Sunday, September 05, 2010

A Response to Are Western Minds Different?

The Ideas blog on the NY times published an article, Are Western Minds Different? which I responded to:

It would be better if you had printed, or at least corrected, the acronym, WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic).

Although the more open-minded and academic would accept this as likely true and significant, we live in a country of the very narrow-minded - maybe most humans are - unable to consider things from other viewpoints. Those close-minded, hedgehogs won't be impacted by the fact that people are different. It's a lost nuance....
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Karl Ove Knausgaard Answers the Proust Questionnaire | Vanity Fair

Reading this piece only makes me want to read his works more than I do now. This was the first: Which living person do you most admire? I ...