When I was living in Canada, we asked people how much money they would be willing to pay to clean lakes from acid rain in the Halliburton region of Ontario, which is a small region of Ontario. We asked other people how much they would be willing to pay to clean lakes in all of Ontario. People are willing to pay the same amount for the two quantities because they are paying to participate in the activity of cleaning a lake, or of cleaning lakes. How many lakes there are to clean is not their problem.
This is a mechanism I think people should be familiar with. The idea that when you’re asked a question, you don’t answer that question, you answer another question that comes more readily to mind. That question is typically simpler; it’s associated, it’s not random; and then you map the answer to that other question onto whatever scale there is.
There are things we don’t understand.
TEDxUCR: Eric Schwitzgebel | The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind
‘No single narrative emerges from this broad and often contradictory collection of interpretations, but the sheer variety of conclusions is informative.’
It is an instructive look at how bad we are at discovering the truth and talking about it.