So I recently got a job at a very prestigious university, and have the opportunity to audit a course next semester, and possibly take courses for credit the following fall.
Who has a recommendation on what to study to learn more about the paleo philosophy? I realize there will not be a "paleo diet" course, but for example I was thinking about something like biology, or anatomy, or bio-statistics. Though I'm not the strictest paleo-person, I am constantly fascinated by the theory and find myself spending hours reading up on different viewpoints, but I don't really have the scientific basis to fully understand them. I do have a degree in physics, but no experience in the life sciences, and very little in statistics.
Biochemistry, although molecular biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry were prereq's at my university. Also, I learned the most about my body (and why low carb/paleo was the best way to function) through a cell biology course. It helped put everything together that I had learned through the years. I also suggest getting involved in research, whether it be bench work or clinical research, in an area that interests you.
I'd say explore chemistry. Don't know what your background is, but you might need to progress through general chemistry to organic chemistry and finally to biochemistry. Biochemistry is where the interesting stuff in relation to paleo is, but you might need to take some time to get to that level. With this sort of background, you could given go into classes on nutrition/food science, despite preaching dogma, you'd be in a good position to look at the data with a critical eye.
Bio/biochemistry and focus on human applications. Anthropology would be pretty awesome too. Also take lots of social science or science courses so you can write/read studies and truly understand them. Statistics training would probably be helpful.
Anthropology or Archeology. Biology and chemistry are nice but you can reap the paleo benefits without understanding the chemical response to food but you'll never understand yourself without understanding where you came from.
Evolutionary biology, chemistry, human physiology, biochemistry, anthropology, biostatistics (might be tough without an intro to stats), human genetics, immunology would be cool...
Take your pick, all relevant to better understanding paleo.
This isn't just a diet, but a lifestyle. Why limit yourself to the study of the human body? We humans need much more than food to be fulfilled. Don't rule out a painting or intro to percussion course.
After all, the cool kids are learning about paleo on the mean streets of the inter webs anyway.
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