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by 1327 · about 9 hours ago

I guess most people would endow themselves with this quality, so perhaps it's a pointless question, but do you think the paleo eating movement is a natural end point for those of us who question everything and think for ourselves? Also, I wonder... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · January 07, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I think that social-proof was in full effect during the paleolithic and pleistocene (we do say "monkey see monkey do" after all) and that it is human nature to "follow the crowd". Conformity is something that was clearly adaptive for a very long... (more)

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by 486 · about 10 hours ago

Paleohacks tends to attract well-informed people, so I expect to see some mind-blowing responses. I'm torn between global climate change and the current state of health in the western world. Et tu?

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by 1793 · October 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

I take it we all agree that there are things that governments and society are doing that make it more difficult to live and eat well. Now, I'm sure we all come from a variety of ideological persuasions, but there are lots of areas where we could... (more)

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amanda_1 0 · November 09, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I do think continuing to oppose things like the food pyramid guidelines and food subsidies is important, however resistance is just going to continue to be symbolic at this point. Rather than focusing exclusively on anything at a national or... (more)

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by 80 · October 24, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Hey everyone, I just wondered how you deal with the social pressure to eat crap in situations where offending people is not a good idea (i.e., work). Yesterday we celebrated "Bosses Day" with mandatory cake...tomorrow we continue the celebration... (more)

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Bkluffy 0 · October 14, 2010 at 12:47 AM

My answer is usually honest, but sarcastic: "Because I'm a health freak and that stuff will kill you." And then I make some kind of ultra-serious face. They usually laugh and say something about me being crazy and that is that.

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by 10294 · October 23, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Seems very interesting: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Until-Yesterday-Traditional/dp/0670024813/ref=lh_ni_t Cheers, Pieter (more)

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Jake__2 0 · December 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Point counterpoint: http://savageminds.org/2009/05/13/the-new-yorker%E2%80%99s-second-crisis-of-conscience-why-jared-diamond-is-neither-the-fish-of-the-anthropologist-nor-the-fowl-of-a-journalist/ (more)

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by 8933 · October 23, 2014 at 3:36 AM

A student told me that vampires probably were just people suffering from porphyrias. I guess psychopaths, aggressive people, shy people, ... could potentially be classified the same way. And maybe people that cut themselves just have too much iron... (more)

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LaurenM 0 · April 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I believe that witch hunts and warewolf sightings were often associated with wet harvest conditions which would have promoted ergot and thus ergotism. Cutters may have seratonin imbalance (which could be generalised to any depressive disorder, as... (more)

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by 10768 · October 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Time for a social interaction question! If you have ever had your tolerance or manners slip, and you used rude speech or actions to make the point that you don't do certain Neolithic things or eat certain foods... I'd like to read about: 1:... (more)

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P3christopher 0 · October 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I told some one that grains were food for slaves. The invention of domesticated grains was the the beginning of civilizations founded on slavery and forced labor whether it was government instituted servitude or capitalist it was still slavery,... (more)

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by 2604 · October 23, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Pieter d's 'What can we do more besides diet?' question got me thinking. He scoped out social, psychological factors from that question. But I thought it warranted one of its own. I don't believe in complete Paleo re-enactment, but what social... (more)

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Mark_2 0 · August 27, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I would recommend Paul Shepard's Coming Home to the Pleistocene. [Pleistocene is essentially synonymous with paleolithic here.] His life's work was examing what makes us human. From the dust jacket: "Throughout his long and distinguished... (more)

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by 2977 · October 22, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I had this thought, partly inspired by the book "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer" by Joel Salatin who touches on it but doesn't explicitly take it further (at least yet). Then there was a question here on Paleohacks, was something like... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · May 05, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Grain-based diets have historically been ideal for social control. Most systems of governance/economics create really nice trickle-up pyramid schemes where the faceless masses toil (or become cannon-fodder) for the benefit of a select few elites.... (more)

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by 18412 · October 22, 2014 at 3:10 AM

The social stigma to be 'attractive' is certainly nothing new. Likewise, it will never die. Everyone has their own way of dealing with this, and fierce opinions abound across a broad spectrum. With regards to being "Paleo", I think that concept... (more)

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a_hut_full_of_spears 0 · March 11, 2011 at 1:36 AM

You know, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't important to me. The attention is nice. Looking in the mirror and seeing less of a fatass and more a of a lean machine every day feels good. Feeling better about how I look in my clothes feels GREAT. But... (more)

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by 4896 · October 21, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I'm quite dedicated to the paleo movement, to the health benefits, and the science behind. I love evolution, I am interested in a lot of things connected to all of that. But I am also very strong opponent of blaming or judging fat people. I am a... (more)

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ABP 0 · October 06, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Speaking as another shrinking fatty, I think it's perfectly valid to heap scorn on the Surgeon General. We don't hate fat people, we hate the system that made them/us that way. Most of us have been badly harmed by the SAD, and the Surgeon General... (more)

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by 729 · October 20, 2014 at 3:47 AM

we used to live in very small communities of 5-15 members(most likely family members because we were always on the go, looking for food. when we discovered grains, everything changed... cities were built and the social aspect of humans changed a... (more)

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CD 0 · November 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Not sure I accept your suggestion that we lived in small communities. New Guinea tribes were known to live in "family units" of 20 - 30 people which were part of a larger tribe which would have 200 - 300 people. Certainly not in the size we live... (more)

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by 3509 · October 20, 2014 at 3:09 AM

We all know that socializing, group activities were a key factor at any traditional, pre-industrial society: family, tribe or small town offered many opportunities, and the need to coordinate at the group level was basic starting at hunting large... (more)

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Todd 0 · January 24, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Absolutely. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few examples. When working out, having a partner or two greatly enhances my workouts from motivation, encouragement, weight spotting etc. At work, I get more out of a project when... (more)

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by 106 · October 19, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I'm mainly referring to experimenting with the same sex, but curious about other norms. I find it highly likely that many of our ancestors had same-sex relations, especially since it's so common among other primates.

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · March 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Hunter-gatherers practice homosexual behavior (mostly male-male). It's been studied in many instances, particularly in Melanesia. However, they do not have a homosexual identity in their cultures that we know of and few are exclusively... (more)

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by 762 · October 16, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Hi All, Do you feel that the Paleo lifestyle's emphasis on healthy living, if broadly applied, would lead to fewer people leading the 'unbalanced' lifestyle that great achievements often require? I don't think everyone should train like an... (more)

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P3christopher 0 · November 12, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Absolutely just as anti depressants will be the death of art and music. Elite performance begins where rationality ends. One does not get to be the best tennis player or golfer by leading a balanced life. Instead elite performance in a world of... (more)

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