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All Work and No Play Make the Baining the “Dullest Culture on Earth”

The Baining, of Papua New Guinea, believe, quite correctly, that play is the natural activity of children, and precisely for that reason they do what they can to discourage or prevent it.

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Cheating in Science, Part I: The Tragic Story of a Young Man’s Suicide

I begin with a true and tragic story. Many years ago I was a graduate student conducting research in one of the top biopsychology laboratories in the country. The lab chief was one of a handful of the world’s most prominent research psychologists at that time, and many in the lab believed he was headed for a Nobel Prize. ...

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