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A hyperbolic discounter, or quasi-hyperbolic discounter, was a type of person mentioned in the script of Star Trek. They were the answer to a question that could be used in the skill dome scene, but apparently was not. The question-answer pair was as such:

Q: An excessively impatient person, who discounts future values solely because they are not in the present, is called what?
A: A hyperbolic or quasi-hyperbolic discounter.

The question depends on the logic of hyperbolic discounting, a topic in economics.

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