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!

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

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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

Read more...

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.

Read more...

Saturday, February 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.

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

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 22 February 2015.
  • Question 1: Forcing People to Govern: Could unwilling people be compelled to govern? Imagine a situation in which no-one – not a single person – wants to work for the government. This would create a state of anarchy by default because government requires people to govern. Since the existence of a government is necessary for the protection of individual rights via the subordination of society to objective moral law, would compelling some people to govern be necessary and proper?
  • Question 2: Vaccinating for Herd Immunity: Do parents have a moral duty to vaccinate their children to improve "herd immunity"? My doctor is currently making the case for my son (age 12) getting the Gardasil/HPV vaccination, arguing that even though HPV won't really harm him, he could become a carrier and spread HPV to women he has sex with at some time in the future, and thereby harm them. I don't think he has a duty to become one of the "immunized herd" (referring to the idea of "herd immunity" regarding vaccines) and therefore I am not inclined to have him vaccinated against HPV. Should he choose to do so at a later time, he is free to make that decision. Does my son – or do I as a parent – have an obligation to vaccinate purely to promote "herd immunity"? If not in this case, where there is a clear issue of undergoing the vaccination primarily for the sake of risk to others, then what about in other cases of vaccines? Does a person have an obligation to society in general to become part of the immunized herd, even if taking a vaccination is probably at low risk to that person's health?
  • Question 3: Minimizing Interruptions at Work: How can I minimize interruptions at work? I'm a programmer, and I need long stretches of quiet time in order to be productive. Unfortunately, my work has an open floor plan, and people tend to pop by my desk if they have a question. I hate those interruptions, but I don't know how to discourage them without being snippy or unfriendly. Plus, sometimes my co-workers have good reason to interrupt me with a question or news. So how can I eliminate the unimportant interruptions?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 22 February 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.

15 February 2015: Q&A on Resilience, Nuisances, Sharing Activities, and More

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

Does developing resilience require enduring hardship? How should nuisance limits be set for new technology? Should spouses always share activities?

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

Read more...

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #249

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:
Sophie presents Aip / Provençal Roast Chicken With Olive Tapenade – French Paleo Recipe posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "This Provençal roast chicken with olive tapenade will bring a little taste of France to your table! One of the reasons I like Provençal cuisine so much is because it is really simple, healthy, and so flavorful. With just a few herbs, some garlic, and olives, you can totally transform an ordinary chicken dish into something truly special."

Vanessa presents You’re more than what you eat: you're what you eat eats posted at Fitbynature, saying, "I have quite literally eaten my way to good health! I changed my diet by quitting all processed foods, all grains, sugar and I try to manage his other cousin, namely stress, daily. Why? Because of my health problems. But also because food isn’t just food anymore."

Vanessa presents Simple strategies to make healing meals fast posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Strange to think what you eat could heal or harm you. We've come to rely on doctors with flu shots and vaccines to prevent illness; drugs like aspirin for pain relief, antibiotics for internal infections; and packages of food of promises like folate enriched, vitamin D fortified, calcium rich. But could food do this for us though? Could you be in charge of your own health?"

Eileen presents Episode 12: Circadian Rhythms with Paul Jaminet posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Circadian Rhythms: our internal body clock that does so much more than keep time. Balanced rhythms promote autoimmune healing, whereas wonky rhythms are a huge obstacle, throwing off our sleep, hormones, and so much more. I'm joined by Dr. Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, to teach us how to harness these rhythms for optimal health. We also talk about his dietary protocol in detail, why he recommends eating white rice, and how infections relate to autoimmunity. It's a great interview!"

Sabine presents A Week of Bulletproof Coffee posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Bulletproof Coffee has taken the world by storm, but what is it really like to start your day with this butter infused coffee creation? Let's do a week of it and find out!"

Sophie presents Aip / Paleo Organ Meats And Offal Recipe Round-Up – Liver Pâtés, Meatballs, Burgers And More! posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "You know it is good for you but you are not sure where to start? That is pretty much how everyone feels about organ meats and offal!"

Jeah Kessha presents How to Break Free from the Sit Down, Don't Move Culture posted at Footloose and Chairfree, saying, "You take what you have already learned in yoga, cross-fit training, pilates, etc. and start applying this knowledge in places that before were literally unreachable. You can take your yoga practice to work with you–they call it ‘off the mat’. I call it the Integrated Office Workout.."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #179: Hayley and Bill Staley, Authors of Make It Paleo II posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "This week on the podcast is Hayley and Bill Staley, authors of Make it Paleo 2."
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.

Read more...

