This essay focuses on the dog-eat-dog corporate world. from their proto-chimpanzee ancestors was the ability to learn and accumulate cultural information
Universal Brains Develop into Culturally Variable Minds The starting assumption of cultural psychology is that we are all cultural beings. One key adaptation that enabled humans to distinguish
themselves from their proto-chimpanzee ancestors was the ability to learn and accumulate cultural information so well. This adaptation allowed humans to learn the requisite technologies and skills to stake out a successful existence in such diverse environments as the ice-encased Arctic hinterland, the thick Amazonian jungle, the parched Kalahari desert, and the dog-eat-dog corporate world of Wall Street. Without this ability to learn cultural information, we would likely still be competing with our distant chimpanzee relatives over territorial rights to some termite mounds.
The ability to acquire cultural knowledge has allowed us to succeed in an amazingly diverse array of environments. The key point about cultural knowledge and skills is that they are not in our heads from the beginning. This contrasts with other important kinds of knowledge and skills that we see in other species. Salmon do not have to be teach how to find their way back from the ocean. This is to the stream where they were born.
That knowledge is instinctual. Cats do not need to b_e taught to go into their hunting position. This when they hear something rustle in the grass. These kinds of skills are hard-wire, although certain environmental experiences might be necessary to trigger them. . We must learn these skills, and we have certain biological potentials that enable us to learn them well. p. 45). This suggests that fundamentally our nature is that of a cultural being. Our universal biological foundation is shaped by.
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