This is a great way to interact outside class, thanks Bea!
I read a review of this new book last weekend. For 'weird' don't just read 'peculiar' but also WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic. I think it is relevent to the Sapir Whorf discussion we had today and recent discussions about African and Chinese systems of thought and the excellent presentation on Islam by Rania last week.
Some of what is in the book is familiar such as the Protestant work ethic, others were new to me for example how we tend to feel guilt when we do wrong instead of the shame people who live in strong social groups tend to experience. This book explains this is due to Westerners placing less value on social connectedness.
At this critical time when the whole of humanity must cooperate to manage climate change, I think this book is another reminder of how different we are and why global collaboration is so difficult.