Culture and Human Thought

The Core of Who We Are

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About the Book

Individuals often view “culture” as activities beyond their interests, associating the concept with exclusivity or high art. To be cultured is often synonymous with engaging in physical expressions of art, like opera, a classical music concert, a museum exhibit or a theater performance. While culture does indeed extend to all these things, it is the internal processes of memory, language, imagination and thought that frequently have more significance than any real-world activity. Culture is day-to-day life, ideas, identity and perception.
This book investigates the ways in which thought and belief have inspired collective human endeavors and traditions. The text brings the act of thinking into clear focus, outlining its effect on civic development while exploring the history of cultural epistemology. Spanning across time periods and geographic regions, chapters derive new and unique meaning from the connection between thought, belief, tradition and the cultures they create. It explores how active thinking leads to group identity and documents the multigenerational ideas and attitudes that have strengthened cultural memory.

About the Author(s)

Gary Edson, professor emeritus of museum science at the Center for Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management, Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, was executive director of the Museum for 25 years. The author of numerous books and articles on museum practices, he lives and works in Taiwan, R.O.C.

Bibliographic Details

Gary Edson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9074-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4832-3
Imprint: McFarland