The "why" of culture

Holly Swyers (nesn-info@CCE.ORG)
Fri, 3 May 1996 15:44:06 GMT

On May 2, Matthew Hill writes:

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I think not, but I am strongly of the opinion that these 'mental phenomena'
'things inside peoples heads' or 'conceptual frameworks' are explanations
for culture (shared patterns of behaviour not likely to be the result of
inherited characteristics, physical or chemical laws, etc. to be quick and
dirty). Interesting explanations, perhaps, but another order of thing.
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I've been so hung up in the "what is culture?" question (which I still do not
feel has been answered to my satisfaction) that I hadn't really considered
"why is culture?" I have to go think about this for a while.

"...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
-William Shakespeare in _Hamlet_ II,ii,247-48