New Models: Introduction

New Models of Culture: Introduction
Culture was traditionally defined by a tribe, group, or country in a way that both gave members of the group an identity and excluded others. For instance, in Ancient Greece, the assumption was that non-Greeks were barbarians. Accordingly the Greeks coined the term: Xenophobia: fear of strangers. In a global village we are all foreigners outside the tiny place where we were born. We need new models of culture that recognize certain values that we have in common while fostering further diversity of expression. Our appproach is to begin by looking at the world in terms of at least 5 worlds: metaphysical, mental, natural, man-made and social. Whereas science is focussed on understanding the laws of 1 world (natural world), culture is concerned with exploring, expressing and understanding connections between/among the 5 worlds. The history of culture is the story of how the focus of these connections has both developed and shifted. In the very big picture we suggest 3 underlying trends: 1) understanding and making sense especially of the Metaphysical world. We call this Connecting: Metaphysical (with the Natural World). This was a focus of early cultures (primitive cultures before that word became non U). 2) using that understanding to order the Mental, Natural, Man Made and Social Worlds. 3) exploring, expressing and communicationg firther connections. We call this sharing. The details of these three trends subdivide into further gaols and activities. They are explored in a series of 26 Lectures under the headings:
Connecting 1. Metaphysical
Connecting 2. Physical
Connecting 3. Sharing
Further details are explored in a New Models Database