The Geography of Thought
An esteemed psychologist explores the divergent ways Eastern and Western societies see and understand the world, demonstrating how readers might bridge cognitive divides in today's interdependent global culture. 13 illustrations.
how Asians and westerners think differently-- and why
The syllogism and the Tao: philosophy, science and society in ancient Greece and China -- The social origins of mind: economics, social practices, and thought -- Living together vs. going it alone: social life and sense of self in the modern East and West -- "Eyes in back of your head" or "Keep your eye on the ball"?: Envisioning the world -- "The bad seed" or "The other boys made him do it"?: causal attribution and causal modeling East and West -- Is the world made up of nouns or verbs?: categories and rules vs. relationships and similarities -- "Ce n'est pas logique" or "You've got a point there"?: logic and the law of noncontradiction -- And if the nature of thought is not everywhere the same?: implications for psychology, philosophy, education, and everyday life -- The end of psychology or the clash of mentalities?: the longevity of differences.
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