SAPIENS

Anthropology / Everything Human

Stories

Expressions

Confronting the Specter of Cultural Appropriation

From Halloween costumes to haute couture, ethnic foods to movies, the danger of appropriating another culture seems to be everywhere. How do we weigh the difference between celebrating and stealing someone else’s culture?

lactose intolerance

Lab Bench

Why Can’t Most Humans Drink Milk?

Cultural Relativity

Why Don’t Westerners Eat Off One Plate?

Time spent with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania offers a sharp contrast to “normal” social behaviors in the West.

Madagascar Vanilla beans are dried in the sun as part of the curing process.

Marketplace

Bracing for the Vanilla Boom