Farming practices have shaped thinking styles

In China, growing rice versus wheat has sown long-lasting cultural differences

By Bruce Bower, 13:44 PM May 8, 2014

Differing thinking styles between Chinese people and Westerners, as well between northern and southern Chinese people, can trace their roots to rice paddies and wheat fields, a new study suggests.

Rice farming cultivates a holistic focus on discerning relationships among people and objects, valuing others as much or more than oneself and showing favoritism toward friends even if they’ve been untrustworthy, say psychologist Thomas Talhelm of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his...

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