Saturday, March 28, 2015

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, 29 March 2015: Q&A on Rights to Things, Extreme Cases, Being Helpful, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 29 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Claims of Rights to Food and Shelter: Do people have a right to food and shelter? I recently had a conversation with a Facebook friend who stated that food and shelter are more than necessities, they are rights. I posed the question, "How does one exercise their right to food and shelter?" No one answered the question, so I would like to pose it here. Most food in this country is grown by farmers and sold fresh, or processed in a factory for sale. If food is a "right," does anyone without the means to buy these products have an inherent right to take what they need without any remuneration to the farmer or the manufacturer? The same applies to shelter. How does one exercise their "right" to shelter without a means to earn it? We have a right to free speech, and a right to vote. One is exercised by speaking your mind on a subject without fear of government reprisal, and the other is exercised by voting during elections. We have the right to practice whatever religion we want or none at all. The press has the right to print or say whatever they want. Any "right" to food or shelter would have to operate differently. So are food and shelter a "right"? What would that mean in practice?
  • Question 2: Extreme Cases: Do moral principles break down in extreme cases? When faced with bizarre hypotheticals, advocates of rational egoism often assert that such scenarios would never happen. This seems to be dodging the question. It's said that conventional understandings of physics break down at microscopic and extremely grand-scale levels. Does morality follow a similar pattern? For example, what if a small society of people stranded on an island faced a shortage of clean water, and a single individual who owned all access to clean water refused to sell it? Is that really impossible? Doesn't that show that the principle of individual rights breaks down in extreme cases?
  • Question 3: Being Helpful to a Disliked Co-Worker: Should I do something nice for a coworker I dislike? There's a lady at work that I dislike. My conflict with her is primarily merely a conflict of personality. I find her defensive, passive-aggressive, and awkward to the point of rudeness. I am also not very impressed with her work products, but that rarely has a direct impact on me – except when I'm asked to review them – as is the fact that she only seems to work for about six hours every day. Indirectly, of course, her eccentricities and poor work quality cast our team in a very poor light and could eventually serve as a reason to dissolve or lay off our team. It's a mystery as to why she hasn't been fired. But I'm not her manager. In a meeting earlier today, she made a remark that she thought she was being excluded from important meetings that are relevant to her work. The truth is that she's not being actively excluded from these meetings, but rather everything is happening so fast and the meetings aren't always planned, so it's really just not possible to include her in those meetings. She would probably be heartened to understand better how these events take place in our company. (She's rather new, and I am very tenured.) She might feel better about her position and she might become less defensive about things if she had a better understanding of the organizational mechanics here. But I strongly dislike her and would prefer that she seek other employment. Should I be kind and explain those mechanics or not?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 29 March 2015. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Recent Blog Posts


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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #253

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 Fitting Out: How to Dramatically Improve Your Health by Rejecting the Status Quo posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Have you always lived by the status quo? Has it gotten you nowhere?? Now is the time to learn how to dramatically improve your health by rejecting what you have been following for years!!"

Jennifer Brand presents Ketones and ketoacidosis, what’s the deal? posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "In this piece I set out to explain the difference between ketosis which is a normal metabolic state the body can enter when there is a lack of dietary carbohydrates, and in times of fasting (even overnight fasting), and ketoacidosis which is a life threatening condition that can occur in uncontrolled type 1 diabetes for example."

Vanessa presents Coconut oil - the gateway fat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Now that sugar is accepted as the bad guy in our food, it’s time to get back into fat."

Louise Hendon presents How to Make Ghee In a Slow Cooker posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Ghee is so delicious, healthy, and easy to make. So follow this simple recipe to make it at home in your slow cooker."

Louise Hendon presents Why You Need A Foam Roller (Including 4 Foam Roller Exercises) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "If you don't have a foam roller, then you don't know what you're missing! I use it to roll out my muscles after exercising and to massage any muscles that are sore."

Louise Hendon presents How To Start A Paleo Diet (5 Options – I like #5 the best) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "There are a variety of ways to start a Paleo diet, so choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and personality."

Blair presents Orgasmic and Herbal Cortisol Management posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "Chronic exposure to high cortisol leads to bodily insults and, like a burn from a flame, the more prolonged the exposure, the greater the damage. This post offers up ways to prevent getting burned by cortisol and features another Paleo Little Effort Big Result recipe along with this week's Better-Fat-Burner links."

