Notes from Hiebert's "Anthropological Insights"

People perceive the world differently because they make different assumptions about reality. (45)

The basic assumptions about reality which lie behind the beliefs and behavior of a culture are sometimes called a world view. (45)

These assumptions give order and meaning to life and reality. (46)

[These] assumptions provide people with a way of looking at the world that makes sense out of it, that gives them a feeling of being at home, and that reassures them that they are right. (47)

The assumptions underlying a culture provide people with a more or less coherent way of looking at the world. (48)