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drinkI have long considered anthropology a crock. Instead of analyzing human biodiversity objectively in its richness, it's infused with political correctness, tendentious descriptions of mores and customs without any theory other that all humans are identical except for the current distribution of resources. For example, witness the Seville Statement on Violence where anthropologists proclaimed it scientifically proven that war, violence, and agression are not natural to humans. Kumbaya.

But maybe I'm too harsh. The nice thing about a field of study built on good intentions is that it can be very fun if you do it right. For example, Dartmouth professor Hoyt Alverson studied "the drinking culture in college." A recent article in the Dartmouth newspaper notes this deep insight into bing drinking:
Beer pong and similar drinking games are not played solely to achieve inebriation, Alverson finds, but instead serve as a competitive outlet for high-achieving students, and a structured atmosphere for peer interaction.
I hope professor Alverson was smirking when he wrote this gem:
there is an apprehension about aloneness which is ameliorated by the plans and structures of ritual drinking
Prost!