Saturday, August 23, 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, 24 August 2014: Q&A on Reclaiming Personality, Debating Ethics, Conning Jerks

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 24 August 2014.
  • Question 1: Reclaiming Lost Personality Traits: Can I reclaim lost personality traits? When I was a kid (probably until the age of about 12 or 13), my personality had a strong 'I' element (as in the DISC model I). I was fun, energetic and confident. I was willing to express myself openly (and loudly) and do silly things for the sake of laughs. When I went to high school, I was bullied heavily. I became much more quiet and withdrawn. The C element of my personality took over, and the I element all but disappeared. Now as an adult, I would like to be able to "reclaim" my lost personality. I am generally a shy and withdrawn person, and I long for the energy and enthusiasm that I once had. Is it possible to reclaim my lost personality? If so, how?
  • Question 2: Debating Christian Versus Objectivist Ethics: Why is Ayn Rand's ethics better than that of Jesus? I was recently invited to participate in a live student debate at a local church on the topic, "Who Was the Better Moral Philosopher: Ayn Rand or Jesus?". The audience will be mostly Christian or neutral: there will only be a handful of people familiar with Objectivism present. What points would you make if you were to speak to an audience of interested laypeople on this topic? What subjects might be best to avoid? What aspects of Jesus' ethics might be good to highlight as flaws? What resources – other than the primary sources – might you suggest on this topic?
  • Question 3: Conning Jerks and Blowhards: Is it wrong to con jerks and blowhards? I know that dishonesty is wrong, but conning jerks and blowhards out of their money (as seen here) seems like justice at its best. So is it wrong?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 24 August 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Thursday evening, 28 August 2014: Kelly Elmore on "The Importance of Growth Mindsets"

I'll interview educator Kelly Elmore about "The Importance of Growth Mindsets" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 28 August 2014.

Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success offers a new perspective on learning. People with a "fixed mindsets" believe that traits like intelligence or social skills are fixed and cannot be changed much. People with "growth mindsets" believe that humans have the potential to change the traits they possess and constantly learn and improve. As a part of the research for her dissertation, Kelly Elmore has explored the psychological research conducted by Dweck and other cognitive psychologists that led to Dweck's development of the concept of "mindsets." In this interview, she'll explain what mindsets are and the research behind them, as well as discuss how to apply these ideas to improve our lives.

Kelly Elmore is working on her PhD in rhetoric and composition at Georgia State University, teaching freshman composition, helping her 10 year old daughter educate herself, and working with students from 8-18 on writing, Latin, grammar, and rhetoric at a local homeschool co-op. Kelly is in the planning stages of writing her dissertation, which will focus on Carol Dweck's concept of mindset and its relevance to writing. She also cooks (homemade mayo, anyone?) and practices yoga and mindfulness. She doesn't have spare time because she fills it all up with values, happiness, and breathing in and out.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 28 August 2014. The podcast will be posted later that evening. 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.

20 August 2014: Podcast on "Moral Conflicts and the Virtue of Justice"

I podcast on "Moral Conflicts and the Virtue of Justice" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"As we live our lives, some people will harm us by their moral wrongs and honest errors, and we may commit such wrongs and errors ourselves. Objective moral judgment is an essential part of the rational response to such events. Yet circumstances often call for more than judgment: sometimes, forgiveness and redemption come into play. In this lecture given to ATLOSCon in 2012, I explored the nature, function, and limits of forgiveness and redemption in relation to the virtue of justice. Then we applied that understanding to common examples of wrongs and errors."

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, August 22, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #227

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:
Ruth presents The Complete Guide to Coconut Oil posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Everything you need to know about coconut oil, including benefits, uses, a shopping guide and even a video on how to make coconut oil at home!"

Eileen Laird presents Airplane Travel on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "One of the most common questions I get is how to travel on the AIP. My family is spread across the country, so travel is an automatic part of my lifestyle. Last year, I wrote an article on road trips. Today, I'm sharing tips for air travel: everything from what I pack, to how I shop, to how I navigate my diet among non-paleo family members. Fear can sometimes keep us at home in our own kitchens, but there's a big world out there. We don't want to miss out!"

Louise Hendon presents 10 Reasons that Salmon is Healthier Than You Already Think posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "You probably already know how delicious salmon can be. I want to give you more reasons that it’s worth the price tag…."

