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A: An organized system of learned behavior that is a total way of life of a people. | by zachstern
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A: An organized system of learned behavior that is a total way of life of a people.

Q: What is "culture"?

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outmodels in the wild,

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Confirmation Bias.

 

Each circle represents an individual with an outmodel (M) that represents its individual view of the world (color). The outmodel of each individual is heavily influenced by the outmodels of the individuals around them, and is influenced to a lesser degree by parts of the objective world with which the individual has direct contact (trees). As a group, the individuals create a common world view, or an organized system of learned behavior that is their total way of life (i.e., a culture). Commonly, individuals and groups resist changes or challenges to their world view. Thus, in the cynical view of this image, cultures clash when they meet, resulting in destruction of individuals unwilling or unable to change their colors.

 

Many thanks to Mr. Polachek, my 7th grade social studies teacher, who first introduced me to a formal definition of culture.

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Uploaded on March 27, 2006