Nisbett The Geography Of Thought Analysis

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In Richard Nisbett 's "The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why", the differences between Eastern and Western cultures are discussed thoroughly. Nisbett primarily compares them through their differing thought processes. Western culture is primarily very individualistic, while Eastern culture is very collectivist. I personally have grown up with both of these cultures myself and can back up Nisbett 's claims through personal experience. There are many differing views on where these cultures go from here, and my belief is that they continue to stay predominately separate.

In Eastern culture, the idea of the individual is based upon belonging to a larger group and your place in that group along with the
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Ancient Greece is the ancestor of modern western culture today. In Ancient Greece, the individual was emphasized and challenging ideas was encouraged, as shown through prominent philosophers such as Aristotle and Socrates. The Greeks has the ecological advantage of being able to move from location to location in order to serve their interests. The Greeks made their living through herding, fishing, and trade. It was most likely due to their ability to move from location to location that brought about the individualistic values in their culture. They had to move from their location for their own self-benefit, which in itself is already individualism, and also had to encounter others. Encountering others with differing ideals from themselves is what probably led to eagerness to debate, negotiate, persuade, …show more content…
Fukuyama thinks the world will wind up westernized, while Huntington believes these differing cultural ideals will continue to separate even further. Nisbett himself holds the belief that the best of both cultures will converge together to evolve both. I personally believe all of these scenarios are possible, and either one can happen. From my own personal experience, I see that western culture triumphs in my own case. I believe this is more likely to happen to someone who is either born to immigrant parents in this country or emigrates here at a young age. I was raised with Eastern cultural values but have become extremely westernized as a young adult. I can also see Eastern and Western continuing to diverge, as people are generally stuck to their ways and you cannot easily sway one group of people to another way of thinking. This is most likely to happen to older generations, as the older you get the harder it is to change. Simms in “Immigrants, Assimilation, and Religion” backs up these ideas. Simms states that the more closely attached one is to their culture the less likely they are to fully assimilate, which makes sense in the context of my analysis of age in relation to becoming westernized.I can also see Nisbett 's belief come to fruition in the long-term future, as I have seen my parents adopt the best of both as some other immigrants do. They came to

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