Eileen presents Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I've jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, and I am in love. I could tell you that it's this cool machine that is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and even has a sauté function that lets you brown meat before cooking. And it is all of those things, but honestly? There is one simple reason that I'm a smitten kitten. It makes 24-hour gelatinous bone broth in just 2-1/2 hours. I have been making 24-hour bone broth for almost 3 years, and saving this much time in the kitchen fills me with the kind of gratitude that only 'real food cooks" like yourself can understand. Ready to do a happy dance in your kitchen?"

Jeah Kessha presents 20 Powerful Detox Tools/Techniques posted at Paleo all the Way, saying, "Detoxing is always happening. Toxicity is always happening, in our current world. Just getting the body to work properly will cause it to naturally detox, that is, push things out that don’t belong there. This overview provides a practical outline combining unusual principles from a variety of modalities."

Laura P presents The Power Of Zinc, The "Intelligence Mineral" posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Zinc is an often overlooked, yet extremely important trace mineral. Modern diets not only lack sufficient zinc, but they also prevent the body from absorbing it. Here is some info on where to get zinc in a traditional foods diet and why this mineral is so important for healing the body!"
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, March 21, 2015

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.


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.

15 March 2015: Q&A on Philosophy, Confederate Flags, Abortion Funding, and More

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

What are the major branches of philosophy? Is displaying the Confederate flag racist? Should taxpayer-funded abortions be opposed?

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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Saturday, March 14, 2015

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, 15 March 2015: Q&A on Philosophy, Confederate Flags, Abortion Funding, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 15 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Major Branches of Philosophy: What are the major branches of philosophy? Ayn Rand claimed that philosophy consisted of five major branches – metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and esthetics. Is that right? If so, why are those the five major branches? Are they comprehensive in some way? Why not include philosophy of science, logic, philosophy of mind, and so on?
  • Question 2: Displaying the Confederate Flag: Is displaying the Confederate flag racist? I've been told by southerners that displaying the flag of the Confederate States amounts to a display of "southern pride." I think it amounts to a display of racism, given the history of the south. That flag was used in a time when the agricultural economy of the southern states relied on slave labor. Many southern states seceded from the Union, largely because of their nefarious interests in preserving slavery. The Confederate flag represents these states and their ideology. Hence, I think it's morally questionable (at least) to display it. I don't think the south should take pride in or honor the Confederacy. Am I right or wrong in my thinking? What should I think of people who choose to display the Confederate flag?
  • Question 3: Taxpayer-Funded Abortions: Should taxpayer-funded abortions be opposed? In Victoria, Australia, we have fairly good laws on abortion and there are almost no legal or social barriers to access. However, we also have a very generous public health care system which means that most if not all of the costs of an abortion will be covered by the public. Is there something especially wrong with publicly funded abortion that advocates of individual rights should be concerned with or is it morally equivalent to the immorality of forcing others to pay for less controversial treatment such as dental surgery? Does the cultural context influence how a free-market advocate should approach this topic? While the majority of the community supports the current laws, there seem to be signs of an anti-abortion faction developing in the Liberal Party (the conservatives). I wouldn't want to have opposition to publicly-funded abortions result in any kind of ban on abortions. So should publicly funded abortions be opposed or not?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 15 March 2015. 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.

8 March 2015: Q&A on Fractional Reserve Banking, Honesty, Trust in Business, and More

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

Does fraud require deliberate deception? Are some people unworthy of the truth? How can I decide whether a business associate has crossed the line?

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, March 13, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #252

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:
Melissa Joulwan presents Spicy Coconut Mayo posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Homemade mayo gets tropical with a touch of heat and toasted coconut."

Angel and Meghan presents Paleo Chicken and Dumplings, A Paleo Comfort Food posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Paleo Effect provides a wealth of information and free recipes based on the Paleo Lifestyle."

Eileen Laird presents Salmon Primavera posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Ready for a delicious weeknight meal that takes only 30 minutes to prepare, including prep and cook time? This is my new favorite. Nutrient-dense salmon meets playful zucchini noodles. A recipe for kids and adults alike!"

Jennifer Brand presents I 'C' You posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "Vitamin C is an important water soluble vitamin. This post gives a little background on it, describes some of the functions of it in the body, and explores if it really works for avoiding getting sick!"

