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This is how we cognize

Human cognition is a regular phrase in our household because Mike is a cultural anthropologist who studies human cognition for work (and fun, what?). Living in China we had umpteen discussions about cultural differences and how humans makes sense of the world and how Eastern vs. Western ways of cognition were different. We also happened to fall in love with Chinese culture, and strove to understand the new ways of thinking in which we were steeped, and that continues today even though we are far away.

But distinct from being some kind of mental game that makes us pat ourselves on the back for how culturally sensitive, open, and adapted we are (we are not, we were frustrated and clueless more times than we were at ease and accepting), I have found that cultural literacy is not only:

A. a real thing, not some new-fangled modern idea to irritate those who don't believe in its importance
B. Important and relevant to so many little things we might overlook without that literacy

I think the…