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Unformatted text preview: given (e.g., the studies, observations, and testimony of the medical experts), she has a 95% chance of surviving the illness past next year. For this reason, Harriet goes ahead and believes that she will survive the illness past next year. Scenario 2 (The 50- 50 Chance): Harriet has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. According to the best available evidence she’s been given, there’s only a 50% chance that she will survive the illness past next year, and a corresponding 50% chance that she won’t survive. Nevertheless, Harriet realizes that if she manages to convince herself to believe that she will survive, she will be motivated to act in ways that will boost her quality of life for however long she has left (e.g., she’ll approach her challenges each day with enthusiasm and happiness, she won’t be so depressed that she finds it hard even to b...
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