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"An unbounded scale, but no modulus"



Eliezer Yudkowsky at Overcoming Bias compares the nature of certain jury deliberations with the task of observers instructed to estimate the loudness of certain sounds without being given a reference sound ("modulus") with which to compare them: "A jury award for punitive damages isn't so much an economic valuation as an attitude expression -- a psychophysical measure of outrage, expressed on an unbounded scale with no standard modulus." (via Haspel).

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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