People that seem to be super knowledgeable/intelligent/unique with their ideas
Robb wolf (http://robbwolf.com)
Chris Kresser (http://chriskresser.com and http://thehealthyskeptic.org/)
Kurt Harris (http://www.archevore.com)
Richard Nikoley (http://freetheanimal.com)
Melissa Mcewen (http://huntgatherlove.com)
Jack Kruse (http://jackkruse.com/jacks-blog/)
Denise Minger (http://rawfoodsos.com)
John Durant (http://hunter-gatherer.com)
Chris Masterjohn (http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Vegetarianism.html)
Loren Cordain (http://thepaleodiet.com)
Art ayers (http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com)
Paul Jaminet (http://perfecthealthdiet.com)
Emily Deans (http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com)
Peter Dobromylskyj (http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com)
Mark sisson (http://www.marksdailyapple.com)
Ned kock (http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com)
Gary Taubes (http://www.garytaubes.com/blog)
Stephan Guyenet (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com)
Dallas and Melissa (http://www.whole9life.com)
Angelo Coppola (http://www.latestinpaleo.com)
The Eades (http://www.proteinpower.com)
Dr. William Davis (http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog)
Tom Naughton (http://www.fathead-movie.com)
Matt Lalonde (Release the Cracken!)
Other good stuff-Weston A Price, Robert Lustig, Boyd Eaton, Primal Body Primal Mind, Art Devany, Underground Wellness, Jimmy Moore's podcast, fitbomb and naturally engineered
I must be forgetting some people/sources. Who/which is your favorite.
Lets just go with "intelligent" and "sober and unbiased". Then its easy, Chris Masterjohn and Guyenet.
The rest are pretty much funny, intelligent on a layperson level bloggers. Nothing wrong with that but nothing like those two guys.
Not to split hairs and get philosophical but things like this make me nauseous. It's human nature that a lists like are made. We like people until we find a flaw in them or their theories. Then we stone them. Instead of saying who are the smartest people you should probably look at it a bit differently and lower your expectations a bit, a lot of them went on the same journey most of us have. Experience with a little added knowledge led them to draw their conclusions. Literally a little hunting and gathering. All of these people differ in their approach though the common thread might be eating whole natural foods, there are differences in the details that end up making big differences in different people.
Take Don Matesz for instance, a lot of people have left very critical comments on his sight since he has changed his approach. Don runs a blog, writes articles, and gives his opinion... that in itself is good. And a lot of people like his approach and went to him for advice. Then when he changed some people were upset or felt betrayed, but not for the right reasons I don't think. I think some people felt they lost some guidance and are so insecure and debilitated by having to a) find somebody else to leach and adopt their opinions off of or b) figure it out for themselves. Why? Because blaming yourself when things go wrong is much harder than blaming somebody else.
The Paleo Community (places like PaleoHacks) where the work, n=1 experiments, and practical applications are tested... "she" if you will, is the smartest member of the community.
Stephan Guyenet (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/) has earned the most respect from me so far because he is not afraid to change or adjust his point of view when he gets new, contradicting, but solid evidence. This is quite a rare trait. Well, of course his posts are also always well thought-out and he always provides plenty of references to primary sources. Plus, he does not stop there but provides his own ideas and theories for everyone to discuss.
Labeling someone as 'smart' is a human fallacy, that for some people can can make them feel better about the choices they make if their list fits their way of thinking. Being smart is relative, being book smart or educated does not always equate to real world smart. I see a lot of smart people on this site for example. Perhaps what makes one smart is understanding our limitations and that we do not know everything, then trying different things to see the results, modifying and continuing forward, always open minded.
If I traveled to the outback in Australia and talked to an Aboriginal I would consider him just as smart as, say Robb Wolf or Dr Harris.
"smart" is pretty hard to qualify. Some of the people listed here are fantastic writers who aren't great at biochemistry. Others are amazing biochemists who write incomprehensibly. Some have a financial investment in certain ideas and are unwilling to let them go despite the fact that science has disproved them. A few are biochemical reductionists who can seem intelligent, despite the fact that their conclusions are built upon a foundation of sand/in vitro studies/conclusions from worm studies. It can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Nora Gedgaudas (http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/)
Ned Kock (http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/)
Don Matesz (http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/)
Dr. Art Ayers (http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/)
Mark Sisson (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/)
Paul Jaminet (http://perfecthealthdiet.com/)
Stephan Guyenet (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/)
Dr. William Davis (http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/)
Peter Dobromylskyj, Chris Masterjohn, Emily Deans, Stephan Guyenet, Matt Lalonde and Robb Wolf are probably the 'smartest', but it depends on one's bias! As a real food geek, these are my favourites!
There are a lot of smart people on that list, but I think that focusing on pure horsepower is a problem. Just like when you have a car a big engine is useless without a transmission, driveshaft and wheels, a really powerful intelligence is not useful without the ability to apply the ideas and communicate both the application and the rationale clearly.
I think there is an opportunity for this type of question to be asked in a better format with different verbiage. Many of us will likely be somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of placing any of these people on some kind of pedestal. It's not a good idea to do that with anyone really.
Lots of good folk mentioned here, but Don's got to go. I know Edward thinks people reacted poorly to his announcement. I'm sure many did. But for me personally, Don's out, and it's not because I don't know where to place blame. I just think his inappropriately labeled "Farewell to Paleo" was quite trashy.
How about this question...
Who are your favorite sources for information on health and wellness?
To that, I would say, in no particular order:
Dr. Kurt Harris
Honorary (or Secondary) Mentions:
Dr. Art Ayers
Dr. William Davis
If I had to pick just 2 sources only, with no exceptions:
Stephan Guyenet and Chris Masterjohn
And if I had some kind of complex situation that needed to be analyzed and could only go to one individual to break it down, I would have to bring it to CMast.