Saturday, June 29, 2013

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 Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday Morning, 30 June 2013: Q&A on Aristotle, Corrupt Siblings, Studying Philosophy, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 30 June 2013.
  • Question 1: Aristotle on the Final End: Is Aristotle's argument for flourishing as the final end valid? In the "Nicomachean Ethics," Aristotle argues that flourishing (or happiness) is the proper final end. What is that argument? Does it have merit? How does it differ from Ayn Rand's argument for life as the standard of value?
  • Question 2: Dealing with a Morally Corrupt Sibling: How should I respond to my morally corrupt sister? My 20 year old sister is morally destitute. She is an unapologetic shoplifter. Her justifications amount to things like: "My shoplifting is not an addiction because I can stop anytime I want to," "everyone does it," "companies account for shoplifters in their business plans so they mark prices higher to compensate for it," "I'd never steal from a friend," "I need to steal while I look young and can get away with it because no one suspects me," etc. Over the years she has stolen hundreds if not thousands of dollars from our parents, too. She lies and cheats frequently. She's accepted money in return for writing a paper for a friend. She knows what she does is "wrong," and she maintains that such is better than not knowing, at least. (That makes no sense, I know.) I also just found out that she's selling marijuana because, as she says, she needs a way to support her expensive taste in clothes and makeup. She has no integrity or moral conscience. She doesn't care about my horror at her behavior. She does not respond to reason. Part of me wants to help her by trying to talk sense into her. I care about her, and I want her to be a healthy person and not have a miserable life. Another part of me wants to forget her and let her ruin herself. Yet I don't want to stand by and watch that happen, and I also know that there's only so much I can do to really help her. What is the rational thing to do?
  • Question 3: Studying Philosophy: Is studying philosophy in academia a waste? I have a strong interest in Objectivism, and I'd like to learn more about philosophy. However, my experience taking philosophy classes has been horrible. I'd like a class in which (1) I can trust the professor's objectivity enough to enjoy a lecture, (2) I can agree with the professor's analysis of a particular topic, and/or (3) the class and material is taught in an integrated, logical fashion. I've not found any of that. When I've mentioned my interest in Ayn Rand, I've gotten comments like "Well, I think she's someone to be outgrown." Do you know of any schools with good philosophy departments? How should I approach studying philosophy in academia? How could I make the best of what's offered?
  • Question 4: The Legality of DDoS Attacks: Should "Distributed Denial of Service" (a.k.a. DDoS) attacks be illegal? DDoS computer attacks are illegal in the United Kingdom. Are such attacks analogous to convincing people to send many letters to an organization or to calling on the phone repeatedly, thereby crippling its infrastructure? Or are they more like trespassing on property? How should the law deal with them?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 30 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Tuesday Morning, 2 July 2013: Fran Santagata on "Preparing for Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters"

I'll interview Community Preparedness Program Manager Fran Santagata about "Preparing for Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Tuesday Morning, 2 July 2013.

Colorado is experiencing yet another very destructive – even deadly – fire season. What can people do to prepare for that? How can they mitigate the risk to their property? How can they make sure that people and animals are evacuated safely?

Fran Santagata currently serves as the Community Preparedness Program Manager for the Office of Preparedness for Homeland Security & Emergency Management for the state of Colorado. She responsible for all aspects of community preparedness for the state. Prior to her current position, Santagata served as the Director of Emergency Management for Douglas County, Colorado.

Take note of the unusual day and time! Ms. Santagata's schedule would not permit her to appear in the usual time slot. But I learned so much from her when she spoke to our neighborhood that I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to interview her while Colorado is in the midst of such an awful fire season.

The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Tuesday morning, 2 July 2013. 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 archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

23 June 2013: Q&A on Self-Control, Lying for Surprise, Teen Parents, and More

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

Should a person cultivate his powers of self-control? Is it ever okay to tell a lie as part of a happy surprise for someone else? What's the rationale for declaring some physically mature people too young to have children?

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, June 28, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #168

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 I Think You Should be Kind and Gracious to Everybody, and I’ll Kill You if You Disagree posted at Ruth's Real Food, saying, "Have vegans just proven conclusively that their diet isn't a good long-term diet for human?"

Kris Gunnars presents 5 Most Common Low-Carb Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "To get optimal results on a low-carb diet, just cutting back on carbs isn't enough. There are other aspects of the diet that are also important."

Patrick Clark presents EcoBackrest™ The Paleo Chair posted at Paleo All the Way, saying, "Floor Lounge Chair that revolutionizes lifestyle and design possibilities saving your back and making floor living more comfortable than standard furniture."

Neely Quinn presents The One Food You Just Can't Give Up May Be What's Messing You Up The Most posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "A lot of us – deep down – actually KNOW what’s causing our own symptoms; we’re just not willing to admit it to ourselves. So instead, we write cryptic messages to random bloggers online to see if they can see through our own bullsh#t for us."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Wild Mushroom Sauté, A Fresh, Light Vegan Side posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe is Vegan, light, flavorful and delicious! Try it with our Signature Burger or Salmon!"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Some paleo humor posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "I loved this when I saw it and had to share it with you. Sometimes, when people are silly about the paleo diet, only a gif can express what you're feeling inside."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents A warning about mesquite flour posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Mesquite flour is not all it's cracked up to be. Find out why."

Laura P presents Rosemary Dijon Chicken Liver Pate posted at Rising Moon Food, saying, "Rich and creamy chicken liver pate, seasoned with fresh rosemary, dijon mustard and caramelized shallots... a wonderful way to get nutrient-dense liver into your diet!"

Eileen Laird presents 20 Egg-Free Breakfasts and Desserts posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "For people on the autoimmune protocol, living without eggs is a challenge. This roundup of recipes has them covered! They're also great for anyone in the paleo community wanting some variety in their menu."

Eileen Laird presents Katy's Success Story posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Katy healed inflammatory arthritis and Crohn's disease through a personalized paleo diet. She shares the details of her story in this interview."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Monday Motivation: If you don’t like it, change it. posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "Diane is sharing another one of her Monday Motivation posts this week! Diane asks 'