The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently-And Why

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently-And Why

Richard E. Nisbett

Publish 12 months note: First released February twenty fifth 2003 through unfastened Press

A “landmark book” (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the yankee mental organization) by means of one of many world's preeminent psychologists that proves human habit isn't “hard-wired” yet a functionality of culture.

Everyone understands that whereas various cultures take into consideration the realm another way, they use an analogous gear for doing their pondering. yet what if everyone seems to be wrong?

The Geography of Thought files Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking foreign examine in cultural psychology and exhibits that folks really imagine about—and even see—the international otherwise due to differing ecologies, social buildings, philosophies, and academic platforms that date again to old Greece and China. hence, East Asian suggestion is “holistic”—drawn to the perceptual box as an entire and to family members between items and occasions inside that box. in contrast, Westerners specialise in salient gadgets or humans, use attributes to assign them to different types, and follow principles of formal good judgment to appreciate their behavior.

From feng shui to metaphysics, from comparative linguistics to monetary heritage, a gulf separates the youngsters of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius. At a second in heritage while the necessity for cross-cultural realizing and collaboration have by no means been extra vital, The Geography of suggestion deals either a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that may span it.

Literary Awards
William James e-book Award (2004)

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