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Old 09-01-2004, 01:43 PM
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Question What is culture?

Each living life is attached in culture whether humans or animals. Culture is natural development during birth process {what we call is behavior, that changes from individual to individual broadened when lives in family that family is part of a society (group or community), behavior of the group is culture} and its evolution is based on intelligence reaction to experiences and needs. For example initial stages of humans, behavior were similar to other animals lived in groups. Animals too live in groups (society or community) and their group behavior and practices is their culture. Human intelligence reacted stronger to experiences and needs that widened cultural status.

Culture is process to live in group. Each society has norms to follow by individuals in order to retain society strong and intact.

Culture is a process for identity of living creatures and cultural evolution raises the identity of society, benefit goes to its individuals.

Culture differentiates from group to group (as behavior changes) though major part remains same as human culture to differentiate from other species. This gives different identity.

For society’s culture there is one individual behind who broadens or establishes the cultural status.

Culture developed by beliefs, faith, practices, customs, way to live, art, intelligence, language, food habits, and economy etc; Cultural growth gave identity to the societies that named, Christian or Muslim or Hindu or Jewish or Buddhist etc; have different cultures. So when we come across art, customs etc; we identify what is their culture or which religion they belong. Cultural growth is community growth.

Differences of cultures of two societies when clash leads to war and stronger one overpowers the other to establish own culture that way it broadens its culture. An apparent example we have is western culture spread in most part of the world.


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Old 09-01-2004, 02:32 PM
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Culture is programming for sure. Culture arises when the same basic entity develops in various places. The brain is a computer. It networks through the modems of seeing,hearing, and speaking. This is how we become one. But duality creates culture in the minds of men. All the processes are the same, only details are different.

Imagine a group of computers, speaking with a modem developed in a certain area. They all speak the same language. When a new computer comes into the picture, its language is slightly different. Just as music changes a sentence when it is sung, accents are created when one computer from another area speaks our native programming.

It is all about flow of informtation. Data, delivered with certain spaces and notes. Culture is signature.

Culture is programming percieved in duality in comparison to others.
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Old 09-01-2004, 04:31 PM
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Culture is socially transmitted behavior, plain and simple.

It's the general consensus of what's proper and acceptable. It's always changing but slowly. You can attempt to speed up the change, but you do so at your own risk.
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Old 09-01-2004, 05:15 PM
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But what is that behavior? What is culture? I think culture is a product of duality, created when our patterns of communication and behavior are compared in mind.
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Old 09-01-2004, 06:09 PM
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Culture is the language, customs, religion, ideology, technology, etc.. of a society. It's everything that makes American society American in character or Chinese society Chinese in character etc..
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:22 AM
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I believe culture is a social construct, open to reinterpretation and conflict; hence humanity's long history of waging war against those with opposing social constructs!
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Each living life is attached in culture whether humans or animals.
Welcome to the cloud Sadashivan.

Must disagree with you however. Animals don't have culture, sorry, although they may have some learned behaviors that vary by geography or other demographic (monkeys in Japan learned to wash fruit and passed that to their young, with the elders not participating in this behavior, but this isn't "culture" in a general sense, and certainly monkeys are enough like us to perhaps allow me to even entertain the idea of them having culture).

What "culture" do ants have, as they far outnumber most other species on the planet? Do they have ANY LEARNED behaviors? I submit NOT!
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:42 AM
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Welcome to the cloud Sadashivan.

Must disagree with you however. Animals don't have culture, sorry, although they may have some learned behaviors that vary by geography or other demographic
Thanks we have still have not explored fully about animal behavior. So we can not be very much certain. Most animals live in groups under one dominent command. Each animal has different behavior in the a group , different behaviours and practices still live in one group. Expansion of behavior and practices in the group which animals too have, is i feel culture though may not be as strong culture as humans have. Lioness can face and even attack lion for the safety of her cub. Lion kills cub born to other lion. Elephants pay tribute to dead body and there are many instances which reveals something.
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:52 AM
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Culture is socially transmitted behavior, plain and simple.
You are perfect, have explained in one sentence.
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:56 AM
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Culture is the language, customs, religion, ideology, technology, etc.. of a society.
When language, customs, religion, ideology, technology, etc.. of a society, join together form culture. Yes u r Commendable!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-02-2004, 07:18 AM
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Each living life is attached in culture ...
False.

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Culture is natural development during birth process...
False, unless qualified with some mention of humanity.

