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    Cultural Anthropology

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/op...an-others.html

    Cites Nesbitt and studies I have mentioned before.. I find this sort of study fascinating.. The measurably different thought processing and patterning thats learned behavior..

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    My business partner is Taiwanese......I am European.

    We have a plastic injection moulding factory employing 30 or so local African rural women.

    Our engineers are all Chinese.

    Now what I want to know is what influence growing and eating maize has.....'cos that is what our African workers eat.They just seem plain lazy......and slow.

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    It's the age old nature/nurture question isn't it? What seems clear is that nurture, or learned behaviour, can and often does overcome nature or natural instinct over time; people can learn to behave in a way that their natural instincts tell them not to.

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    Yeah but going by that article Africans should be more like Europeans 'cos they grow maize.....which is relatively simple compared to rice.....thus being more independent.

    But they aren't.....in fact they are more collective like Asians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Yeah but going by that article Africans should be more like Europeans 'cos they grow maize.....which is relatively simple compared to rice.....thus being more independent.

    But they aren't.....in fact they are more collective like Asians.
    So is it making a common mistake of correlation without causality..

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    It could hold true for Europeans and Asians (broad brush as stated) but then shows up the Africans as an anomaly.........just seems very incomplete.

    It's an interesting subject tho' no doubt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Yeah but going by that article Africans should be more like Europeans 'cos they grow maize.....which is relatively simple compared to rice.....thus being more independent.

    But they aren't.....in fact they are more collective like Asians.
    So southern ethnic Africans are more about the group and working together rather than independent thought? Is that what you are saying? So what else in their history has made them behave in that way? If not the crops...

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    Definitely.

    They have an oral tradition.....history handed down by spoken word and songs.

    No traditional written language.

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    But don't forget they are also traditionally tribal......Zulu vs Xhosa were the most warlike against the Sotho and the Tswana plus various others.

    These days they stand much closer together

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    But probably the biggest factor uniting them is colonisation and distrust of Europeans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Definitely.

    They have an oral tradition.....history handed down by spoken word and songs.

    No traditional written language.
    And a total tangent.. But almost related to this post.. I just put this in my kindle queue..

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0446579068/...I2EONWXT76LLSO

    Looks interesting.

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    Google Ubuntu Nick....can't link it from my mobile at the mo'

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    And a total tangent.. But almost related to this post.. I just put this in my kindle queue..

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0446579068/...I2EONWXT76LLSO

    Looks interesting.
    Will look out for that one Sef

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Google Ubuntu Nick....can't link it from my mobile at the mo'
    Thanks interesting. I had no idea...

    I guess Maori is another one.. they are quite group oriented with no written, only oral language... and crops/hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    And a total tangent.. But almost related to this post.. I just put this in my kindle queue..

    Child of the Jungle: The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds: Sabine Kuegler: 9780446579063: Amazon.com: Books

    Looks interesting.
    Interesting... even reading this I can't work out if she ever went back to live there again. Possibly not...

    Sabine Kuegler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Think she committed suicide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Think she committed suicide?
    She appears to be still alive though...

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