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Human Design:

CULTURE


Human Design:

CULTURE

Designed & Authored by:

Gaby Flores


Table of Contents Preface

pg. 1

Traditional Food

pg. 11

Cultural Music

pg. 27


pg. 39

pg. 55

Native Language

Religous Practices


Preface This book is a single part of the “Human Design” series. Its purpose is to inspire the reader to think about the aspects of what makes a person unique.The humbling truth is that human DNA blueprints are nearly 99 percent identical to those of monkeys. That is, of the three billion letters that make up the human genome, only 15 million of them– less than 1 percent–have changed in the last six million years or so. This series of books is designed to explore and question that 1 percent. You don’t have to be a biologist or an anthropologist to see how closely the great apes--gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans--resemble us. Even a child can see that their

What makes bodies are pretty much the same as ours, apart from some exaggerated proportions and extra body hair. Apes have dexterous hands much like ours but unlike those of any other creature. And, most striking of all, their faces are uncannily expressive, showing a range of emotions that are eerily familiar. Yet tiny differences, sprinkled throughout the genome, have made all the difference. Nobody yet knows precisely where they are or how they work, but somewhere in the nuclei of our cells are handfuls of amino acids, arranged in a

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specific order, that endow us with the brainpower to out-think and out-do our closest relatives on the tree of life. They give us the ability to speak and write and read, to compose symphonies, paint masterpieces and delve into the molecular biology that makes us what we are. For most of us, though, it’s the grand question about what it is that makes us human that is so compelling. As scientists keep reminding us, evolution is a random process in which haphazard genetic changes interact with random environmental conditions to produce more highly developed organisms. After 3.5 billion years of randomness, a creature emerged that could ponder its own origins and revel in a Mozart adagio.

us human ? People are not only different from apes but also one another. This book’s purpose is to explore the impact culture has on forming an individual’s personal view of the world. Culture is a complex and abstract idea which is difficult to define.

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This book is going to attempt to define that which is undefinable. Culture, as defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations. This book will cover 5 seperate aspects of culture and how they contribute to the human design. The 5 parts of culture which this book will focus on include food, music and dance, language, tradition and religion. These are major building blocks in constructing the understanding of a specific culture. Culture has an impact on who we become in life. It is the reason behind how different groups of people behave and interact. Culture impacts our ability to use signs and symbols to communicate and interpret information about the world. Individual intelligence is measured by the ability to effectively

What makes you unique? manipulate particular subsets of this symbolic universe. The sharing of a particular worldview is what enables groups of people to function collectively as a society and develop a culture. They adapt to the natural world and create social reality. In other words, it is culture that is a fundamental enabler and expression of human life. The cultural worldview of any particular society must be learned by its members. Culture is a important piece of our sociological DNA. Without it we would not know how to communicate with one another, interact with the enviroment, or behave in an ever-changing world. Culture is a constant in the complexity of human design.

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One needs to understand culture in order to understand the question: “What makes us human?� This means understanding not only the aspects which construct our understanding of culture but also the impact culture has on individual members of society.

C Language

Music

Tradition

Religion Food

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Traditional

FOOD


What’s your favorite thing to

eat?

Every single person likes to eat something different based on where they are from both physically and socially. Food is not only essential to survival but it is also a cultural expression. Does food affects our culture, bodies, relationships, and interaction with the world around us?

You are

what you eat.

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Food is very much a part of popular culture, and beliefs, practices, and trends in that culture affect what we eat. Our lives have a tendency to revolve around our ability to get food. This is because food is a form of communication between people. Food defines an area and reflects the culture. The quetsion remains: “Does food design a person?�

Grains

Dairy

Protien

Fruits

Veggies

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Not everyone farms

but everyone eats.

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Popular foods tend to vary from culture to culture and remind us of home.

Food, historically, was gathered or hunted in order to nourish a group of people. Today it is grown in a one place, distributed to another place, and eaten in yet another place. Local area food markets only provide a small precentage of vegetbales and fruit we attain. Food affects our bodies, our relationships with other people, and our relationship with our enviroment. Food is a constant in our everyday lives. We see it in television commercials, highway billboards, the grocery store, and in our own homes. If you grow up in a distinctive culture, the food you eat is also unique to your individual culture.

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This is evident if one visited the east side of Austin, Texas. The Hispanic culture is flourishing in the area and the cuisine reflects this. The colorful plates filled to the brim with mounds of steaming food. The aromas filling the air with a variety of different spices, and seasoning.

The culture of east Austin is heavily influenced by the Hispanic culture. Food allows a culture to communicate itself to outsiders. East Austin is just one example in an infinite category. Food impacts not only who people are individually but also gives an identity to a collective group. Although food is an essential part of life, we all eat very different types of food.