Louise Hendon presents Spinach and Pancetta Saute Recipe posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "This is a really easy and delicious Paleo side dish recipe with just 2 ingredients."

Laura P presents Grain-Free Stone Fruit Crumble posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Celebrate the bounty of late summer with this grain-free stone fruit crumble! Juicy, ripe fruits sweetened slightly with coconut sugar and topped with a grain-free crumble topping--it's a perfect summer dessert!"

Kris Gunnars presents Should You Eat Lean or Fatty Meats? The Savory Truth posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Whether you should eat lean or fatty meats depends on a few things, including your goals, preferences and total carbohydrate intake."

Melissa Joulwan presents My Whole30 Story posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "From 'going paleo" through a thyroidectomy and adrenal fatigue to now, finally, good health, eating Whole30 style has helped me maintain my sanity and get to the root of my health issues."

Amy Kubal presents "Exercising" The Demons posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Exercise addiction is real. Are you getting too much of a good thing?"

Annie presents 6 Life Lessons I've Learned From Exercise posted at Sardines on the Subway, saying, "A look at how the lessons I've learned from exercise have benefited me in all sorts of ways."

Nell Stephenson presents Your Body Is Talking To You. Listen. posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenosn, LLC, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson suggests readers tune into their bodies to let them dictate how certain foods simply don't work and should therefore be avoided."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #153: Eating Paleo While Traveling: Diane’s Greece Recap posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "Listen as Diane talks about her trip to Greece! What she ate, what foods she packed, jet lag and more."

Sabine presents Whole30 Checklist posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Starting the Whole30? This checklist will help you on your way!"
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, August 16, 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, 24 August 2014: Q&A on Reclaiming Personality, Debating Ethics, Conning Jerks

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 24 August 2014.
  • Question 1: Reclaiming Lost Personality Traits: Can I reclaim lost personality traits? When I was a kid (probably until the age of about 12 or 13), my personality had a strong 'I' element (as in the DISC model I). I was fun, energetic and confident. I was willing to express myself openly (and loudly) and do silly things for the sake of laughs. When I went to high school, I was bullied heavily. I became much more quiet and withdrawn. The C element of my personality took over, and the I element all but disappeared. Now as an adult, I would like to be able to "reclaim" my lost personality. I am generally a shy and withdrawn person, and I long for the energy and enthusiasm that I once had. Is it possible to reclaim my lost personality? If so, how?
  • Question 2: Debating Christian Versus Objectivist Ethics: Why is Ayn Rand's ethics better than that of Jesus? I was recently invited to participate in a live student debate at a local church on the topic, "Who Was the Better Moral Philosopher: Ayn Rand or Jesus?". The audience will be mostly Christian or neutral: there will only be a handful of people familiar with Objectivism present. What points would you make if you were to speak to an audience of interested laypeople on this topic? What subjects might be best to avoid? What aspects of Jesus' ethics might be good to highlight as flaws? What resources – other than the primary sources – might you suggest on this topic?
  • Question 3: Conning Jerks and Blowhards: Is it wrong to con jerks and blowhards? I know that dishonesty is wrong, but conning jerks and blowhards out of their money (as seen here) seems like justice at its best. So is it wrong?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 24 August 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


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, August 15, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #226

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 Paleo Approach Book Review and Recipe for AIP-Friendly BBQ Sauce posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "People have been waiting for this cookbook for almost two years, and I'm happy to tell you it was worth the wait. Over 200 autoimmune-friendly recipes, 6 weeks of meal plans, detailed food lists and more. Today, I offer a detailed review of the cookbook and a sample recipe for nightshade-free barbecue sauce (which I have tested myself - yum!)."

Kevin Geary presents Stop Working Out and DWYLT Instead (It’ll Change Your Life) posted at Rebooted Body- Ancestral Science and Modern Psychology, saying, "What if you were to stop beating yourself up for falling off the gym wagon and instead, Do What You Love- Today?! Find out how this revolutionary idea can change your life!"

Ruth presents Amazing Mango Chutney posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Of all the delicious fermented foods I make, this is my favorite. It's such an amazing combination of flavors - it surprises me every time I taste it. Yum. And to think - it's also healthy."

