Culture, Language and Consciousness
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This paper presents the premises that consciousness is an emergent feature of all mobile organisms to varying degrees and that culture is functional thus subject to the same sorts of selection pressures that govern organic evolution; thereby, the role of language in relation to consciousness and culture is key. Next, the author presents several studies and models that support these ideas. The paper concludes that, although the concept is not really a linear relationship, the theory that life breeds consciousness, consciousness breeds language and language breeds culture is a starting point for biopsychosocial theory.
From the Paper:"For example, farmers in developing countries and in developed countries prior to the Industrial Revolution practiced a set of culture that constitutes breeding and bearing many children, not totally for the sake of love, but out of necessity: this custom yielded more farmhands with fewer labor costs. Since they were economically viable and beneficial, the children worked on the farm for the survival of that particular group for income and feeding purposes. If the children were grown, marriages were arranged for the girls to prominent suitors who had vast amount of arid land to secure the survival of the family and the boys took over their father's land to also secure the family.
"However, it is becoming a current phenomenon in Africa and was in developed countries in that people came to the state of consciousness that the new economy depends on vast services rendered, therefore raising the standard of living. Automatically, a cultural change of child breeding and rearing developed drastically and systematically over a period of time, which entailed not having an army of kids, but a minimum of two or maximum of three (in contrast to the past where having fifteen children and over was the norm)."
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