East Versus West: One Sees Big Picture, Other Is Focused

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Submitted by Marty on Mon, 2006-01-02 09:29

Click here to read the article, "East Versus West: One Sees Big Picture, Other Is Focused."
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/news/department/news/?id=77

The article contains some good observations and stimulates thought. But it does makes some errors. There's confusion on perception and our interpretation of the perception.   There is also confusion between a mental setting for context as opposed to a separate form of cognition. If an Englishman hears 'paddle your own canoe,' he will interpret it one way, while if a Frenchman hears 'pas de leur on connu,' he will interpret it differently. It's a no-brainer that cultures can influence the way we interpret data. But that doesn't add up to a difference in the way man engages in concept formation, quantitative reasoning, induction, deduction, causality, etc.   This article is an example of today's "gather-lots-of-data" science without sound philosophical guidance and interpretation.


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