The Value of ‘Ideas’

Sabio Lantz has a new post titled ‘The burden of the ‘burden of proof’‘ which lays out an idea I likely have thought about but have not laid it out so clearly. Here’s a quote of his from the blog:

In human markets, an idea wins if it has followers.¬† The number of followers only matters to the seller depending on what the seller values.¬† A small number of buyers, for instance, may offer the seller enough sustenance in terms of status, pleasure, finances or any number of other benefits¬† so that seller to consider themselves a winner.” (Sabio Lantz)

The point being made about ‘human markets’ is what is valued is not always true, it may not even be totally proven, but it has found some value in the human experience we call ‘community’ (ie: societal economies of trading and selling our goods and ideas). So doesn’t that also make it ‘of value’, maybe not ‘true’, but valuable nonetheless as determined by society?

Obviously it would be a grand world if the things of value were altogether ‘proven’ and those which were not were ‘discarded’. That’s just plainly not reality and reveals something about humans, they kinda like their mysteries to life, like they like the future not being known and written by the present.

I liked the idea and is yet another avenue for determining value of an ‘idea’.