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Unformatted text preview: WEEK 2 Culture Rituals become cultural once its socially accepted ex. certain things people do for good luck, like not washing a certain item, not cutting their hair and etc Once a symbol is related to a meaning, and shared/transmitted, and passed on it becomes a cultural aspect. In Religion: Culture symbolic forms, material forms Hero's Aeolopile, 1st century c.e. First steam engine created. This was a device that was used for opening doors in castles. Water would be put in which will boil -> turn into steam -> then evaporate When it wasn't necessary anymore it was forgotten During the Industrial Revolution people began to make use of this system again to harness energy and used in manufacturing Once it became useful, it became culture The Atanasoff-Berry Digital Computer c.a. (1939) The first computer It was used for calculations but nothing more. It was stored in the basement and was also forgotten However, around the time of World War II, the military armies thought it had potential and would be useful They used it for translating codes, locating certain areas of target, etc It was helpful because it gave them an advantage over the Nazi's They invested a lot of money in developing it The computer became part of culture after it became a social need. Something becomes culture when it fulfills a wide spread social need - ex. new forms of efficiently delivered energy, need for rapid calculation- these are cultural objects that have transformed our lives Most of us are unaware of the culture around us and we also have trouble understanding other...
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