always looking for simple solutions?

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“It’s now a well-documented that we in the West have a strong cognitive bias to simplistic explanations. And thus simple solutions.”

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The geography of thought: how culture colors the way the mind works – Richard Nisbett

• The West is reductionist, the East is holistic
• The East is accepts contradiction, the West must be consistent
• The West focuses on the object, the East observers the context
http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/000922.html

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the effect of cultural legacy on behaviour and success. E.g. Eastern cultures with a history of rice farming that demands consistent attention tending to be better at maths, than western cultures that have more ‘fire and forget’ crop systems.

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