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Humans aren't natural but cultural. The natural human is pretty boring.
by IM on Mon Mar 11th, 2013 at 06:28:46 AM EST
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Nope. Cultural is natural, for humans and a pile of other animals too.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 06:17:55 AM EST
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Cultural is all the same a big pile of natural for humans.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 07:16:21 AM EST
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No other species has external inter-generational memory or the ability to communicate abstractions to anything like the extent humans do.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 07:42:30 AM EST
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Quite.

No other species (unless our powers of observation are too limited for us to notice) has anything like the volume, complexity, and duration of human culture.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 08:16:18 AM EST
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Which makes it not natural?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 10:31:56 AM EST
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Is that what I said?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 11:14:57 AM EST
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(Some) etologists define culture inclusively as socially transmitted behaviour. Of course economics is cultural. Of course culture is natural for humans. Of course nonhuman animals may have culture.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 12th, 2013 at 08:01:47 AM EST
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