February 13, 2007
Culture- The shared values, beliefs, behavior, and material objects of human society that
together form a people’s way of life.
Collectively, humans manufacture culture like they manufacture any other
tangible or intangible project for their use.
is all of the shared material and nonmaterial projects of
- Shared rules and guidelines that prescribe the behavior appropriate in
a given situation (it is a guideline of how people should behave in particular
- The ordinary usages and conventions of everyday life (e.g. how to
eat, how to dress, to speak, etc, in given situations)
- Strong norms that are regarded as morally significant and violations
of them are considered a serious matter. (pronounced: more-ray)
February 20, 2007
- Shared ideas about what is good, right, and desirable to a given
group, culture, or society
: The difference between values and norms is that values are abstract,
general concepts, whereas norms are specific guidelines for people in
particular kinds of situations.
are broad principles that underlie beliefs.)
- Something believed or accepted as true, or specific statements that
people hold to be true.
Early humans had many phyriscal disadvantages relative to many other
Were slower, weaker, had poorer eyesight, poorer hearing, a poor sense
of smell, etc.
In spite of these disadvantages, our early ancestors were able to survive,
prosper, and dominate nature.