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Wesley Buckwalter

Hey Brian (Mark and Paul),

I really enjoyed reading your post – the amount of work and attention to detail that has gone into these studies is nothing short of remarkable!

I was just wondering if you could say a little more, especially for those who haven’t read the paper, about your view of how this might be moving the side-effect effect explanation debate forward. Particularly, is it your view that the fact that the effect can be reversed based on salient norms puts pressure on previous accounts of the ultimate explanation for why the effect is happening? In the paper you write about the bearing to Josh Knobe’s account and a bit about Chandra Sripada’s deep-self explanation. But I’m not sure I was completely following this last part. Curious to hear your thoughts for how these results might be challenging that. Thanks again!


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