Culture profoundly influences how people think, communicate, and behave. It shapes our current collective experience as a society, and its impact on our reaction and decision-making relative to every-day facts and circumstances should not be underestimated. Nowadays, everyday contact with different cultures and cultural backgrounds is often presumed to be ubiquitous. It is, however, easy to forget that for an entire part of society, the international community is not necessarily ‘self-evident’ and should be remembered as a privileged occurrence.
Today, despite being more common than ever, cultures and ethnical backgrounds with differing views are being treated with increasing hostility. This is a shame. Being exposed to differing opinions and various viewpoints is crucial to the development of a myriad of qualities, ranging from social awareness to empathy.
Dismissing conflicting views in favour of our own seems a lesser means to grappling with differences. Instead of the highly preferential ad-hominem responses, conflicting views can be transformed into opportunities and it should be our responsibility to expose ourselves to ideas that challenge our ways of thinking. We can all benefit from an increasingly diverse knowledge base and new, insightful views. The articles in Honours Review provide a journey along the way to do exactly that, enjoy!
On the way science proceeds
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as an invitation to change perspective
Our responsibility for future generations
Intergenerational equity and the European Union in theory and practice
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