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The influence of culture and environment can have an effect on your visual perception.This theory was first explored by Robert Laws ,a Scottish missionary working in Malawi,Africa,during the late 1800s.
Take a look at the picture in the link,what you see will largely depend on where you live in the world
The anthropologist Colin Turnbull described what happened in the former Congo in the 1950s when a BaMbuti pygmy, used in living in the dense Ituri forest (which had only small clearings), went with him to the plains:
And then he saw the buffalo, still grazing lazily several miles away, far down below. He turned to me and said, 'What insects are those?'
At first I hardly understood, then I realized that in the forest vision is so limited that there is no great need to make an automatic allowance for distance when judging size. Out here in the plains, Kenge was looking for the first time over apparently unending miles of unfamiliar grasslands, with not a tree worth the name to give him any basis for comparison...
When I told Kenge that the insects were buffalo, he roared with laughter and told me not to tell such stupid lies. (Turnbull 1963, 217)
Originally posted by Scurvy
Your "basic intelligence over origin" statement doesn't sit well with me. You come across as a racist proclaiming that Africans are stupid. I really hope this isn't the way you see things. Tribal culture is vastly different from a corporate, capitalist, democracy and the differences have very little to do with intelligence and everything to do with the needs of a society coupled with the resources available to them.