PSYC 3350 Lecture 2: CuP - Lecture 2 (Jan 12).docx

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Cultural ideas and norms don"t necessarily emerge to address universal problems they result from cultural learning. Cultures are fluid and dynamic, and in most cases, will change over time. Changing norms regarding blowing your nose, spitting, farting, burping. Human evolution 1 million years: homo sapiens 150,000 200,000, origin in africa, archaeologists can extract mitochondrial dna from fossilized bones which can better narrow dates and timelines for the origin of humanity. Industrial some illiterate agricultural some hunter gatherer retaining stone tools. Mesopotamia : stable food source of animals and plants. In eurasia , there is a geographical advantage: things move from east to west whereas in north america or africa for example, there is a north-south orientation. Best plants for domestication: 5000 years earlier than americas. East-west orientation: climate similar, crops spread easily, cultural ideas spread more easily, more time for inventiveness. Technology development: metallurgy (tools, weapons, writing.

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