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How People Think

Roy F. Baumeister

in The Cultural Animal

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167030
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167030.003.0004
How People Think

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Thinking and communicating are vital to culture. Culture is based on shared understandings, and shared understandings require both thinking (for the understanding) and communication (for the sharing). Culture is made out of language, partly because language is such a powerful medium for both thinking and communicating. This chapter shows that people use their intelligent brains mainly to think about other people, including the broader meaningful context of their interactions. This fits the view that the human mind is mainly used for the purpose of participating in culture and society.

Keywords: thinking; communicating; culture; cultural participation; cultural society

Chapter.  35845 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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