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A Framework for establishing the economic value of thinking as an activity

ygolo

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The main question of this thread is:
What is a good framework for valuing thought as an activity?

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yeghor

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The main question of this thread is:
What is a good framework for valuing thought as an activity?

Calories spent for work activity, need to tie it to the quantity of neural activity somehow to make it comparable to calories spent in case of manual labor, or an equation involving a mixture of both.

Multipliers might be added if the output of the work activity impacts a greater number of people, or bears negative risks for a greater number of people if botched.
 

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Well, there is value as a leisure activity, and value as an element of production.

The former would be quantifiable relative to other leisure activities by observing the real world decisions of those who have the choice between thinking and those alternative activities. We would need to be careful to isolate leisure thinking from other forms, like rumination or anxious thoughts, for example. In addition, we could consider activities which require more thought as a proxy for “thinking,” and rank all leisure activities on a scale based on the level of thought required. Then, we could gather data on preferences. We’d want to control for things like success and frustration, e.g. people might like thinking if doing so leads to new ideas or successes, but avoid doing so if it led to confusion and frustration. So, for example, if we taught someone the basics of chess and gave them a chess puzzle targeted at their level, they might enjoy thinking. Whereas if we took someone off the street and gave them a GM level chess puzzle, they might hate thinking about it because it’s fruitless.

The latter could perhaps be experimentally verified by designing an economic activity whereby we promote, allow for, or restrict the use of thought as an input, depending upon the participant group, and then quantity the output. We would no doubt find declining marginal utility, the shape and level of which would depend on the economic activity in question. We might also attempt to organize real-world economic data by level of thought and production. Or, we could attempt to quantify collective societal thought over time and compare those levels with the economic growth that followed them. Again, we’d need to be careful to define what we mean by “thought,” because obviously all animals use their brain to function at all levels, but you might only want to look at higher order, conscious cognitive function.
 

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I've been THINKING about typology for over a decade, to the point at which I've become a leading expert with original discoveries under my belt.

Yet, I haven't and won't be paid for my work because there is no system for rewarding such forward thinking, at least in this field.

One major problem is that I'm so far ahead of everyone that no one seems to even understand what I'm talking about.

Even on this forum, TYPOLOGY central, I am met with crickets.

So I've revolutionised an entire field of thought, but I'm unlikely to receive recognition for my work, because thus far no one has bothered to enquire into the merit of my discoveries.

Where are the other code breaking typology truth seekers? And when is academia going to hurry up and catch up to the work that is currently taking place on the internet, so we can be paid for discovery in this emerging field?

It's endlessly frustrating to see a decade's work fail to make a visible impact.

I know though, that I've impacted the psychic sphere greatly, and I have paved the way for the next generation(s) of typologists.

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