Saturday, December 20, 2014

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 21 December 2014: Q&A on Philosophy and Science, Marriage without Love, Superstitious Rituals, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 21 December 2014.
  • Question 1: The Relationship Between Philosophy and Science: What is the proper relationship between philosophy and science? People commonly assert that science proves that the traditional claims of philosophy are wrong. For example, they'll say that quantum mechanics proves that objective reality and causality are just myths and that psychology experiments disprove free will. In contrast, other people claim that philosophy is so fundamental that if any claims of science contradict philosophical principles, then the science must be discarded as false. Hence, for example, they say that homosexuality cannot possibly be genetic, whatever science says, since philosophy tells us that people are born "tabula rasa," including without any knowledge of "male" versus "female." So what is the proper view of the relationship between philosophy and the sciences? Does either have a veto power over the other? Is science based on philosophy or vice versa?
  • Question 2: Marriage without Love: Should people who merely like and respect each other ever marry? Imagine that a person doesn't think that he'll ever find true and deep love – perhaps for good reason. In that case, is it wrong to marry someone you enjoy, value, like, and respect – even if you don't love that person? What factors might make a decision reasonable, if any? Should the other person know about the lack of depth in your feelings?
  • Question 3: Participating in Superstitious Rituals: Is it wrong to participate in superstitious rituals without taking them seriously? If I make some perfunctory observance or participation in some superstitious ritual, and do not believe the superstitious ritual is of any literal importance, am I still promoting irrationality? If I regularly read the horoscope in the newspaper, but do not believe astrology has any real impact on my life, does reading the horoscope promote irrationality? Likewise, in Hawaii, almost all retail establishments possess what are called "good-luck cats." A good-luck cat is a relatively inexpensive Asian figurine depicting a cat with one paw raised. Having this figurine is supposed to bring good luck to your business. You can commonly see such good-luck cat figurines in doctor's offices in Honolulu, and for your retail establishment not to have such a figurine would easily strike people as strange. If I spent just a little money on such a good-luck cat to decorate my business, and I didn't literally believe the figurine itself affected my fortunes, would the purchase be a concession to irrational thinking? Would such a gesture be "social proof" that would help other people rationalize more obviously pathological forms of irrationality, such as wasting hundreds of dollars on fortune tellers and psychic hotlines?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 21 December 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

14 December 2014: Q&A on Differences with Family, Sales to Minors, Worthy Charities, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

How should a young adult manage persistent differences with his family? Should minors be forbidden from buying dangerous goods? What kinds of charities are worthy of support?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

18 December 2014: Paul Hsieh on "Radiology in Practice"

I interviewed Dr. Paul Hsieh about "Radiology in Practice" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"Most people have seen cool medical imaging devices such as CT and MRI scanners on TV shows. But what do those machines really do? Advanced medical imaging has revolutionized patient care in the past 25 years, allowing doctors to make diagnoses more accurately, quickly, and safely than ever before. Radiologist Dr. Paul Hsieh discussed the basics of modern radiology (x-rays, MRI, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine), how these different tests work, what they show about the human body, and how they help doctors take better care of patients." Dr. Paul Hsieh is a radiologist in practice in South Denver. He received his MD from the University of Michigan, then completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, and an MRI fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Prior to entering private practice, he was an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM). He has written scores of columns, mostly on health care policy, as well as articles for The Objective Standard. He blogs offbeat tech news at GeekPress.

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.

Recent Blog Posts


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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #241

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Eileen Laird presents Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Review, Author Interview and Sample Recipe posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "There is a new cookbook on the AIP block, and I couldn't be more excited! Today, I share a detailed review, an interview the author, and a sample recipe. This is more than a cookbook - it's part memoir, part delicious recipes, and part guidance for anyone starting their AIP journey."

Vanessa Green presents #morethanpaleo posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Being pregnant at the moment, I often think (well three times a day to be precise!) what I'm eating is physically making my baby. At 21 weeks, his urinary tract is up and running and his hearing is about to switch on. So today's poached eggs made the beginnings a new ears? Amazing stuff. But pregnant or no, what we eat is making the new me all the time! So eating first what you need then what you want makes a lot of sense to me. It's one of the things I fully endorse about a Paleo diet. Paleo's prioritization getting what we need first and ways we can enhance our health through food are actually quite simple to start to eat, getting your food and your health through nutrient density."