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{what we call is behavior, that changes from individual to individual broadened when lives in family that family is part of a society (group or community), behavior of the group is culture}
All respect (perhaps English is your second language), but the grammar here is utterly confusing. The only thing I can really make sense of is the assertion "behavior of the group is culture," which is essentially incorrect.

"Behavior" mirrors action, which indeed all living things exhibit; but not all living things exhibit "culture."

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For example initial stages of humans, behavior were similar to other animals lived in groups. Animals too live in groups (society or community)...
Humans are "animals" -- let's get that out of the way -- so there's no real insight into the claim humans "were similar to other animals." Further, "society or community" is not a ready synonym for "group." A grouping of trees or a pack of wolves does not have the same connotation as the term "society" in the way we humans understand the term.

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...and their group behavior and practices is their culture.
This is a gross underestimation of what the term culture designates: "culture," instead, is in fact the exact essence of humanity: humans are the "cultural animal;" it has been argued that the emergence of what we call "culture" (early examples include the burial of the dead, controlled fire, cave art, etc.) is indeed the "point of divergence" for humanity.

The phrase "group behavior" purported to be a synonym for culture sells things like art, language, and human customs at large much more than a little short.

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Human intelligence reacted stronger to experiences and needs that widened cultural status.
Philosophically or anthropologically, this is not even a complete sentence.

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Culture is process to live in group. Each society has norms to follow by individuals in order to retain society strong and intact.
This sounds like you're confusing morality with culture.

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Culture is a process for identity of living creatures and cultural evolution raises the identity of society, benefit goes to its individuals.
Again, I'm sorry -- there might be a worthy idea/observation here, but the grammar is so poor, I really have no idea what you're saying.

I'm going to just stop here. I have a headache.
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Old 09-02-2004, 02:55 PM
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Daybreak,

I think sadashivan is pretty much on track and it's you who don't understand. Sada is not confusing morality and culture. He recognizes that a common moral code is the principal component of culture.

And when he calls culture a process, he is simply acknowledging that culture evolves.

Maybe his English is not perfect, but his message comes across.

What are you, a bigot or a xenophobe?


Sadashivan,

The only area in which I disagree with you is in your contention that the benefit of culture goes to its individuals. Not always. In authoritarian cultures, much of it goes to the rulers, often at the expense of its individuals.
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Culture is, above all, unity of style in all the expressions of the life of a people. Much knowledge and learning is neither an essential means to culture nor a sign of it, and if needs be can get along very well with the opposite of culture, barbarism, which is lack of style or a chaotic jumble of all styles.
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Culture is, above all, unity of style in all the expressions of the life of a people. Much knowledge and learning is neither an essential means to culture nor a sign of it, and if needs be can get along very well with the opposite of culture, barbarism, which is lack of style or a chaotic jumble of all styles.
MB, I agree with your first sentence and the first clause in your second sentence, but not with the rest.

Barbarism has two meanings. It can mean uncivilized in the sense that the barbaric person has not absorbed the culture of any group, -- or it can mean savage, cruel, and brutish.

According to the first definition, barbarism is the natural state of innocent babies, or feral hermits who've had so little contact with others that they have no culture, only an individual style which may or not be violent; They simply have not had the opportunity to learn any social skills.

According to the second definition a barbarian is a member of a society or culture that is harsh, savage, violent and cruel. In this case the style of behavior is socially transmitted.
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Culture arises when our computer brains link up through the modem of voice, hearing, and moving. We are the culture animal because we are the social animal. We are the social animal because we are a networked animal. We are a computer. Culture arises when we network into a collective. Duality/patterns of information.

If our Pc's had the holy ghost, and then tried communicating with prior/advanced versions, or just different versions developed in different places, it would experience culture. Accents are pretty, but exist only because of duality between the varying patterns in which we speak. Culture is the same. When we network, become one being, we percieve culture in duality.

Look at humans. We see hot looking faces, pretty teeth, and dreamy eyes. Our faces are the link through which we network. It is like a modem. Facial expressions are patterns of information. Teeth are a tool, a part of a machine for breaking down food. Dreamy eyes are the camera through which our computer logs information in memory. Memory serves for our purpose the same way our PC's store in memory our favorite websites. The PC's become conditioned to get to the material faster.

This is why we always have eye contact. Watch a musical, or a play. What do they all do? Their faces stay locked on each other because they are in conference, becoming one.
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