INTRODUCTION: THE BLANK CULTURE THEORY

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THE BLANK CULTURE THEORY

The Blank Culture theory was written to educate society on the fundamentals of Cultural Science. The theory states that all cultures are constructed with principal elements. Principal elements are a symbolic representation of an individual characteristic of a culture. Principal elements are grouped into 8 categories known as the Elemental Type. The 8 elemental types are Knowledge, Ethical, Communication, Ability, Craft, Faith, Desire and Aspiration. There are 15 individual characteristics per elemental type. Principal Elements have a different depiction per elemental type and a different color per characteristic. There are 120 known elements that are recorded in The Periodic Table of Culture.

The Periodic Table of Culture is a graphical representation of all 120 known Principal Elements. In the table, elements are grouped in separate columns by their elemental type. Elements are displayed in their corresponding characteristic color listed from top to bottom in the order in which they were discovered, labeled with their name and element key.

The Blank Culture Theory defines culture as “a set of personal characteristics that an individual or group embraces to determine a way of being”. The characteristics of a culture would be determined by the principal elements that comprise that culture. A logical structure that could contain principal elements in an organized fashion needed to be developed, so out of this necessity culture models were created.

A culture model is a conceptual structure that acts as a blueprint for a culture. A culture model is made up of empty culture cells that mark the potential placement of an element within it. A fully constructed culture model produces a culture. The elemental composition of a culture can be expressed in cultural notation to better understand the culture’s unique characteristics.

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