24. Scope neglect

            There is a cognitive bias known as scope neglect, meaning that to save the life of a million children, a person is only willing to pay a slightly greater amount than to save the life of one child4. Our minds are not able to scale up emotional valence or preventive motivation linearly in accordance with the risk; we discount large risks. Most money and attention consistently goes to projects which only affect a much smaller number of lives rather than all of the planet's humans