So-called "Dullest Culture on Earth" frowns upon sex and bans play

What does a culture look like when recreation is forbidden? The Baining, an indigenous group in Papua New Guinea, values work as the highest human ideal, and views play as domain of animals. This has led some anthropologists to deem them "unstudiable" because of their failure to do anything interesting. But a… » 7/29/12 11:00am 7/29/12 11:00am

Does the Battle Royale stage play take the kids-killing-kids trope too…

While American audiences are waiting for The Hunger Games to blaze into movie theaters, Filipino audiences are getting a different sort of dystopian theater experience. A theater troupe has adapted Battle Royale for the stage, but there's something uncomfortable about watching teenagers pretend to kill each other… » 2/29/12 2:00pm 2/29/12 2:00pm

Humans have been playing with toys for over 4000 years

When we try to understand past civilizations, we usually focus on political structures and religious rituals - the sorts of things that form the cultural backbone of a fledgling society. But humans know how to mix in a little play with all that work...and in this mysterious, 4000 year old civilization on the Indus… » 2/07/11 12:47pm 2/07/11 12:47pm