Valuating intellectual capital
That’s the question that I think about regularly as part of the social new world order. The answer: One US dollar according to the US Bureau of Chemistry and Soils.
That seems low to me. So if you’re looking to get more than a buck for your body, one idea is to sell your individual organs. However, since that’s illegal, an alternative might be to tan your skin for sale as ‘leather’. According to the same research, your skin would be worth about $3.50 if it were sold as ‘cowhide’, which runs around $0.25 per square foot. So, if you take the dollar’s worth of elements that comprise your body and add the value of your ‘tanned hide’, you might be worth as much as $4.50.
Now it is also possible, that US bureau is looking in the wrong place to assess your value. For example, one might argue that your value is comprised of various elements:
- Physical capital – is $1.00 according to the periodic table of elements;
- Financial capital – it the amount you have saved or inherited from your parents;
- Intellectual capital – equals what you know and how much you earn during your career;
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