing a case for the solution to a problem – ‘it costs x to fix y. Therefore, to fix 100y / 1,000y / 10,000y we need 100x / 1,000x / 10,000x’ may fall on deaf ears
Some interesting food for thought.
- Breakfast: random hipster food (eggs, chorizon, pork burger) banana
- Lunch: noodles, cauliflower
- Dinner: ice cream, pork roll