Sophie presents Braised Belgian Endives with Bacon posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "Braised Belgian endive have a distinctive sweet and buttery taste. They pair very well with roasted pork chops, or any kind of meat and poultry."

Blair presents Corralling Cortisol posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "To make enough cortisol, the adrenals “steal” the building block (pregnenolone) needed to produce sex hormones. This, along with the loss of ovarian hormones during menopause, is a double whammy to a woman's well-being. Corralling Cortisol explains how to take action and also includes this week’s Better Fat Burner links and a Little-Effort-Big-Result slow cooker recipe."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #182: Get Fit Faster with Jen Sinkler posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "Learn how to Get Fit Faster this week with our guest Jen Sinkler. Find out about her new program 'Lift Weights Faster 2."."

Vanessa presents Brothing my way thru my first mid-western winter posted at Fitbynature, saying, "There's a lot of brothing going around this winter. Cafe Brodo in NYC has everyone replacing their sugar laden pumpkin spice lattes with a nourishing drink instead. It's the wheatgrass shot of winter."

Laura P presents Super Supplement: Cod Liver Oil posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "I recommend cod liver oil for almost all of my clients...find out why I love cod liver oil and if it may benefit you and your family!"
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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Friday, March 06, 2015

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, 8 March 2015: Q&A on Fraud and Deception, Honesty, Trust in Business, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 8 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Fraud and Deception: Does fraud require deliberate deception? Some libertarians, most notably Walter Block, have tried to argue that fraud does not require deliberate deception. For example, argues Block, if I tried to sell you a square circle, and I believed that square circles existed, and so did you, and you agreed to the transaction, then, since square circles do not actually exist, this would still count as fraud, even though no deliberate deception has taken place. Block has used this argument to indict fractional reserve banking, by arguing that it still counts as fraud even though all parties are knowingly consenting. Is he talking rationalist nonsense?
  • Question 2: People Unworthy of the Truth: Are some people unworthy of the truth? "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it," said Mark Twain in his Notebooks. Is that true? Does that justify lying – or merely withholding information?
  • Question 3: Deception in a Business Partner: How can I decide whether a business associate has crossed the line? I am part of a very specialized marketing co-op group. Businesses provide samples to the marketer, who then sells them at his own profit, to the tune of thousands of dollars a month. The marketer also does many web promotions and a monthly set of videos to promote the makers of these samples. This business has worked well in sending customers my way in the past. However, a few months ago, the marketer threatened to call the whole thing off for a month, claiming there were not enough samples to sell. So all the businesses rallied and sent in more. Two weeks later the marketer posted publicly that his spouse's hours had been cut the month before, and he was strapped for cash. This apparent dishonesty turned me off from using the service for many months. When I finally sent in samples again, I found that the same thing is still happening: the marketer is threatening to call off the promotion for the month if more samples are not sent in. Does this kind of behavior warrant dropping this business tool from my arsenal? Or am I just reacting emotionally?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 8 March 2015. 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.

1 March 2015: Q&A on Character, Revenge Porn, Atheism, and More

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

What is the nature of character? Should revenge porn be illegal? How can I avoid coming out as an atheist to my boyfriend's parents?

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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The Paleo Rodeo #251

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 Pregnancy Cravings. The why and the why the heck not? posted at Modern Paleo Midwife, saying, "Meg, the Midwife, explores a common issue for many pregnant women, cravings. Why do we get them? How can we maintain a healthy paleo diet when all we want to do is reach for the bag of cookies or boxed mac and cheese?"

Melissa Joulwan presents Tips for Eating Paleo in Restaurants posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Tons of tips so you can enjoy meals in restaurants without trashing your good habits."

Eileen Laird presents Episode 13: Autoimmunity and Infertility posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between autoimmunity and infertility. Our guest, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, has 14 years experience helping women have babies. Many of her patients have autoimmune disease as well. Why is that a common problem, and how can we reverse it and restore our fertility, along with our health?"

Vanessa presents Health is cellular posted at Fitbynature, saying, "If you think of who you are you can say ‘I am a collection of 100 trillion cells’. But like wise, when our cells are nutrient deficient we go on a downward spiral."