Saturday, February 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 February 2015: Q&A on Resilience, Nuisances, Sharing Activities, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 15 February 2015.
  • Question 1: Developing Resilience: Does developing resilience require enduring hardship? Many people assume that having faced great hardship is a necessary part of having resiliency – meaning: the ability to withstand great challenges in the future. These people think that if you have faced less-than-average hardship in your youth, that makes you soft, spoiled, pampered, and weak, and therefore ill-equipped to face challenges throughout your adulthood. As an extreme (but, sadly, real) example, I have a relative who insists to me, "All of the men I have met who attended private school are weak and naive. In their private schools, they were able to leave their belongings unattended without fear of their belongings being stolen. That's not the real world! By contrast, the public school we attended is the school of hard knocks that shows you the Real World. We remember, all too well, that when anyone left possessions unattended, the norm was for the possession to be stolen. That's Real Life. That builds character and gave me a thicker skin. That's why, when I have children, I will send them to public school to toughen them up. I refuse to raise privileged weaklings." I seethe and feel tempted to respond, "What if you got really drunk and beat up your children? Following the logic of your assumptions, wouldn't that toughen them up even further?" Why are these assumptions about hardship so prevalent? How can a person develop great discipline, stamina, and fortitude absent hardship and cruelty? What can be done to combat the idea that hardship in youth is necessary for strength and resilience as an adult?
  • Question 2: Nuisance Limits for New Technology: How should nuisance limits be set for new technology? Often new technologies initially involve negative side effects, and sometimes those side effects impact even those who didn't choose to use the new technology. Here's an example: supersonic flight. Supersonic aircraft are generally noisier than slower aircraft – they lay down a sonic boom when they fly over. In the US, supersonic travel has been banned outright since the 1960s due to concerns about boom noise. There's technology to help quiet the aircraft, but no one knows how much "quiet" (and political muscle) it will take to reverse this ban – and as a result we're still trundling around at 1960s speeds. But this is only one example. Many other technologies (such as fossil fuels) initially have some physical impact even on those who choose not to adopt, until they advance sufficiently that the impact is immaterial. In a free society, how should these technologies be allowed to develop? What restrictions should be placed, and how? How does one objectively determine, for instance, how much noise pollution from aircraft or smoke from a train constitutes a rights violation?
  • Question 3: Spouses Sharing Activities: Should spouses always share activities? A friend of mine is loathe to pursue any hobbies or interests that her husband doesn't share. He's not controlling: he's the same way. Although I know that they want to spend time together, that seems really limiting to me. Is that a reasonable policy in a marriage – or does it lead to self-sacrifice and mutual resentment?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 15 February 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 February 2015: Q&A on Egoism and Altruism, Changing Jobs, Boycotts, and More

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

Are egoism and altruism mutually exclusive? Is it immoral or unwise to accept a better job soon after starting a different one? It is moral to advocate for the boycott of a business?

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

Read more...

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #248

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:
ute presents Let's talk about poop posted at Real Food 4 Me, saying, "Uncomfortable talking about poop, but got some stinky questions anyway? I talk about the 7 types of poop and discuss what may be wrong with yours. ;)."

Eileen Laird presents 4 Flavors of Cauliflower "Rice" posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "One of the benefits of developing new recipes for the blog is that it shakes me out of my food ruts. I tend to just broil or sauté cauliflower, and if I make cauli-rice, it's usually plain as a base for something more interesting, like curry. There's nothing wrong with that, but it can get a little boring. No longer! I figured your standards might be a little bit higher, so I spent the past two months trying out different flavor combinations, and today I offer my 4 favorites: Plain, Scallion, Asian Ginger, and Cinnamon Spiced Raisin. Added bonus: Cauliflower 'rice" cooks in 6 minutes and is far more nutritious than the rice it replaces. It's full of vitamins and antioxidants, it's sulfur-rich which supports our ability to detoxify, it's anti-inflammatory, and it's beneficial for our gut. On top of that, it's positively delicious!"

Vanessa presents Our bodies are innately wired to know what to eat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Innate intelligence is a chiropractic term which means that, by way of the nervous system, our body can heal from within itself. It’s the force in living things responsible for the organization, maintenance and healing of the body. In a nutritional sense, it means that our body knows how to heal as long as we give it the right nutrition, the right biochemical choices. While an aligned spine will have a lot of effects on the functioning of our body too in regards to nutrition, a healthy gut from tongue to tip will have the same effects."

Vanessa presents Live healthy from the inside out posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? The best news is, and I feel I’ve first hand experience, that we can be our own healthcare givers. We need to move away from the programming we have where we seem to believe that everyone except us knows what is good for us. Through all that has happened, and my health transformation to now that I am 6 months pregnant, I am literally living healthy from the inside. And I attribute my own health transformation to both fitness and food."

