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On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 14:17:20 Reply

Definition:

1) Cultural Conditioning is the social process in which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world.

2) Cultural Conditioning can prevent critical thinking:

+ One who has not been exposed to other cultures might assume that their cultural way of being is the norm, and that anything that is NOT like their own is interpreted as strange, absurd, or possibly a threat. Essentially, they become ethnocentric and perceive one's way of being as "the right way". Naturally, this leads to unfounded conclusions and biases against other ways of being.

+ Once those biases and unfounded conclusions are rationalized in the conservative mind, it can lead to all types of societal phobia's that can cause harm to a great number of people. (Homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, racism).

3) How Cultural Conditioning can be avoided:

+ We need to be humble. We need to recognize that nobody should claim more than one actually knows. There isn't one person that knows everything.

+ We have to have courage to fairly address new viewpoints, ideas, or beliefs. We have to realize that some of our ideas, beliefs or viewpoints might seem absurd to others.

+ We have to be genuinely emphatic towards other peoples way of being. We should take the time to fully understand other's people beliefs along with imaginatively putting ourselves in the place of others.

+ We should treat all viewpoint similarly. We should listen to all different perspectives with a fair mind and not quickly strike out those beliefs that run against our own.

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What do you guys think?


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 14:33:07 Reply

Imagine no religion.

Me and my friend have this conversation often, usually talking about politics, oddly enough, usually american politics, and if how religion had nothing to do with law the world would be a better place.

Come, join us, be a Socialist.


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 14:35:06 Reply

with more shine and bounce

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 14:42:56 Reply

At 9/12/11 02:33 PM, iMini wrote: Imagine no religion.

Me and my friend have this conversation often, usually talking about politics, oddly enough, usually american politics, and if how religion had nothing to do with law the world would be a better place.

What's wrong with people believing in a higher power that brings them happiness and meaning to the world? Even if a God doesn't exist, it'll make them happy, who cares?

A few nutcases use religion as an excuse to blow up a building or a bus or something. But that's just a front, get rid of religion and you'd have just as many nutcases willing to mess things up.


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 14:44:47 Reply

you'd have more

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 16:37:35 Reply

At 9/12/11 02:42 PM, Markface wrote:
At 9/12/11 02:33 PM, iMini wrote: Imagine no religion.

Me and my friend have this conversation often, usually talking about politics, oddly enough, usually american politics, and if how religion had nothing to do with law the world would be a better place.
What's wrong with people believing in a higher power that brings them happiness and meaning to the world? Even if a God doesn't exist, it'll make them happy, who cares?

A few nutcases use religion as an excuse to blow up a building or a bus or something. But that's just a front, get rid of religion and you'd have just as many nutcases willing to mess things up.

I think you misunderstand me. Religion is not a bad thing, it gives people closure in their lives. However, I think it's wrong that Religion can and does have such a huge affect on what laws are passed and what practices are banned, such as abortions. Something recently that has highly aggravated me, is that a potential presidential candidate said "All of America's problems, can be fixed through prayer". I'm sorry, but no. You should not be allowing religion to let the people who run any country to think in such a way. When we have no defintive proof that that would do anything you should rely on people helping each other and science.

I'm agnostic myself, I don't believe in any "mainstream" religion, but perhaps, there was or is a higher being who created us, not in human form but as the single celled organisms we originated from, and from there we grew into what we are today through evolution.


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 16:53:52 Reply

You have a fair point, nearly identical to the ones that I would expect to be picked up in High School, but I like my cultural conditioning because it justifies living to excess in the name of comfort. While I tend to tolerate other viewpoints, I'm not nearly about to actually accept them, or even acknowledge them as legitimate, until I know they're not as big a load of shit as mine is.

Of course, that happens quite a bit. But sometimes you just want to keep the more conservative of humanity out of contact with each other - some people just can't really visualize their culture as being anything but superior. Weird-ass fucks.

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 16:56:04 Reply

At 9/12/11 04:37 PM, iMini wrote: Something recently that has highly aggravated me, is that a potential presidential candidate said "All of America's problems, can be fixed through prayer".

Personal likes and dislikes are merely opinions and should not be the laws of the land, I'll agree. Though a person should be allowed to base their presidential choices and government on their own beliefs, especially if elected. To deny someone the chance to govern a party based on religious moral is just as bad as creating laws directly in relation some medieval biblical belief.


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 16:56:50 Reply

Culture? What's that?

I'm a part of the counter-culture, so yeah.

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 17:00:54 Reply

What? You mean that there are other ways to live besides sitting in a cabin and shooting deer?!?


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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 17:01:26 Reply

maybe get your some good grammar and proper terminolgy than it won't be the most full of shit you idiot

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2011-09-12 17:13:00 Reply

like "closed minded" instead of "conservative"

you teach them this
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e n/wiki/Reality_tunnel#Considerations

but that won't be held in public schools, because that would hurt your role as a slave and the enlightened money masters keep that information for their advantage - baby you're a rich man

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Response to On Cultural Conditioning 2012-11-29 22:53:06 Reply

This is wonderful for a paper I am writing. I came upon this while researching. Do you think you could tell where you got your source(s) from? I know it's been a a while since this post, so even a rough idea would help. It's urgent. Thank you!