Vanessa presents Every meal should be a treat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "I’ve always been one of those people that needed something sweet after dinner. But let’s be honest: anything that seriously satisfies our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of health: most snacks contain (gasp!) sugar."

Sophie presents Apple and sage elk meatloaf posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "If you are not familiar with elk meat, this recipe is a good way to break the ice! It is really hard to mess up a meatloaf and they always taste good (well, most of the time!). Actually I would put meatloaf in the comfort food category. It is also something you can make ahead of time and serve for dinner on week-day nights. Perfect!"

Blair presents Coo Coo for Coconut posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "In this post I pay tribute to coconut and explain why it is a great replacement for high carbohydrate foods. I also share my Coco-Nut Granola recipe and provide a compilation of last week's BFB (Better Fat Burner) links."

Sabine presents Coconut Crusted Cod posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Codfish is an excellent source of protein, but on it's own, it tastes a bit bland. There's a reason why often it's rolled in breadcrumbs and fried to make it more tasty. However, with the right spices and coating, you can make a similar version yourself, using shredded coconut as a breading, which provides a mild sweet taste, extra fiber and healthy fats."

Jeah Kessha presents How Textiles Effect Your Health and Sleep posted at Footloose and Chairfree, saying, "We actually 'eat' the chemicals found in clothing bedding, through our skin and lungs. We are being exposed to thousands of endocrine blocking agents, compromising the efforts we make in the diet realm. Find out how it works and what you can do about it."

Amy Kubal presents Paleofication: Just Because The Label Says Paleo Doesn’t Mean It's Healthy... posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "I haven't ranted in quite a while - so, let's talk about that Paleo bread, cookie, granola... This is a good one, folks. Brace yourselves!!"

Clare Gravolet presents Top 10 Most Popular Recipes on Happy-Eater.Com posted at Happy Eater, saying, "My blog is about eight months old now, and over the past few months some of my readers' favorite recipes have started emerging! This post includes readers' favorite Paleo/Primal recipes! (My personal favorite are the spiced cinnamon maple pecans!)."

Louise Hendon presents Paleo Curried Chicken Salad Recipe posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Delicious chicken curry salad recipe - easy to make and super tasty!"

Louise Hendon presents 20 Perfect Paleo Keto Recipes posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "This list of Paleo keto recipes will help you stick to a ketogenic diet more easily!"
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, February 28, 2015

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, 1 March 2015: Q&A on Character, Revenge Porn, Atheism, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 1 March 2015.
  • Question 1: The Nature of Character: What is the nature of character? What is meant by a person's "character"? Is that broader than moral character? What is the relationship between character, personality, and sense of life?
  • Question 2: Revenge Porn: Should revenge porn be illegal? Apparently, it is increasingly common after a break-up for a person to share sexual pictures or videos of his/her former lover that were taken while in the relationship. Some people think that sharing sexual images intended to be kept private should be illegal, while others argue that such "revenge porn" is protected speech. Which view is right? Should the consent of all parties be required for the posting of sexual imagery?
  • Question 3: Coming Out as an Atheist: How can I avoid coming out as an atheist to my boyfriend's parents? I'm gay and my boyfriend recently came out to his parents. They are older and pretty religious, but they are doing their best to be accepting to our relationship. However, my boyfriend says that they believe that I am changing him for the worse in that he has not been as communicative and open with them because he didn't come out to them sooner and has not been sharing the progression of our relationship with them. (The whole concept of being in the closet seems completely alien to them.) But they do know our relationship is serious, so they have invited us to spend the holidays with them in order to get to know me better. My boyfriend says that they will insist that we attend church with them and has asked that I not tell them that I'm atheist right away. I've explained to him that I am not going to lie about anything, but I am not sure how to remain true to my convictions without making things more difficult for my boyfriend and upsetting his parents. What are your suggestions for making the Christmas holidays pleasant while maintaining my integrity?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 1 March 2015. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Sunday morning, 8 March 2015: Q&A on Fraud, Honesty, Business Schemes, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 8 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Fraud and Deception: Does fraud require deliberate deception? Some libertarians, most notably Walter Block, have tried to argue that fraud does not require deliberate deception. For example, argues Block, if I tried to sell you a square circle, and I believed that square circles existed, and so did you, and you agreed to the transaction, then, since square circles do not actually exist, this would still count as fraud, even though no deliberate deception has taken place. Block has used this argument to indict fractional reserve banking, by arguing that it still counts as fraud even though all parties are knowingly consenting. Is he talking rationalist nonsense?
  • Question 2: People Unworthy of the Truth: Are some people unworthy of the truth? "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it", said Mark Twain in his Notebook (1902). Is that true? Does that justify lying – or merely withholding information?
  • Question 3: Deception in a Business Partner: How can I decide whether a business associate has crossed the line? I am part of a very specialized marketing co-op group. Businesses provide samples to the marketer, who then sells them at his own profit, to the tune of thousands of dollars a month. The marketer also does many web promotions and a monthly set of videos to promote the makers of these samples. This business has worked well in sending customers my way in the past. However, a few months ago, the marketer threatened to call the whole thing off for a month, claiming there were not enough samples to sell. So all the businesses rallied and sent in more. Two weeks later the marketer posted publicly that his spouse's hours had been cut the month before, and he was strapped for cash. This apparent dishonesty turned me off from using the service for many months. When I finally sent in samples again, I found that the same thing is still happening: the marketer is threatening to call off the promotion for the month if more samples are not sent in. Does this kind of behavior warrant dropping this business tool from my arsenal? Or am I just reacting emotionally?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 8 March 2015. 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.

