Without the internet, and with only his extended family around to converse with, how did Grok self-obsess?
I'm thinking his extended family would have little patience for his idle hypothesizing and ruminating over esoteric minutia - elders would probably roll their eyes and make jokes at his expense, while children threw their half-gnawed bones at him. So how did he find other people to help him determine the latest detail to obsess over as he rams into the diminishing marginal returns of the last 2% of his chosen compulsion?
Sheesh, why would we bother about precisely how much 'Grok' self-obsessed?
The real issue is what would happen if we ran a controlled, randomised, double-blind trial testing varying degrees of self-obsession! Blinding it would be hard though, does any-one have any epidemiological data on this?
I like Art De Vany's idea that a modern day mathematician hunting for an equation in a mathematical solution is just using brain circuits evolved for hunting prey. Our most obsessive traits, and curiosity would have all been in full effect out on the savannah when obtaining food for or protecting our family.
I would guess that he spent a lot of time obsessing over how his actions affect things completely out of his control. "Hey, maybe this hunt isn't going well because I didn't properly respect my game last time. Maybe if I draw some stuff on this cave wall." We're pretty much the same -- we just think we're enlightened.
The funny thing is that a lot of us are initially attracted to Paleo because of the simplicity of the "naked with a sharp stick" diet plan. Eventually that devolves into pill cases full of vitamin supplements and worries about things like nightshades. I'm as guilty as anyone.
Can we all make an effort to leave the whole Grok bullshit off of this website and on Sisson's forum where it belongs? I am not knocking Mark at all, I just find the whole Grok thing very grating - it is romantic primitivism of the worst kind and frankly pretty stupid. And before the internet people obsessed about the same crap they obsess about now: mates, livelihood and status.
In all seriousness, did he perhaps self-obsess why he wasn't as big/muscled as the other member of the clan? Or why he was more hairy then the other fellow, or why that pretty hairy lady slept by his friend's fire and not his...
Not over food...but I'm quite sure he self-obsessed
b) does a very clever job of pointing out the fact that probably the one thing most really healthy food cultures have in common IS NOT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT EVERY SECOND/i.e. actually living their life and enjoying their food.
I love walking into restaurants with the girl I'm currently dating. She grew up on a farm in a third world country before coming to the US at ten. She has a great body and eats like a horse (not paleo exactly, but avoids most processed stuff, likes the natural stuff she grew up on...i.e. used to drink milk straight out of the udder, etc.) and really enjoys her food. All the waifish white girls eating rice-cakes look like they want to murder her. Love it.