Re: Animal culture?

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 22:17:34 -0700

On Mon, 5 Aug 1996, Lee Beard wrote:

> If our definition of "culture" means that it has to be transmitted
> symbolically, by language as he puts it, then that would rule out many aspects
> of human behavior that are not transmitted symbolically. For instance,
> dancing is a common type of human behavior used to gain insight into a
> culture. When I learned to dance, I did not do so by having someone or
> some book explain to me how -- I learned by watching others. If we
> follow Ron Kephart's definition of culture, requiring the transmission
> of culture through language, then my "disco dancing" was not cultural.
> If disco dancing is not cultural, then what is it? "Proto-culture?"

"Decadence" comes to mind...

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge