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Zi Shun Chen Clifford Geertz argues in his  Culture and Human Nature  that we create and  develop culture and it is what determines our psychology.  In his essay he stated  “we are, in sum, incomplete or unfinished animals who complete or finish  ourselves through culture.” He believes culture, symbols, norms, are what shape  us as we grow up and what we do to shape it later after we become mature. Our  body is the basis of our complexity, social and mental. Yet such complexity is  held majorly by what our previous ancestors have created. Personally, I think, in  some extends, we no longer adapt to the environment; rather, we fix the  environment to suit us. By definition “adaptation” means do internal change to  oneself not the environment. However, there’s no such gene in our body  encoded the knowledge of building a house; we do enormous external changes 
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course SOC 2 taught by Professor Jones during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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