Apply it! Exercises

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How Culture Shapes our Mind and Brain
Meghan Meyer
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The Western philosopher Descartes suggested that existence is demonstrated by the ability to reflect upon it. His quote, "I think, therefore I am," is well known. The Eastern philosopher Confucius argued that existence is achieved by recognizing there is no real separation between the self, others, and the environment. How are these two different views of existence reflected in the definitions many Western-European and American peoples have for the individual, compared to how many East-Asians define the individual?
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In what ways do cultures influence the development of one's self-definition?

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