Melissa presents I made schmaltz, you should too! posted at Focus on Paleo, saying, "How to make this incredibly tasty delight."

Paul Jaminet presents Christmas Gifts posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "Some ideas for gift purchases, charitable donations, and petition signatures in this season of giving."

Sabine presents Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "There is something about combining sweet and savoury, that just really works. For example the combination of apple and bacon!"

Sophie presents AIP / Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "Try this super yummy paleo version of spaghetti alla carbonara, packed with bacon, onion, and black olives. Full of flavors and deliciously satisfying!"

M presents Paleo Tuna Stroganoff, A Paleo Tuna Casserole posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe for Paleo Tuna Stroganoff is just like mom used to make...but Paleo...and unprocessed...but every bit as tasty! Great for lunch the next day, this Paleo Comfort food is sure to warm your family on a cold night!"

Laura P presents How To: Season A Cast Iron Pan posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Cast iron pans can be some of the best around, and one of the most healthful cookware options. Here is a how-to on seasoning your cast iron and maintaining it to keep it naturally non-stick and cooking food perfectly!"

Nell Stephenson presents Healthy Paleoista Holiday Tip of The Day: Order in to Save Time! Introducing Paleoista Approved Fresh Food Delivery posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson invites readers to try the new Paleo food delivery service she's endorsing- Paleoista Approved That's So Paleo."

Diane Sanfilippo presents #170: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "Dr. Terry Wahls talks about her book- The Wahls Protocol and about her journey with MS and real food."

Kevin Geary presents How to Radically Improve Your Physical and Mental Health with Cold Conditioning posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Today, science is backing up those ancient traditions with studies showing that cold conditioning might just be one of the simplest and most effective methods to positively shift your health and your approach to living. And believe it or not, it’s actually enjoyable. In this article, I’m going to show you the physical and mental benefits of exposing your body to temperature variation and some techniques for making it a consistent practice in your life."

Laura P presents The Healthy Holiday Gift Guide posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "The health-conscious can be some of the hardest people to buy for! This healthy holiday gift guide will help you pick out the perfect gift for those foodies and health nuts in your life."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 14 December 2014: Q&A on Differences with Family, Sales to Minors, Worthy Charities, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 14 December 2014.
  • Question 1: Managing Differences with Family: How should a young adult manage persistent differences with his family? As I grew up, I turned out radically different from my family expected. They think college is necessary for success in life. I didn't, and I dropped out. They eat the Standard American Diet and hate fat. I eat Paleo, and I glorify fat. And so on. Basically, we diverge on many points. I've never committed the mistake of attempting to preach to my family in order to persuade them, but many of them grew unduly concerned with these differences between us. They would argue with me on the subject for months, if not years, no matter what good results I had to show them. Assuming that the relationship is otherwise worth maintaining, how should an older child or young adult handle such contentious differences with his family? How can he best communicate his point of view to them – for example, on the question of college, after they've saved for two decades for his college education?
  • Question 2: Forbidding the Sale of Dangerous Goods to Minors: Should minors be forbidden from buying dangerous goods? Under current law, minors are often restricted from buying goods regarded as dangerous, such as cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, or firearms. In a free society, should those restrictions be abolished or upheld? Should parents be allowed to permit their children to buy such goods?
  • Question 3: Worthy Charities: What kinds of charities are worthy of support? Many people laud donating to charities, but they don't seem particularly concerned with which charities they support. However, I'd like my charitable dollars to do some good in the world – and do me good in return. So when is it proper to donate to charity? What kinds of charities are worthy of support or not? How can I judge the effectiveness of a charity? Are local charities better than national or international charities?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 14 December 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

7 December 2014: Q&A on Karma, Responsibility for Pets, Gift Exchanges, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

Is karma real? Should I put my cat down rather than leave him in a shelter? How can I stop exchanging meaningless holiday presents with my siblings?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

11 December 2014: Chat about "Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4"

I discussed "Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4" with listeners on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"I discuss various Design Arguments for the existence of God, particularly objections to William Paley's Analogical Argument for Design."

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.

