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Can we have beliefs or knowledge which are independent of our culture?

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´╗┐From this question, there are a few key terms which are important. First culture, it can be traditions and customs, it could also be things which makes us better. Then we have knowledge, which can be defined as experience or perception. The assumption being made in the question is that knowledge and culture are linked together. However, there are ways which knowledge are not related to culture at all. There are many areas of knowing which requires culture as one of the basis. For example, social studies. History in specific, is a topic area which is based completely on culture because it basically studies the culture of a specific group, it even requires us to reflect or have our own opinion, and these opinions usually derives from our cultural experiences, hence showing how culture plays an important role in affecting out thoughts and knowledge. ...read more.

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For example, I did a chemistry experiment on acids and bases, and I compared my results to a friend who did the same thing in the UK, and the findings and results are quite similar, they don?t change due to the cultural background between us. Art can be argued both ways. Sometimes art reflects culture, for example in renaissance paintings, they reflect the culture and lifestyle of that period of time, however, it could be separated from culture if we are talking about abstraction paintings, they can be totally irrelevant of culture. If we look into literature, which is a branch of art specifically, both the author and reader has to have culture involved in it, literature in many ways reflects the culture, but more importantly, the interpretation and understanding of the work usually bases on the personal cultural experience and in hinders our way of looking at the literature. ...read more.

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However, Mathematics is a topic which doesn?t really require culture as a basis, it does not require language from culture because it is more about logic and the abstract concepts, and it is actually the same all around the world, it is universal. Although mathematics is a very extreme case where culture doesn?t really get involved, however we must consider the idea of ethnomathematics, said to be ?The mathematics of cultural practice? . To conclude the points I mentioned, I think it is totally possible to have knowledges and beliefs which are independent of our culture, however, they are somehow linked back into culture after all, therefore I think culture is quite an important and essential element in terms of knowledge. ...read more.

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