By Richard E. Nisbett
Publish 12 months note: First released February twenty fifth 2003 by way of unfastened Press
A “landmark book” (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the yankee mental organization) via one of many world's preeminent psychologists that proves human habit isn't really “hard-wired” yet a functionality of culture.
Everyone understands that whereas diverse cultures take into consideration the area in a different way, they use an identical apparatus for doing their considering. yet what if everyone seems to be wrong?
The Geography of Thought files Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking foreign study in cultural psychology and indicates that folks truly imagine about—and even see—the international in a different way due to differing ecologies, social buildings, philosophies, and academic structures that date again to old Greece and China. accordingly, East Asian notion is “holistic”—drawn to the perceptual box as an entire and to kin between items and occasions inside of that box. in contrast, Westerners concentrate on salient gadgets or humans, use attributes to assign them to different types, and observe ideas of formal common sense to appreciate their behavior.
From feng shui to metaphysics, from comparative linguistics to financial heritage, a gulf separates the kids of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius. At a second in historical past whilst the necessity for cross-cultural realizing and collaboration have by no means been extra very important, The Geography of suggestion deals either a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that would span it.
William James booklet Award (2004)