What makes material work everywhere?


Lisa Feldman Barrett discusses how humans impose value on various materials and agree to exchange them for goods. This consensus isn't limited by the physical attributes of the materials (e.g., salt, barley, bitcoin), but by their agreed function and value within society. She also touches on Darwin's idea of variation and functional criteria, noting that concepts can change based on the function they serve, blending physical constraints with cognitive flexibility 1.

The Function of Value

Lisa discusses how humans impose value on things and agree to exchange them for material goods. She draws on Darwin's theory of variation and the functional features of species. Lisa also explores how humans categorize things based on their function and the physical constraints that limit this categorization.

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