Culture Questioned Method
Understand your culture
This requires the right cultural circumstances, observation/ contemplation skills, interest in people, psychology & local historical knowledge.
The CQ disciplines
Cultural circumstances (Required physical situation)
The optimal situation to understand a cultural is as an emigrant, immersing in another culture. Curiosity in the why (?) of a culture is a great stimulus.
Immersed meaning actively participating, work family social life, being confronted with every cultural aspect; interaction, food, habits, rules and laws, etc.
These are essential skills when immersed in a culture. Observing is to give attention what is happening around you. How do people behave in word and gesture in different circumstances? Contemplating why people behave, without labelling it with a judgement, because you do not know, things are not as they appear.
Interest in people and their psychology
You need to have a genuine interest in people and their psychology, what are their needs or fears making them to behave in the way they do.
Local historical knowledge
Historical knowledge is decisive in discovering which events made the local culture what it is today. This discovery is made by asking the right questions, connecting the three different disciplines enabling you to understand a culture.
Ask yourself how historic events have influenced people’s psychology visualised by how people are acting, speaking and behaving.
The CQ Method in Action
CQ method explained:
It consists of three repeating and interacting processes. The Socratic method in practice.
1. If the cultural observation / experience is perceived correctly
2. If the observations/ experiences are related to the right psychology and local history
3. If you need to remake the question
Download the CQ method and create your own storyboard how a culture has developed over time.
Decoding the Maya script
a multidisciplinary approach
Example of Maya tekst/glyphs - telling their history
The Maya script decoding has been a great source of inspiration to search for the CQ disciplines. The disciplines combined led to the understanding of culture.
The Maya script (as best known) is the writing system of the Maya Civilisation that inhabited the Mesoamerica region – modern day Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. The earliest inscription findings date from around the 3rd century BCE.
During the 1960s & the 1970s, Landa's "alphabet" & Knorozov's breakthroughs managed to shed some light on the script and set the foundation for a specific pattern in its analysis. In the discovery procedure of the Maya's Civilisation, the work of archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, epigraphers, linguists cannot be separated. They have all contributed in truly fascinating multidisciplinary result.
From that point, progress proceeded rapidly, not only in the decipherment of the Maya glyphs, but also towards the construction of a new, historically-based understanding of Maya civilization. It is generally agreed by scholars that over 90 percent of the Maya texts can now be read with reasonable accuracy.