The following question on a quiz today really stuck in my craw:
Because we tend to use our own culture to judge that of others, ___________ present(s) a challenge to ordinary thinking.
[Correct answer is cultural relativism]
The course is full of enough that seems valid and interesting that you'd be foolish to dismiss it all out of hand, but the question above has one glaring contradiction to me. The first chapter went to great lengths to say that everyone has a culture and this frame of reference is so ingrained for the individual that the person will be unaware of their own biases in much the same way that a fish has no awareness of the water in which it swims. If everyone has this cultural relativism, isn't viewing the culture of others through the lens of cultural relativism the very definition of ordinary thinking?