Skirting a potentially interesting rambly post about the effect of manipulating perceptions of value on economics, sometime over the last few years, I've acquired the notion that a good, healthy eating-out meal should cost about $6. $10 feels like an expensive meal, and anything much above that is a rare event that really should be good and is only worth doing with other people. I don't know if this is being frugal (I don't budget my finances because I consume less enough than my means that it's never necessary), but if it is that's not a big mental part of it - I don't think my dietary habits would change much if I were very rich. Maybe it's based on my idea of modest living.
- How much feels reasonable for a meal for you?
- Would that change much if you had more wealth at your disposal?
- Where does this perception of reasonability come from?
- Do you have any dietary restrictions (chosen or biological) that shape this?
I could imagine a number of interesting MRI-based experiments I'd love to flesh out and do on art, although funding would be difficult to acquire and I don't have the right kind of degree (in either magnitude or angle) to be a PI on that kind of thing.