Louise Hendon presents Does Garcinia Cambogia Work? (A Meticulous Review) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "A detailed review of the studies about garcinia cambogia and whether this natural supplement works for weightloss."

Louise Hendon presents Are We A Fat-Overloaded Or A Fat-Deficient Society? posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Guest post by Jimmy Moore exploring the good fats that we're missing out on."

Laura P presents Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickles posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Late summer is prime time for pickling, and these lacto-fermented pickles are a great way to put up delicious local cucumbers. Lacto-fermentation, or brining, preserves without heat and maintains all of the vitamins, enzymes and probiotics in these tasty pickles-perfect for a summer picnic!"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter, A Sweet Sandwich Spread posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "If you love the taste of cinnamon raisin, you'll love this spread. We like to make this with our Fluffy Paleo White Bread and Paleo Strawberry Jam for a delicious AB&J Sandwich!!"

Annie presents Biohacking Your Mindset posted at Sardines on the Subway, saying, "I give my opinion on the best—and worst—ways to prepare yourself mentally for diet and lifestyle changes."

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo on the Front Page of the Times’ Dining Section! posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about an unspoken paleo recipe in today's Dining Section of the NY Times."

Paul Jaminet presents My Ancestral Health Symposium Talk on Weight Loss posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "This is the complete video of my talk at the recent Ancestral Health Symposium in Berkeley, on the topic of: 'An Ancestral Theory of Obesity, with Supporting Evidence from the Perfect Health Retreats." Both theory and empirical evidence recommends an ancestral approach to weight loss!"

Meghanne Reburn RM presents Essential Fatty Acids:What's the deal? posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "Meg, the 'Paleo Midwife" briefly discusses what the 'deal' is with EFA's and how to supplement for pregnancy, fertility and during breastfeeding."

Tarah presents An update on life, food, and the upcoming Everything Paleo Pregnancy book posted at What I Gather, saying, "I've been a bit absent due to the book-writing process, but I am back with an update on my favorite recipes, favorite podcasts and the upcoming release of the Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Balanced Bites Podcast #152 posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "This week I talk to Simone from Zenbelly about her new cookbook 'The Zenbelly Cookbook!"."
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, August 09, 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, 10 August 2014: Q&A on Voluntary Sacrifices, Agnosticism, Teaching Children Objectivism, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 10 August 2014.
  • Question 1: Accepting Voluntary Sacrifices: Is accepting voluntary sacrifices from others moral? Imagine that someone offers you a way to increase your wealth, lengthen your lifespan, or achieve your goals at great personal cost to and even sacrifice of himself. Is it wrong to accept that? What if you've tried setting them straight and telling them to act in their self-interest, but they still insist on trying to be altruistic? Would accepting such a sacrifice be a breach of integrity for an egoist, or would rational egoism urge you to enjoy the proffered benefits, so long as voluntarily bestowed? In other words, is accepting voluntary sacrifices from others different from forcing others to sacrifice to you?
  • Question 2: Agnosticism: Can the non-existence of God be proven? I see how a person could believe – purely based on rational argument – that God's existence cannot be proven, thereby becoming an agnostic. On the one hand, many non-theists criticize theists for believing in a deity strictly on faith, claiming that there's no rational reason to believe in a deity. Most theists, however, would probably reject that, saying that they have rational reasons for their beliefs too. On the other hand, atheism seems just as unproveable as theism. Yet atheists claim that their beliefs are based on reason, rather than emotion or faith. As a result, aren't the atheists covertly relying on faith? Or can atheism be proven purely based on reason? Why not just admit that we don't know? Also, practically speaking, isn't the agnostic basically the same as an atheist?
  • Question 3: Introducing Children to Objectivism: How should I introduce my teenagers to Atlas Shrugged and Objectivism? I'd like to introduce my teenagers to Ayn Rand's novels, as well as to the principles of her philosophy of Objectivism. How should I do that? My concern is that I'll bungle it up and bore them to death or succeed too well and convert them into Objectivist jerks for the next ten years. What's a rational approach for parents?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 10 August 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.

3 August 2014: Q&A on Compulsory Vaccination, Requiting Evil, and More

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

Should the government mandate vaccination? Can evil be requited with good?

