Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on by Catherine Lutz, Anne Lutz Fernandez

By Catherine Lutz, Anne Lutz Fernandez

For many of the 20 th century, America's love affair with the automobile went unchallenged. fuel costs have been stored low, ever extra roads and highways outfitted and maintained, and this year's version regularly appeared a bit higher than final year's. Then, in rather brief order, fuel jumped to $4 a gallon, the housing bubble imploded and the present monetary trouble used to be upon us. all at once, motor vehicle proprietors had cause to question what's on commonplace, their greatest loved ones fee. Carjacked will get into the beef of America's obsession with automobiles and explodes delusion after fantasy alongside the best way. whereas the automobile's contribution to international warming and the consequences of risky fuel costs are is celebrated, the issues americans face each day due to their autos are even more common and but less recognized - from the wonderful $14,000 consistent with yr that the common automobile charges to possess to the uptick of incidences of weight problems and bronchial asthma that automobile possession possible motives to the greater than 6 million vehicle injuries a yr at a value of $230 billion. Carjacked sheds new gentle at the advanced impression of the car on American society and exhibits us tips to increase a brand new and more fit relationship with vehicles, a dating that's either more cost-effective and greener.

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So folks in Peoria, where it’s cold, wear warmer clothing and have a word for snow, while people in Pongo-Pongo wear next to nothing and have never heard of a frightfully cold substance that lies about on the ground. Sociobiologists claim that so-called “cultural” variation is the result of an interaction between genes and environment. The way in which a genetic trait manifests itself is not heritable; instead it is the product of a specific interaction. Uproot a Chinese man and fly him to Los Angeles.

But such a bias must be in place, and be used by many people, for this period of very rapid adoption to take place. The fact that novelties are a ubiquitous component of any culture— just think of the constant turnover of fads and technology-inspired behaviors and ideas—suggests that cultural transmission is an important influence on how people in a group come to share their beliefs and values. The implication of these models is that the social transmission of information is important indeed and should not be cast aside as a trivial footnote to evolution.

Typically this bias could favor traits exhibited by prestigious individuals or by the majority of those observed from the individual’s social group (a process called “conformist transmission”). But such a bias must be in place, and be used by many people, for this period of very rapid adoption to take place. The fact that novelties are a ubiquitous component of any culture— just think of the constant turnover of fads and technology-inspired behaviors and ideas—suggests that cultural transmission is an important influence on how people in a group come to share their beliefs and values.

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