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    Cultural Artficats & shared Cultural Heritage

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    Select the single cultural artifact that you believe best represents the culture in which you live today. Present a detailed description of the artifact, and analyze in detail how the artifact relates to the values, beliefs of the culture. Investigate and evaluate the deep cultural roots of your artifact. What historical roots allowed your artifact to come into being? Which cultural periods might have influenced its eventual development? How do you anticipate this artifact being passed to future generations? What kinds of evolutions might it undergo as culture changes? Craft an essay that addresses these points from the perspective of someone trained in the Humanities.

    Details: How can better understanding of our collective cultural heritage and shared humanity across time and geographic place help us to be better stewards of a global future? What role or roles do you believe understanding cultural differences across time and throughout the world plays outside academia, if any? Support your response with specific examples or details.

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    Hello Student,
    Thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. I have given advice on this question before and I firmly believe that when it comes to modern cultural artefact, one of the better choices has something to do with humanity's need for archived information, knowledge and access to it. This is the reason why I chose to give you the solution below being that the cultural artefact in question is very much relevant to the present to just about everyone. When students ask me what do you think is a good cultural artefact for the present - I point to the likes of Wikipedia, Facebook and Google. I have always used the references I have listed on the topic when it comes to cultural artefacts and the history of Wikipedia - they are useful if you want to do further research. If you have any questions just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies and thank you very much for using Brainmass.

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    Information & Knowledge Building - a Human Need

    Across time, even in the time of the earliest man, our ancestors sought to know and learn about themselves and the world. The created language, gave meaning to their lives by naming themselves and everything around them - water, sky, plants, animals, fire. They also named certain phenomena (i.e. rain, time) and tried to explain them via metaphors of folklore and stories that have come down to us over the ages. Our ancestors used their minds and intellect to observe and then draw conclusions about their world in processes very similar to ours. This is not to say that the knowledge they built as a collective is right or wrong, this is just to say that they built and stored knowledge either as oral histories or as documented information in scrolls, in tablets, in stone or paper over time. Knowledge is power. Just as the early Bushmen of Australia painted the world they viewed on walls of caves during the Palaeolithic, the Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Sumerians, Phoenicians, Vikings and Amerindians many thousand years later created their own alphabets to represent their complex languages to preserve their history, experience and stored knowledge as a people. Great civilizations had libraries and only those who were of a particular position in society were allowed to learn the knowledge from the libraries and from the teachers who were selected to learn them earlier on and teach the chosen knowledge put together by their ancestors over time. They are about everything and anything but they were ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides insight and advise in putting together a paper on cultural artifacts. This solution suggests and provides information including history and relevance about a suggested cultural artifact. It also discusses the effects of a collective heritage across humanity into a global and shared future. References are listed for expansion of the topic, a word version is attached for download and printing.