Re: Is Culture Behavior?

Michael John Evans (g8726246@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Sun, 30 Jan 1994 17:20:53 -0500

Heather here: I would agree that culture is behaviour, and add that
while machines (or tools, actually, material artifacts) are not
*culture*, thay are the locus of a lot of cultural activity. I usually
teach my intro undergraduate students that *how* you *use* a tool, and
the *kind* of tools you *think of*, and how you *produce* the tool
(artifact) *is* culture: those activities are
behavioural and shared (taught, learned, invented in situations requiring
creative application of analogy, etc.). But did I miss something in a
hasty use of the delete button? How is monotheism culture, and
does that mean that polytheism is not?

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