Meghanne Reburn RM presents Probiotics in your Paleo Pregnancy posted at Modern Paleo Midwife, saying, "This week Meg, the Midwife follows up her Balanced Bites fertility tip with a review of a great new supplement Pro-Mom's. She also chats a bit about why probiotics are a great addition to your supplement regime during pregnancy. It's so much more than having a healthy belly!"

Sabine presents Celeriac Fries posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Don't be fooled by it's ugly exterior: the celeriac is a very versatile, low calorie vegetable that is also high in vitamin C. It's also about 40% lower in calories than regular potatoes."

Sabine presents Non-Dairy Cheese posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Missing cheese in your life? Check how you can transform cashews into a creamy cheese!"

Louise Hendon presents List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "The Paleo autoimmune protocol avoids all nightshades, so here's a comprehensive list of nightshades so you know what to avoid. And if you don't know about the autoimmune protocol, then this article also explains why you might want to stop eating nightshades."

Louise Hendon presents Grilled Cumin Crusted Lamb Chops Recipe posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "This recipe is the most delicious way of cooking lamb chops I've ever found! So tender and flavorful."

Steve Kirsch presents Once you clean things up, it's pretty f*%^ing simple posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Low carb, high carb, whatever.... Listen to your body; it knows what it wants, and that may vary day to day."

Sophie presents AIP / PALEO FRUIT TERRINE WITH BERRIES – NO BAKE VALENTINE DESSERT posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "This colorful and healthy no-bake fruit terrine is my go-to “cake” for birthdays, celebrations, and tea time parties! I absolutely love preparing paleo desserts with fresh fruits."

Blair presents Better Fat Burner (BFB) Approved posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "One of the best ways to address health issues is to become a better fat burner. The end results include hormone stabilization, increased energy, decreased chronic disease risk; and, in many cases, a transformed physique!"

Paul Jaminet presents Neu5Gc and Autoimmunity: Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "It appears that mammalian meats (beef, lamb, pork) may play a causal role in Hashimoto's hypothyroidism. Replacing these with bird, fish, and shellfish may be a good therapy."

Jeah Kessha presents 100 Primitive Positions: tips and tricks for the Paleo Office posted at Footloose and Chairfree, saying, "This short video shows you how to tweak your own office space to squeeze every ounce of juice out of each minute so you are stretching, toning, stimulating metabolism and supercharging your creativity. As hunter/gathers, going barefoot and eating lots of butter aren't enough. We need to MOVE all day not sit or stand."
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.

Read more...

Saturday, February 07, 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 February 2015: Q&A on Egoism and Altruism, Changing Jobs, Boycotts, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 8 February 2015.
  • Question 1: Egoism and Altruism: Are egoism and altruism mutually exclusive? Most people have a common-sense view of ethics. They think that a person should spend lots of time pursuing his own goals and happiness. They also think that a person should sometimes set aside such pursuits to help others. Basically, on this view, a person can be an egoist and an altruist, and that he should be a little of both. Yet I've heard that egoism and altruism are two wholly incompatible moral theories too. So what's right or wrong about the common-sense view?
  • Question 2: Changing Jobs Quickly: Is it immoral or unwise to accept a better job soon after starting a different one? I am ready to change jobs. I could probably move to another role within my company pretty quickly and easily and continue to move my career forward, but I could make more money and get better experience outside of my company. Outside job hunts can be lengthy and full of disappointments and all the while I would have to work at a job that is, frankly, killing my soul. I think it's pretty clear that – if I accept a new job in my company and immediately turn around and give notice to go somewhere else – I run a high risk of burning bridges with key contacts at my current company. But would it be unethical in some way to do that? When you accept a job are you making a tacit promise to work there for some period of time? If so, what's the minimum amount of time?
  • Question 3: The Morality of Boycotts: It is moral to advocate for the boycott of a business? Over the holidays, my brother and I discussed cases in which businesses are compelled by government to provide services against their will. For example, the Colorado courts demanded that a bakery make cakes for gay couples or face fines. We agreed that the business should be left free to operate as they see fit, absent violating anyone's actual rights, and reap the rewards or penalties from their choice. Where we diverged was on the moral status of the business owner and whether the bakery deserved to be boycotted. In my view, the decision of the owner of the Colorado bakery was immoral: they were being irrational, discriminating by non-essentials. My brother disagreed. Moreover, my brother opposed any advocacy of a boycott, seeing this as a call for force to be applied against the owner. This would be wrong, in his view, but he would be fine with suggesting that people patronize a different store. Ultimately, I found that I could not adequately explain why I think people might actively and openly oppose wrong acts by businesses, even if those acts don't violate rights. So what justifies such boycotts, if anything?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 8 February 2015. 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!

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

Read more...

Back to TOP