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

7 August 2014: Robert Garmong on "Love and Sex in China"

I interviewed Professor Robert Garmong about "Love and Sex in China" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"What are the traditional ideas about love and sex in Chinese culture? How did those ideas change in Mao's time? How do Chinese men and women approach romantic and sexual relationships today? Is homosexuality accepted? What is the place of mistresses and prostitutes? Moreover, Robert Garmong told us of the pitfalls of marrying a Chinese woman – and explained why he did exactly that anyway." Robert Garmong is Lecturer of Business and Liberal Arts at the Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. He studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

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.
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, August 08, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #225

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 39 Beginner Cooking Tips for Kitchen Scaredy Cats posted at Rebooted Body- Ancestral Science and Modern Psychology, saying, "39 of our favorite tips for those who are intimidated by the kitchen and prepping real food!"

Melissa Joulwan presents Whole30 Resources Roundup posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "I've rounded up a ton of helpful resources for people tackling the Whole30, including meal plans, shopping lists, helpful tips, no-recipe required meals, and more."

Melissa Joulwan presents Sunrise Spice posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "This spice blend is easy to throw together with spices you probably have on hand, and the result is a warm, spicy-sweet mix that turns ground meat into sausage in a snap."

Eileen presents 5 Ways To Reverse Autoimmunity That Have Nothing To Do With Food posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "When we follow the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, food is foremost in our mind. We avoid the foods that exacerbate autoimmune disease and eat the foods that help us heal. The right food is essential, but healing is about more than just food. Lifestyle affects autoimmunity just as strongly. Today, I talk about five things you can do to help your body heal."

Annie presents SI-what?? posted at Sardines on the Subway, saying, "In my latest post, I talk about my dietary experiments beyond simply Paleo to try to improve my cystic-fibrosis related digestive problems."
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, August 02, 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, 3 August 2014: Q&A on Compulsory Vaccination, Voluntary Sacrifices, Requiting Evil, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 3 August 2014.
  • Question 1: Compulsory Vaccination: Should the government mandate vaccination? Advocates of free markets often disagree about whether vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary – and whether they could be justly mandated by law. One problem is that the refusal to vaccinate oneself might put others at risk. Not everyone can be vaccinated, and some people who are vaccinated don't develop immunity. However, when the vast majority of people are vaccinated, that provides "herd immunity" to people who don't have immunity. People who choose not to be vaccinated degrade that herd immunity and thereby put others at risk. Moreover, parents have to choose whether to vaccinate their children or not, and the failure to vaccinate is regarded as neglect by many people – on par with Christian Science parents refusing to give a sick child antibiotics. Given that, should vaccinations be mandated by the government? If so, under what circumstances? Or might people be held civilly liable for transmitting diseases? Or should vaccination be considered a purely private matter between individuals (and institutions)?
  • Question 2: Accepting Voluntary Sacrifices: Is accepting voluntary sacrifices from others moral? Imagine that someone offers you a way to increase your wealth, lengthen your lifespan, or achieve your goals at great personal cost to and even sacrifice of himself. Is it wrong to accept that? What if you've tried setting them straight and telling them to act in their self-interest, but they still insist on trying to be altruistic? Would accepting such a sacrifice be a breach of integrity for an egoist, or would rational egoism urge you to enjoy the proffered benefits, so long as voluntarily bestowed? In other words, is accepting voluntary sacrifices from others different from forcing others to sacrifice to you?
  • Question 3: Requiting Evil with Good: Can evil be requited with good? Christians claim that evil can and ought to be requited with good. So in "Les Miserables", the Bishop inspired Jean Valjean to reform by telling the police that he willingly gave Jean the silver plate (and added the candlesticks) even though Jean stole the silver. Does this strategy ever work to reform an evildoer? Or is it merely a license to further evil? In some cases, might it be useful to "heap burning coals on [an evildoer's] head"? If so, when and why?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 3 August 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Thursday evening, 7 August 2014: Robert Garmong on "Love and Sex in China"

I'll interview Professor Robert Garmong about "Love and Sex in China" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 7 August 2014.