Recent Blog Posts


Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #240

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Meghanne Reburn RM presents Take a Chill Pill. The importance of stress reduction for optimal fertility posted at The Modern Paleo Midwife, saying, "This week 'Meg the Midwife' looks at stress and how it can affect your fertility. Learn about the different markers of stress can have an influence on your ability to conceive and learn how to take simple steps to reduce your stress levels."

Crystal Fieldhouse presents TPS 37: Move your DNA! With Katy Bowman posted at The Primal Shift Podcast, saying, "Jo chats with bio mechanist and natural movement champion Katy Bowman about her latest book ‘Move Your DNA’. Katy shares her (very well evidenced!) thoughts on how movement plays a bigger role than we realise in longevity and wellbeing."

Sophie presents AIP / CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH BOK CHOY – EASY PALEO VEGETABLE RECIPE posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "Easy paleo cauliflower rice with bok choy; this recipe is autoimmune protocol friendly and ready in 5 minutes."

Louise Hendon presents What’s So Bad About Soy? Don’t Asians Eat a Lot of It? posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "The Paleo diet recommends not eating any soy, but yet soy is such an integral part of many Asian cuisines. So why is soy so unhealthy?"

Louise Hendon presents Is Stevia Paleo? 5 Reasons Why Stevia Isn’t Paleo posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Stevia is often considered a healthy alternative to sugar, but is it really healthier? And how does it compare to artificial sweeteners?"

Eileen Laird presents Episode 07: The Wahls Protocol posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is an in-depth interview with Dr. Terry Wahls. We talk about her protocol in detail, mistakes people make, transitioning from vegetarianism, do a guided meditation, and get an update on her clinical trials. It's a power-packed interview!"

Vanessa presents Is Paleo Enough? posted at Fitbynature, saying, "My interest in nutrition stems from a life challenging illness (and the way back!). In 2010 I had emergency brain surgery to remove a tennis ball size brain tumor and to reduce the swelling of a melon sized sac of fluid surrounding it. In the four years since I have focused a lot on what I eat. I was obviously doing something wrong. I was the fittest sick person my friends, family or neurosurgeon knew. I didn’t realize that what I was doing eating wise is now called a ‘Paleo diet’. I think of it as a template for investigating my own body, a good descriptor for a nutrient-dense, toxin-free, whole-foods based diet that emphasizes animal protein and fats, starchy and non-starchy vegetables, fermented foods, raw dairy (when tolerated) and fruit, nuts and seeds (in moderation). I am not going back and now I am 5months pregnant with a healthy growing baby boy :)."

Nell Stephenson presents Healthy Holiday Tip of the Day: Shop Online for Paleoista Approved Food! posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson invites readers to get great saying on Paleo-friendly goods via the new Paleoista Approved Paleo Food from her partnership with Barefoot Provisions."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Chops, A Holiday Entrée posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe for Paleo Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Chops is perfect for the holidays! Try it with our sweet and tangy Paleo Cherry Sauce and hold on to your hats!"

Sabine presents The Primal Kitchen Bar posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "In my humble opinion, The Primal Kitchen Bar manages to stand out in the end by having a unique texture and taste, something the paleo world was waiting for!"
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 7 December 2014: Q&A on Karma, Responsibility for Pets, Gift Exchanges, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 7 December 2014.
  • Question 1: The Reality of Karma: Is karma real? Although the concept of "karma" has religious roots, it seems to contain a grain of truth, namely that people will, in the end, get what they deserve. So if a father is mean to his children, he will find them unwilling to help him when he suffers a health crisis in his old age. In contrast, children raised with love and kindness will be eager to help their ailing father. Is this understanding of karma true? Is this a concept that rational people might or should use in their moral thinking?
  • Question 2: Responsibility for Pets: Should I put my cat down rather than leave him in a shelter? After listening to the podcast question about the person who lived in Philadelphia and wanted to get out of the ghetto, I got the motivation to land a great new job in Seattle. I am moving to a new city in a few weeks and will be traveling quite a bit. I will not be able to take care of my cat with all of the traveling. I don't have the money to hire people to watch my pet while I am gone. I have put the cat up on billboards and ebay classifieds with no responses. The cat isn't friendly to anyone but me, so I doubt a prospective adopter would choose to take him after meeting him. As my move date grows closer, I am wondering if it would be better to have my cat put down than to leave him with a shelter. What should I do?
  • Question 3: Meaningless Gift Exchanges: How can I stop exchanging meaningless holiday presents with my siblings? My siblings and I are friendly but not close, but we still exchange Christmas presents. Mostly, that means that we buy each other stuff that we really don't want. That seems like a waste of time and money. I'd like to stop exchanging gifts with them, but how can I do so without hurting their feelings?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 7 December 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