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Love of

FOOD

We eat to live We eat to grow We eat to indulge ourselves, In the greatness of food We eat to provide comfort We eat to be accepted We eat as it is part, Of our lives Food comes in all different forms, Shapes and sizes It can be a bean as small as a nail Or a christmas turkey the size of a horse Food is a necessity Food is a way of life Food is enjoyed

- Christopher Jones


Is food part of h


human design?


Cultural

MUSIC


What’s your favorite type of

music?

Music is a part of our everyday lives. It’s lasting connection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on the earth has music. However, early music was not handed down from generation to generation or recorded. It is unknown when music first became part of our greater understanding of the world. It has been proven music influences humans in both good and bad ways.

Music is part of who you are. 27


Music is credited with linking all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements. It has been part of religion, political practices, story telling and now, entertainment. There is no denying music has been an impactful part of the development of modern society. Our brains are wired from the beginning to process and understand music. However the words are not essential. Speech sounds don’t give us the chills,

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Where words fail

music speaks.

and they don’t make us cry–but music does. It influences how we percieve the world. It is still unknown why music affects the way it does. Music changes our mood which makes us feel a certain way and makes us see the world through our feelings. To achieve positive effects of music on the brain, music must have certain attributes. New and different music is another factor that keeps the brain active and not bored. Music has an affect on how we see the world. It influences our perspectives, learning ablility, and deeper understanding of human interaction. It is unknown why music has this affect but it does impact the human design.

Have you ever met someone who

doesn’t like music?

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It needs to be fairly complex to involve more of the brain in the activity and keep the person interested.

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Is music part of


human design?


Native

Language


What language do you

speak?

Language not only defines humans as a species, placing us head and shoulders above the most proficient animal communicators. People communicate using a multitude of languages which vary. Most questions of whether and how language shapes thought start with the simple observation that languages differ from one another. Around the world people communicate with one another using

Communicate your meaning. 39


an array of languages—7,000 or so all told—and each language requires very different things from its speakers. Different languages influence our minds in unique ways. This is not because our language allows us to think but rather because of what it habitually makes us think about. It shapes how we think about the world.

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Language makes you notice certain types of information. Studies have shown that changing how people talk changes how they think. Teaching people new color words, affects their ability to discriminate colors. Some languages do not distinguish between shades of colors.

Can you see the difference?

Some can’t.

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Teaching people a new way of talking, gives them a new way of thinking about things. We think in words. The more words you know, the more thoughts you can have.It affects your experiences, perceptions, associations, feelings, memories and orientation of the world.

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We live in a world that is growing smaller and smaller with every passing day. Peoples, nations, cultures and countries have come together with a speed that is simply amazing. It is important to remember that until the great explorers of the 15th century most nations were not aware of the existence of communities beyond their boundaries. Today, just a couple of hundred years later, we have the world at our fingertips.

The world is rapidly shrinking around us and people are learning to communicate regardless of culture.

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Words do not limit communication between people. They are


simply a compliment to a countless number of nonverbal cues. Facial expressions and hand gestures say more than any number of words could ever communicate. This is how pepole who speak different languages are still able to relate to those of a different culture.

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Your Love is

WORDS

In love through your words but actions speak wonders

attraction on the surface yet no comprehension beyond it what is this love you profess is it tangible or a fleeting emotion is it rational or can it not be rationalized is it intention or motive maybe its neither can it be quantified or is it truly a qualitative variable is it limitless or does it come with a set of predetermined parameters is it real or are you just telling me lies?

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– D’Andre Jackson


Is language part


of human design?


Religous

Practices


What religion are you

part of?

has been defined as a system of beliefs based on humanity’s attempt to explain the universe and natural phenomena, often involving one or more deities or other supernatural forces and also requiring or binding adherents to follow prescribed religious obligations. Religion is a part of the human design which affects how each person not only sees the world but also inter-

Religion forms

our morals.

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acts with it. The United States, especially, has always been a religious country. The first settlers came over for a chance at religious freedom. The country was founded with religous ideas which created our basic laws. What makes human beings happy? Happy people are often contributing members of society and generally law-abiding.

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They learn well, make good citizens, and are pleasant. It turns out that the practice of religion has a significant effect on happiness.Those pursuing a personal relationship with God tend to be happier. Religion improves relationships with ourselves and others. It helps define our social laws and basic interaction with each other.

Religion is deeply rooted with history of the human race. They are diverse in nature but have certain aspects in common. Religion often includes prayer or reflection, a god, a need for the meaning of life, and a deeper understanding of human suffering. Although the answers vary from religion to religion, these are the common factors which mold our current definition of religion. The question remains: “How does religion affect our overall design?�

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How many countries have religous

influence? 58


Is religion part of


f human design?


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