Homo sapiens

Go Play! You Can Read This Later.

was during the Great Malaise of the Jimmy Carter years that Zippy the Pinhead, clown prince of non sequiturs, first wondered, “Are we having fun yet?” The questioner was a simpleton, but time has endowed his question with the ring of profundity.

Or is that an alarm bell? A warning from our inner child to slow down, ease off, throw our hands in the air like we just don’t care?

Listen up, America. We are failing at play.

From the Winter 2018 Play issue of California.

Discovery: Someone was making spears 85,000 years before Homo sapiens walked on earth

It now appears that some primates other than Homo sapiens were truly sapient.

That, at least, is the takeaway from a paper published in the journal PLos One, which determined that spear tips or arrowheads recovered at a mid-Pleistocene era obsidian quarry in Ethiopia  were hewn by representatives of Homo heidelbergensis, a hominid that hunted and gathered in Africa, western Asia and Europe 600,000 years ago.

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