30 November 2014: Q&A on Objectivity of Manners, Fighting Words, Past Conversations, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

Are manners objective? Do verbal insults sometimes justify a response of physical violence? How can I stop obsessing over past conversations?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

4 December 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five"

I discussed "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five" with listeners on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"In Chapter Three of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops the outlines of a theory of moral responsibility. He argues that responsibility requires (1) control and (2) knowledge. In Chapter Five of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, I explored and further developed this theory of responsibility. In our discussion of this chapter, we'll explore this theory in depth, considering twists and turns like the role of regret and involuntary ignorance and incapacity."

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.

Recent Blog Posts


Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.
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Friday, December 05, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #239

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Kris Gunnars presents 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Cinnamon is a delicious spice with impressive effects on health and metabolism. Here are 10 evidence-based health benefits of cinnamon."

Ute presents Should you ditch that scale? posted at Real Food 4 Me, saying, "Do you really need the scale to keep track of your fat loss, or would it make sense for you to ditch the scale and its ever powerful number entirely? Read this blog post to find out more."

Laura P presents Where Does Alcohol Fit In A Traditional Foods Diet? posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Many on a quest for optimal health struggle with where alcohol fits into their lifestyle. This post is all about the traditional roots of alcohol, and which beverages are the best to choose for good health."

Sophie presents AIP / OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN WINGS WITH GINGER SAUCE posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "Oven roasted chicken wings and drumettes; nicely browned and crunchy all over with a tender meat . Serve with an apple-ginger dipping sauce."

Kevin Geary presents The (Quick) Truth About Detoxes and Cleanses posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "As the holidays approach, you will hear a lot about cleanses and detoxes. Let us break that down for you and find the truth about how helpful these things really are!"

Clare Gravolet presents Sweet Potatoes and A Brussel Sprout Salad posted at Happy Eater, saying, "Thanksgiving may be over, but these two side dishes are still delicious options for your dinner!"

Clare Gravolet presents Coconut Lime Chicken Soup posted at Happy Eater, saying, "This recipe was adapted and made into a sweet and spicy Thai coconut-lime chicken soup! It's perfect for these cold (or mildly cold here in the South) days."

Vanessa presents Traveling Paleo posted at Fitbynature, saying, "I’m all for eating 80:20, where 80% of the time I eat the very best that my body needs, and 20% of the time I can indulge or eat out or eat less than perfect if I get stuck because my body can absorb it! Our body listens to what we do most of the time, not sometimes. Travel fits well into this category. And 'tis the season!"

Louise Hendon presents Our Favorite Christmas Recipes posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "A list of Christmas recipes with descriptions to help you plan your Christmas celebration."

