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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    Would you say the US is much of a British culture? They drink beer, gin and tea. We drink whiskey, vodka and coffee.
    Also wrong about British "culture". Apparently culture is just about beverages. This simplifies things a good deal.
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    ^If it's all about beverages, people in the USA drink as much Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper as they do anything else. And who ever said that the British drink more beer than people in the USA. Also many Texans/Southerners practically have ice tea running in their veins. does that make them somehow more British than other people in the USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    Also wrong about British "culture". Apparently culture is just about beverages. This simplifies things a good deal.
    Go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    Go away.
    Why? She brings a very valid point. Comparing drinks to compare cultures is ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    ^If it's all about beverages, people in the USA drink as much Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper as they do anything else. And who ever said that the British drink more beer than people in the USA. Also many Texans/Southerners practically have ice tea running in their veins. does that make them somehow more British than other people in the USA?
    The UK does consume more beer per capita than the USA does, but it's not by a whole lot. The Czech Republic is the world capital of beer consumption, followed by Ireland.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loxias View Post
    Why? She brings a very valid point. Comparing drinks to compare cultures is ridiculous.
    Clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loxias View Post
    Why? She brings a very valid point. Comparing drinks to compare cultures is ridiculous.
    This is only true if you take it literally. But if you take it metaphorically, of course you can make the comparison because a metaphor is a comparison of relationships.

    Literal mindedness is very limiting. And it is meant to be. It is meant to keep your thoughts on a sequential and linear path.

    The literal is perfect for obedient children, while spontaneity is for grown ups.

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    Alright, let's just say everything without any proof or any relevence, after all that's how adults behave...
    This is really going to get us far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loxias View Post
    Alright, let's just say everything without any proof or any relevence, after all that's how adults behave...
    This is really going to get us far.
    If you think in a linear and sequential way, of course you will be going somewhere. For linear and sequential thinking is teleological. It has a telos, an end, a purpose or a goal.

    But when everything happens all at once, rather than one after the other, we need to think in gestalt.

    The printing press, invented in 1440, introduced us to linear, sequential thinking. And the electric telegraph, invented in 1840, introduced us to gestalt thinking.

    And when you are introduced to someone new it is only polite to say, "Pleased to meet you".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    And the electric telegraph, invented in 1840, introduced us to gestalt thinking.
    How??? That's quite interesting.
    Is it because the clicks and stops would be meaningless entities until put together to make a message? Unlike letters that still have an identity to themselves?

    Anyway, I don't think teleological thinking is outdated, there are many realms where it's needed to keep ourselves alive or in order, that includes politics.
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