I was listening to a video on how to write, and the person giving the lecture said something along the lines of "I'm bored with stories where the setting is supposed to be in the far-flung future, and yet the people in that setting's culture act just they do in our culture today". Now, while I get that there's nothing inherently wrong with worldbuilding cultures that are very close to those of modern-day America, Britain, and other western countries, I would like to try worldbuilding some cultures that are different from what I've lived in, and for that, I'd like a litmus test.
As an example of what I'd like this culture building litmus test to be like, I have an example of a conlang ("constructed language") litmus test from zompist.com:
Conlanging isn’t a weirdathon. You could copy a natlang in every respect and, after all, it would be naturalistic. And contrariwise, putting in every feature you’ve ever heard of— a kitchen sink conlang— is a classic noob move. But yeah, it’s generally less interesting to just redo English or do a neo-Romance language. How close is your languge to the following?
Standard Fantasy Phonology (i.e. English plus kh)
Pronouns: one for each person and number, plus object forms, and separate words for ‘he’ and ‘she’
Nouns have singular and plural only, and maybe case
Adjectives are a separate class, and either don’t decline, or decline like nouns
Verbs conjugate by person and number
Verbs have three tenses: past, present, future, plus maybe a conditional
Modality is expressed with a conjugated auxiliary
Definite and indefinite articles
Questions and negatives formed by adding a particle
Decimal number system
If it’s pretty close— again, it’s no sin, but you’re not taking advantage of the breadth and strangeness of natural languages. Review the options given in the Language Construction Kit; even more are in the print books.
So, I'm looking for a checklist like that, but for building cultures rather than languages.
Thanks in advance for any and all help. :)
If there are any ways I need to add further clarity to my query, please let me know.
Zompist.com has some culture tests here: https://www.zompist.com/amercult.html
However, I'd like tests that apply more to people's core beliefs and how they behave, whereas, while the American one focused on such things, it also devoted a fair amount of space to what kinds of physical accommodations people from American culture have.
Also, I'd like to clarify, I'm indenting to use what litmus tests I can find to worldbuild several different sorts of cultures, not just future ones.