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Paul Grobstein's picture

certainty, culture, and the brain

I wonder if a desire for certainty is actually as fundamental a characteristic of human nature as many people think it is.  See Inverting the relationship between randomness and meaning.  Maybe here too we're dealing with a culturally encouraged expression rather than an inevitability?  Its also worth thinking about whether culture is something in addition to the brain, or something that influences behavior by influencing the brain?  See The brain and social organization/culture

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