Cultural universal

A cultural universal (also called an anthropological universal or human universal), as discussed by Emile Durkheim, George Murdock, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Donald Brown and others, is an element, pattern, trait, or institution that is common to all human cultures worldwide. Taken together, the whole body of cultural universals is known as the human condition. Evolutionary psychologists hold that behaviors or traits that occur universally in all cultures are good candidates for evolutionary adaptations. Some anthropological and sociological theorists that take a cultural relativist perspective may deny the existence of cultural universals: the extent to which these universals are "cultural" in the narrow sense, or in fact biologically inherited behavior is an issue of "nature versus nurture".

In his book Human Universals (1991), Donald Brown defines human universals as comprising "those features of culture, society, language, behavior, and psyche for which there are no known exception", providing a list of 67 items.

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Chinese language proficiency competition held in Romania 27 May 2024
Eighteen contestants from Romanian universities competed under the theme "One World, One Family," showcasing their love and understanding of the Chinese language and culture through speeches, Q&A and talent shows ... traditional Chinese cultural elements in her spirited presentation....

Language contest held in Ghana to select young Chinese-speaking talents

People Daily 27 May 2024
Addressing the event, Clement Appah, Ghanaian director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana, said the contest is the cultural and linguistic bridge between China and other countries. "The competition symbolizes the connection and exchange of knowledge, culture and friendship."....

'Decoding Zhonghua' International Conference on Northeast Asian Studies held in Dalian

ECNS 27 May 2024
Professor Lv Chao from Liaoning University maintained that facing global changes, all countries should adopt a pragmatic approach to cooperation based on mutual benefit, eliminate external interference, and strengthen cooperation in various fields such as cultural and economic exchanges....

Cultural and linguistic networks of central African hunter–gatherers have ancient origin, study finds

Phys Dot Org 27 May 2024
This continent-wide exchange preserved a cultural diversity that evolved thousands of years ago, as researchers from the University of Zurich have shown based on musical instruments, specialized vocabulary and genetic information....

Chinese language skills contest for high school students held in Hanoi

People Daily 27 May 2024
The event was held by Hanoi University and ... Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong, vice president of Hanoi University, said that Vietnam and China are friendly neighboring countries, share similar cultures and have profound friendships, which should be inherited by younger generations....

Tsinghua exhibition explores intersection of art, design, science, and technology

China Daily 27 May 2024
At a current exhibition featuring the works of postgraduates from Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design, the question of how art and design can enrich cultural heritage and scientific knowledge takes center stage....

Qatar University, Universitas Gadjah Mada, form partnership

The Peninsula 27 May 2024
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) formed a significant collaboration with Qatar University through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) ... Both UGM and Qatar University are dedicated to expand their academic excellence and cultural understanding through the international partnerships....

Ethiopian student captivated by allure of Chinese intangible cultural heritage

People Daily 27 May 2024
In 2014, Wondafrash came to China with her parents and was fascinated by Chinese culture....

Nadiem cancels university tuition hike

The Jakarta Post 27 May 2024
ducation, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim announced on Monday that incoming state university students this year would not be subjected to a tuition increase, in a policy U-turn following a meeting with ......

Japanese fan wins Cheonan K-Culture Expo's K-pop audition

Korea Times 27 May 2024
Courtesy of Cheonan Foundation for Arts and Culture ... Tsutsumi Rai, 21, an exchange student from Japan who studies at Pai Chai University in Daejeon, was crowned the winner of the K-Pop World Audition — the highlight of the Cheonan K-Culture Expo that wrapped up on Sunday in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province....

Workshop on NAAC: UP Guv exhorts colleges to prepare for high grades

Hindustan Times 27 May 2024
She said that university lectures should be interesting and students should maintain their intimacy with the university. The chancellor said that it is essential for universities and institutions to organise various educational and cultural programmes once a month for teachers and students to participate....

'Help us please': Inquest played pleas for help from Dunedin party-goers

RNZ 27 May 2024
University of Otago student Sophia Crestani, 19, died during a stairwell pile-up at a flat party, known as The Manor, in October 2019 ... Crestani's father, Bede Crestani, said they thought their daughter would be safe at the university despite their concerns about the partying and student culture....

Study: new genetic test uncovers hidden risks in presumed healthy fetuses

Virtual Jerusalem 27 May 2024
Every pregnancy carries concerns about fetal health; exome sequencing could greatly increase diagnosis of genetic conditions; however, test expensive and not covered by universal healthcare | Read More in ynet – Culture .......

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