I don't know if the Ancestral Health Society members frequent paleohacks, but let's give 'em some nice suggestions.
I ask for some non-typical paleo names, because maybe they can help to open up this more then promising movement. There have been some PH questions about making paleo more mainstream, maybe some can help to achieve this.
(of course we all want Dr. K, Dr. Harris, and Art De Vany in 2012, no?)
My suggestions (in random order):
Robert Sapolsky on stress
Scarlett Johanson on minimalist shoes and barefooting (seen this?)
Randolf Nesse on evolutionary medicine principles (unfortunately George Williams died in 2010, he would have been superb) (see very informative home page)
The great Richard Dawkins, he can talk about whatever he likes, maybe about his upcoming book 'The Magic of Reality. How we know what's really true'.
And prof Dawkins can bring his friends Dan Dennett and Steven Pinker with him.
Talking of great popular science writers, let's not forget Jared Diamond. He can talk about the worst mistake in human history.
Stephan Boyden, who was talking about the impact of civilisation on human biology in 1969 already.
I also wouldn't mind Daniel Quinn, the novel writer famous for the Ishmael stories.
Definitely some anthropologists:
Melvin Konner (from the original paper and book with his late wife Marjorie Shostak and with Boyd Eaton)
Marlowe on the Hadza, the Marshall-Thomas family, ...
Let's see, who could I add?
Ah, Regine Schön, who I don't know except from this very, very good paper on natural parenting
While talking about children and education, let's not forget Peter Gray, who talks a lot about hunter gatherers, play and curiosity as a basis for learning.
Well, I guess I will leave some for you all to add.
Thanks, and maybe Aaron and Brent will be inspired by the list we put together?
 I did not know about this very similar question, some good ones there too.
I want to see a Kitavan speak at AHS 2012.
There's all these clever people talking about clever things, and then we go back and discuss these things ad nauseum. How about someone who eats a natural diet and doesn't give a shit about omega 6/3 balance? (for example, the honey badger)
I enthusiastically second Jared Diamond (author of "Guns, Germs, & Steel") as a MUST. He is a pretty low-key professory type (probably because he IS a professor), so he might not be the best speaker per se, but his theories regarding the environmental and its impact on human society/development have everything to do with Paleo.
Tim Ferris (4-hour work week, 4-hour body) would be another big one for me. I consider his first book essential reading for entrepreneurs as it outlines a very "hunter gatherer" esque strategy for creating wealth. Work really hard and really efficiently for a few hours a week, chill the "f" out the rest of the time.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb ("Fooled by Randomness" & "The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable") for his exploration of universal power laws and their impact on our human experience.
Chris Anderson ("The Long Tail") for his perspective on the evolution of business models (Public Libraries->Google, Local video stores->Blockbuster video->Netflix, etc.)
Malcolm Gladwell ("Blink", "Tipping Point", "Outliers") because he has a way of talking about everyday assumptions, such as "genius" or "talent" and turning them on their head.
Jamie Oliver (on the politics of industrially processed foods in schools), Anthony Bourdain, or perhaps Daphne Miller (on traditional diets in remote, barely civilized cultures), Richard Wrangham (on the role of cooking in human evolution), Greg Cochran (on the role of agriculture in human evolution), Mary Enig (on lipid biochemistry), David Kessler (on scientifically engineered food reward), and Megan Fox (on whatever she wants).
I'd love to see anthropologists John D. Speth, Ralph Holloway, Dan Lieberman, and Richard Wrangham there. Definitely Steven Pinker too...Wrangham, LIberman, and him have no excuse not to be there since they live in the area. I'd gladly give up any spot I'm offered for them.
Here is my daily AHS12 manifesting session. (Please understand that in order for this to work I have to write this as if it is ABSOLUTELY GOING TO HAPPEN! That's how The Secret works, okay? Are you with me?)
It is NO secret that Dr. Ron Rosedale will be speaking at AHS12. I am not only very excited to hear him speak about longevity but also about his thoughts on how understanding cosmology will help us better understand the proper functioning of the human body. I really hope he talks about how the body is not an organism but a colony of trillions of cells, a beehive!
Next I'll be taking in the Robert Sapolsky talk. He's going to talk all about stress, what makes us human, junk DNA and mating. He is going to be soooooo smart and funny - I can't wait! (I want to put those sticky googly eyes on his beard and call him a stuffed animal!)
At first I thought that the choice to have Aaron Ralston speak was strange. But it makes sense really. So many people of the Paleo persuasion are trying to connect more with nature - this is great! But people need to be well prepared or they may meet with undesirable fates like Aaron - having a huge boulder crash down on your arm! Aaron will also talk about the primal desire to live and how that drove him to sever his own arm to save his life.
The final speaker on the agenda scares me a bit. I forget his/her name, but she's a Monsanto representative. I think his talk will be all about how GMO is GREAT for people and farms. I like to hear all sides of an argument, but I think this talk may actually erupt into something ugly. Maybe not though since she will not be speaking in person but rather from his private Leer Jet via skype which will be projected onto a big conference screen set up in Harvard Yard.
Excited yet? I am!
EDIT: Actually Rosedale says we are not a single organism. We are a collective of cells that, when in hormonal harmony, are working toward the greater good.
Also I think Kurt Vonnegut is going to be great, despite the fact that he is no longer in his right body. As he said "Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia. " That's also why a crazy ass group of us are renting a low reward houseboat with fully equipped kitchen. No restaurants for us. We are all about the family dinner.
Who would you pay to hear at AHS 2012?
There were quite a few "outside" options here.
Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run. While his book has been read by many in the Paleo circles, it'd just be really interesting to hear about his time with the Tarahumara and minimalist running in general.
I think it might be useful to hear from some of us 'in the trenches' - dietitians, coaches, and physicians that are actually working with the general population and athletes. It might be helpful for the science based experts to hear about the questions and cases we deal with everyday...
And we could bring in case studies or clients to talk too -for example I work with an Olympic hopeful athlete - hearing the struggles she or my IronMan athletes go through might be neat. Or some of the more complicated situations - whether it be health issues or hectic life situations - real people and the real world.
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