2_Nature_Culture - Outline ❚ Understanding human nature ❚ Animals ❚ Social animals ❚ Cultural animals ❚ Advantages of culture

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Unformatted text preview: Outline ❚ Understanding human nature ❚ Animals ❚ Social animals ❚ Cultural animals ❚ Advantages of culture Understanding Human Nature ❚ How do we understand human nature? What are people all about? ❚ Why do people think, feel, and act as they do? ❚ To understand something, it helps to know what it was made for. What does it do? ❚ So…what was the human mind designed to do? ❚ Nature vs. culture as competing explanations is the old way of thinking ❚ Is someone born that way, or learned? Examples…. ❙ Geniuses ❙ Criminals ❙ Great athletes ❙ Homosexuals ❙ Leaders Understanding Human Nature Explaining People with Culture ❚ How you were brought up ❚ What you learned ❚ Parents, siblings, teachers, peers, media ❚ Some say that culture can shape people in widely different ways ❚ Doesn’t easily explain what is similar about humans everywhere Understanding Human Nature Explaining People with Nature ❚ Born a certain way ❚ Evolved from other animals, retaining their traits ❚ Survival and reproduction dictate behavior ❚ Desire food, safety, sex, pleasure, reproduction ❚ Doesn’t easily explain what is different about humans (vs. other animals) Understanding Human Nature Cultural Animal Perspective ❚ People were made by nature for culture ❚ Instead of nature against culture, nature made people precisely...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PSYCH 280 taught by Professor Bushman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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2_Nature_Culture - Outline ❚ Understanding human nature ❚ Animals ❚ Social animals ❚ Cultural animals ❚ Advantages of culture

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