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The Theory of Conceptual Labor

Tenets of Conceptual Labor

  1. Labor can be modeled with fundamental components
  2. Individuals experience conceptual labor through a unique mental model
  3. Conceptual labor is required when all components of a model are dynamic and interdependent
  4. We tend towards models with static and well-defined components
  5. Models must be continuously updated
  6. Part of conceptual labor is understanding and explaining why it is necessary
  7. Conceptual labor tends towards abstraction but is rooted in specifics

Core Concepts

Tenets 1 & 2: Modeling Labor

Tenets 3 & 4: Labor Changes

Tenets 5 & 6: Competing Narratives

Tenet 7: Patterns and materials of conceptual labor