Beyond Culture - Chapter 3, Consistency and Life Summary & Analysis

Edward T. Hall
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The central nervous system that is the main conduit for mankind's brain functions and the basis for its evolution predates man's extensions.

Man's communicative behavior is based on physiology and spoken language, but cannot be understood apart from the context of the embodying culture or sub culture. The part of man's nervous system that controls his social behavior and communication is based on a negative feedback principle. An individual only becomes aware of the control system and its pertinence to his behavior when it deviates from the subconscious program within himself.

The study of different cultures leads to an awareness of an individual's personal cultural basis for his behavior. It comprises examination of the mental maps each person carries within himself or herself. Studying the underlying control system of cultural behavior can be carried out using thought experiments to...

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