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Mind Over Logic: Understanding Culture And Human Behavior

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How can science improve our understanding of cultural behaviors? By using scientific reasoning, we define and identify unique personal and social behaviors illustrating the different branches of sciences and conducting studies that critically analyze demographics. Individual and social behaviors are explained by examining the origins, development, organizations and institutions. Using Minnesota as our model, our results will beget the answers.
The scientific study of the origins, development, organizations, institutions and social behavior is known as Sociology. Social Philosophy is “The study and interpretation of society and social institutions, in terms of ethical values rather than ...view middle of the document...

Climate similarities between the state of Minnesota and Northern Europe offers an explanation to why Europeans decided to settle here: Minnesota provides an environment similar to what is found in Northern Europe. Figure 1 illustrates just how similar the climates are.
Figure 1. http://www.city-data.com/forum/weather/1880959-new-york-city-have-humid-subtropical-4.html*******
Minnesota nice is a cultural term that describes their unique behavior. According to Atkins, Minnesota nice is “The stereotypical behavior of people born and raised in Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered people; also being depicted by Bonnema and Veldolf in their most recent works of “Thrive MN Nice.” Atkins’ definition is extended to include nine specific traits that are attributed to the people of Minnesota. These traits consist of the following: Polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to stand out, emotional restraint, self-deprecation, envy and speaking poorly of others, resistance to change, and passive-aggressive behaviors. Atkins, Bonnema, and Veldolf’s combined definition of Minnesota nice gives us an example of Minnesota’s culture.
Janteloven is a cultural term that is used to describe a set of ethical values held by the Nordic countries. In Aksel Sandemose’s book, “A Fugitive Crosses his Tracks (1933),” he depicts a small Danish town named Jante, hence the name Janteloven. It is widely believed Sandermose used Jante as a mask to write about ethical values of Nyk0bing Mors, his hometown, during the early 20th Century. This is the origin of the sociological term Janteloven, also known as the Laws of Jante

Figure 1. In the picture above you can see the ten rules imprinted upon a surface in Swedish.**** . The ten rules are slightly modified, giving variations to a synonymous theme shown as “You are not to think you’re anyone special or that you’re better than us.”
The English translation of these rules are as...

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