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Does Rice Farming Lead to Collectivist Thinking?

Does Rice Farming Lead to Collectivist Thinking? | cognition | Scoop.it
Psychologists find that the agricultural region in China where people grew up predicted whether they have an individualistic or communal outlook
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This "rice culture" theory purports to explain the differences between the WEIRD and the East or why Japan, South Korea and southern China, among other parts of Asia remain less individualistic than their modern peers in Europe despite similar levels of economic development, Internet penetration or employment by private industry (as opposed to a communist system). 

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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy - Mothers and Others

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy presents a new vision of human evolution and to argue that our capacity to understand, engage and empathise with each other stems from our status as a cooperatively parenting species.

 

 

NB: Due to copyright issues, the RSA has substituted other images for those actually used in the lecture. 

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