22 February 2015: Q&A on Forcing People to Govern, Herd Immunity, and Interruptions at Work

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

Could unwilling people be compelled to govern? Do parents have a moral duty to vaccinate their children to improve 'herd immunity'? How can I minimize interruptions at work?

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

1 March 2015: Q&A on Character, Revenge Porn, Atheism, and More

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

What is the nature of character? Should revenge porn be illegal? How can I avoid coming out as an atheist to my boyfriend's parents?

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!

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, February 27, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #250

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 How to Eat Healthy by Identifying Your Personal “ANTI” Foods posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "ANTI foods can thwart even the most vigilant attempts at clean and healthy eating. Find out that these foods are and how they are sabotaging your goals."

Blair presents BFB (Better Fat Burner) Fitness posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "Quit counterproductive exercising to become a better fat burner. Get fit without burning out--adopt a sustainable approach to fitness."

Eileen presents He Won't Know It's Paleo Cookbook Review posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "By the cookbook's title, you wouldn't guess this is an AIP cookbook, but Bre'anna has celiac and Hashimoto's disease, and finds the paleo autoimmune protocol keeps her feeling her best. When she first decided to switch to paleo (and eventually the AIP), she wasn't sure her husband would appreciate the change in menu. So, she set herself the goal of creating recipes so familiar and delicious, that he wouldn't know they were paleo. Her specialty is AIP comfort food, like queso dip, tortillas, blackberry cobbler, lasagna, 'cornbread" muffins, and more. Miraculously, she's removed the inflammatory ingredients and made these recipes health-supporting instead. Today, I share all the details about her new cookbook, including a sample recipe for Asian Lettuce Wraps."

Sabine presents Skinless Turkey Sausages and Rutabaga Fries posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "This recipe is excellent for people with a busy lifestyle, since the fries will be baked in the oven and the sausages can be made quickly or even beforehand to save time."

Vanessa presents When it seems diet alone is not working, it’s probably not posted at Fitbynature, saying, "When did we come to need to read the fine print on the nutritional analysis on the back of foods to understand ingredient lists: when did food stop being food and start being products, and when did we all start needing degrees in biochemistry to understand all that?"

Vanessa presents Blanket statement diets aren’t the best solution: so what is? posted at Fitbynature, saying, "We need to take responsibility for our food choices and in doing so our health. We’re all as different on the inside as out. When it seems diet alone is not working, it’s probably not. But listening to your body sounds like a lot of work. And it is. It actually changes all the time too. Luckily there are principles (not formulas) we can all look to in order to start from:."

Jeah Kessha presents Integrated Office Fitness 101: The Footloose Method™ posted at Footloose and Chairfree, saying, "In the new movement paradigm, you are always moving or resting. The floor introduces ways of loading the body otherwise not possible. Civilization has shunned the floor and the ground as 'savage" but Paleo has pointed out, we need it. As far as the body, "use it or loose it"."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #180: Overcoming Candida with Christa Orecchio posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "Learn all about Candida - the symptoms, what to do about it and more!"
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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