Social Psychology and Cultural Context is the first survey of social psychology to integrate cross-cultural issues. The book not only utilizes several variants of the construct of subjective culture but also reflects the current state of affairs in the social domain of cross-cultural psychology. Written by world-renowned specialists, the chapters in this volume offer valuable insights to students and researchers in both cross-cultural and social psychology.
Chapter 6: Culture, Connectionism, and the Self
Culture, Connectionism, and the Self
All things flow.
Standing on a river-bank he said: it is what passes like that, indeed, not stopping day, night.
At about the same time in human history, two of the fine minds in the East and the West were impressed by the never-ceasing flow of events that is the universe. Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic philosopher who was bitterly criticized by Plato and Aristotle, and Confucius, the quintessential wise man revered in the Chinese tradition, both commented on the perpetual flux of a river. The first opening quotation is a paraphrase from Plato's discussion of Heraclitus (Russell, 1945/1972). Perhaps developing the same theme, in [Page 78]one ...