Culture

One day, I was discussing with a friend at university about the difficulty to define some physics basic notions (my friend was actually a Physics Professor). Then, he gives me an instance of word (”Culture”) which is well known by almost everybody, yet difficult to associate with an exhaustive definition. One definition he found interesting was: ” Culture is what remains when we forget the rest”. Ah!, that was interesting for me as well, because, ironically, this is also exactly my favorite definition of another word. That of “Education”, another subject I am interested to as well.
It happened to me one day, by the way, when reading one of John Taylors Gatto’s books about schooling and education, to find a reference to an interesting book that speaks about both culture and education. The following are excerpts from that book, ” The aims of education”, by Alfred North Whitehead, and from his others essays. I wanted to collect these words to serve as objects of reflexion on the subject.

“Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. A merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God’s earth. What we should aim at producing is men who possess both culture and expert knowledge in some special direction

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