What are the traditional ideas about love and sex in Chinese culture? How did those ideas change in Mao? How do Chinese men and women approach romantic and sexual relationships today? Is homosexuality accepted? What is the place of mistresses and prostitutes? Moreover, Robert Garmong will tell us of the pitfalls of marrying a Chinese woman – and explain why he did exactly that anyway.

Dr. Robert Garmong studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). He currently teaches English language and Western culture at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, in Dalian, China. His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 7 August 2014. The podcast will be posted later that evening. 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.

27 July 2014: Q&A on Defamation Laws, Pursuing Justice, Superhero Movies, and More

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

Do libel and slander laws violate or protect rights? Should I pursue justice against a wrongdoer at great personal expense? Do good ideas in superhero movies and television change people's philosophy?

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

31 July 2014: Dr. Doug McGuff on "Government Controls in Emergency Medicine"

I interviewed emergency medicine physician Dr. Doug McGuff about "Government Controls in Emergency Medicine" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"The practice of emergency medicine is heavily regulated by the government. What is EMTALA? What are its effects? What have the effects of ObamaCare been so far? How do these laws compromise patient care and make the practice of medicine more difficult? How could emergency medicine be made more free?" Dr. Doug McGuff is an emergency medicine doctor practicing in South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1989, and then trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas, where he served as Chief Resident. From there, Dr. McGuff served as Faculty in the Wright State University Emergency Medicine Residency and was a staff Emergency Physician at Wright-Patterson AFB Hospital. Today, Dr. McGuff is a partner with Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians. I interviewed Dr. Doug McGuff about fitness, weightlifting, and high-intensity exercise in December 2012 and about avoiding the emergency room in May 2013.

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.
If you're interested in more from Philosophy in Action, be sure to like our Facebook Page and subscribe to our Newsletter!

Philosophy in Action's NewsletterPhilosophy in Action's Facebook PagePhilosophy in Action's Twitter StreamPhilosophy in Action's RSS FeedsPhilosophy in Action's Calendar

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Friday, August 01, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #224

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 Blueberry Gummies and why gelatin is great posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "Meg, the 'Paleo Midwife" introduces her new newsletter! In these bi-weekly emails, she plans to share a great recipes, insider tips and special subscriber updates. In this weeks post, she shares content from her first newsletter including a recipe for Blueberry Gummies! She also gives a brief overview of why gelatin is a great addition to your healthy paleo diet."

Eileen Laird presents Strict AIP Isn't Meant to Last Forever. What Personalized AIP Looks Like posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "A lot of the paleo autoimmune bloggers, myself included, offer our blogs as resources for people going through the elimination phase of the AIP. That’s the hardest menu to navigate, especially when you first make the switch. A side effect, though, is that many people think we are all still strict AIP. It’s not true. None of us are. So this article is designed to show you what life on the AIP looks like long-term. I interview Sarah Ballantyne and others, about their daily diets now."

Sabine presents Sausage Seasoning Blend posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "No need to buy pre-made sausage blends, with this simple home-made blend you can add tons of flavor to ground meats and even chicken!"

Kevin Geary presents How Many Carbs Should I Be Eating? posted at Rebooted Body- Ancestral Science and Modern Psychology, saying, "Making the answer to this question super simple!!"

Annie presents Snack Attack! posted at Sardines on the Subway, saying, "I've given my advice on what Paleo snacks to take on the road."

Melissa Joulwan presents Whole30 Resources Roundup posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "A massive list of Whole30 resources – meal plans, success tips, recipes, and more – from paleo bloggers like me, Stupid Easy Paleo, Nom Nom Paleo, Whole30, and more."

Nell Stephenson presents Wait… I Thought That Wasn’t Paleo posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson clarifies her position on when eating Paleo and packaged, such as Barnana, in a pinch is still the better option in order to remain Paleo versus resorting to candy or something of the like."

Steve Kirsch presents The lemming state of mind, or why there's a valuable lesson in "Crossing the Line" posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "ESPN did a video on CrossFit that some folks viewed as a hit piece on the 'sport of fitness." I'm a guy who does CrossFit, and I thought there was actually a valuable lesson in there."

Steve Kirsch presents The Scoreboard posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Training smart means taking the necessary steps to keep your ego in check. I used to track the results of every day's weightlifting; I'm taking a break from that for a while."
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