This blog explores implications of this finding for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. Like --
- all human behavior comes from cultures, not "free will" or "rational choice" neither of which our minds allow.
- different cultural assumptions produce different cultures.
- cultural assumptions create moral visions that apply to specific behavioral domains.
- all of us participate in many behavioral domains, so all of us participate in many cultures.
- because cultures direct the course of human affairs, your cultures will take you to their destinations whether you like it or not.
- if you want to reach a specific destination, you must pick the right culture; if you follow the dictates of another culture, you must change cultures or you'll end up at a destination you may not like.
- all conflicts originate in conflicting cultural assumptions.
This blog focuses on two practical issues.
First, because human minds evolved to speculate about material experience, all human knowledge rests on assumptions. Because assumptions, by definition, can't be proved, all human knowledge contains flaws. The search for flaws created what we now call "science."
We will introduce and illustrate methods that allow us to effectively identify these flaws.
Second, because all conflicts and controversies rest on different assumptions, we will introduce and illustrate methods that allow you to identify cultural assumption differences and analyze their implications.