All Human Culture Compared on 2 Axes

Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World

The World Values Surveys were designed to provide a comprehensive measurement of all major areas of human concern, from religion to politics to economic and social life and two dimensions dominate the picture: (1) Traditional/ Secular-rational and (2) Survival/Self-expression values. These two dimensions explain more than 70 percent of the cross-national variance in a factor analysis of ten indicators-and each of these dimensions is strongly correlated with scores of other important orientations.

I can’t imagine how one would test claims like these in any empirical way, but its a striking map, probably more useful for conversations it might inspire than any answers it purports to have. You can find the original here.

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