Louise Hendon presents Paleo Holiday Gift Guide posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "We've put together a handy and pretty holiday gift guide for those looking to gift Paleo goodies this holiday season."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 30 November 2014: Q&A on Objectivity of Manners, Fighting Words, Past Conversations, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 30 November 2014.
  • Question 1: The Objectivity of Manners: Are manners objective? In a recent Rapid Fire Question, I think you rather too quickly dismissed the idea that manners or etiquette can be objective. You fairly quickly threw the whole lot of them over into the socially-subjective category. However, I think there's a lot that's not at all subjective, nor even optional, about manners. I happen to live in a country, China, which is much-renowned for its lack of basic human decency, and I would argue that this is a fair claim. For example, it's quite regular for a parent to pull his child's pants down and facilitate his or her urinating or defecating all over a vehicle of transportation, up to and including an international flight. It's also quite normal to hawk in such a way as to clear every cavity in one's upper torso, admire a particular piece of ground, and splat the results of one's personal nasal expiration for all to admire and tread upon. After a home-cooked meal, a guest is expected to belch massively. A small belch is a sign of dissatisfaction. To me, the latter seems quite a matter of optional cultural choice. What you said before about manners applies quite nicely to that issue: it's fairly arbitrary whether you should or you should not belch after your meal. At my in-laws' place, please do. At my mom's place, please don't. However, when I think about other ways in which Chinese people are "rude" to an American, I can think of a thousand examples where it's not just subjective. Pissing or shitting on a public bus is not just arbitrarily unacceptable to us silly overwrought Westerners. It's objectively rude. For another example, today when I was trying to get onto a bus, hale and hearty Chinese twenty-somethings were pushing in front of me in a giant triangle of evil. Nobody cared if I was there before them, nobody cared if the signs all said to line up respectfully, they just elbowed each other out of the way in order to get on the bus. So are manners objective, at least in part?
  • Question 2: Fighting Words: Do verbal insults sometimes justify a response of physical violence? In a recent discussion of bullying, most people agreed that the child in question should not have hit the kids bullying him, given that those bullies were merely making awful remarks, as opposed to being violent or threatening. However, one person suggested that a physically violent response might be justified if all other avenues were exhausted – meaning that the bully was told to stop, efforts to enlist the help of the authorities failed, and a warning was given. Is that right? Is it ever right to respond to purely verbal insults with physical violence?
  • Question 3: Obsessing over Past Conversations: How can I stop obsessing over past conversations? After having a conversation with someone, I often obsess about what I said to them and the way that I said it. I think about they ways they could have misinterpreted what I meant, and I worry that they thought I was being rude or disrespectful. Most of the time, of course, whatever nuances I thought would offend them were either non-existent or just went straight over their head. How can I overcome this obsessiveness, while still maintaining a healthy level of concern for how what I say may be interpreted?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 30 November 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

23 November 2014: Q&A on Veganism and Vegetarianism, Courage, Ungrateful People, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

Are the moral arguments for veganism (and vegetarianism) rational? Does the virtue of courage require struggling against the temptation to succumb to fear? Why aren't people grateful for what others do for them?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

Recent Blog Posts


Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.
If you're interested in more from Philosophy in Action, be sure to like our Facebook Page and subscribe to our Newsletter!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #238

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Kevin Geary presents End Your Eating Struggles by Healing These 10 Triggers` posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Ever feel like you just can't shake those last ten pounds or you just can't seem to reach your health and fitness goals? Find out if one or more of these ten triggers are holding you hostage."

Paul Jaminet presents Farewell Mathias posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "The subject of a blog post from 3 years ago, a 6 year old boy with a devastating genetic disease, has passed away. This is my tribute."

Sophie Van Tiggelen presents Aip / Thanksgiving Paleo Persimmon Fruit Salad posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "This autumnal persimmon fruit salad is a wonderful dessert; not too sweet, not too heavy, and easy on the budget."

Sabine presents Celeriac Hash-Browns posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Hash browns are great for breakfast or as a side dish, and usually made from white potatoes. An attempt to make hash browns from sweet potato didn't go too well, and celeriac is a great substitute for white potato, and also makes really tasty hash browns!"

Sabine presents Choc-Attack Muffins posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "If you are in need of a quick chocolate fix that's easy to prepare and not too high on the sugar, then keep reading...."

Laura P presents Lacto-Fermented Cranberry Relish with Citrus and Ginger posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "This lacto-fermented cranberry relish is the perfect condiment for the holiday table! Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, plus probiotics to help you digest your holiday feast."

Clare Gravolet presents Cold Brussel Sprout Salad and Mashed Sweet Potatoes posted at Happy Eater, saying, "These two side dishes made great Thanksgiving recipes, but they're simple and delicious enough to make all year!"

Louise Hendon presents 41 Mouth-Watering Paleo Pizza Recipes posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "There are tons of options for Paleo pizza and our favorite bloggers have all the best ideas. Also for Primal people who allow a bit of cheese in their diet, we have a ton of great Primal pizza recipe ideas as well. Check it out!"

Louise Hendon presents Is This Healthy, Paleo Food Sabotaging Your Fat Loss? posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Many people come to Paleo for weight loss, but an easy misunderstanding about this Paleo food could lead you to weight gain instead of weight loss."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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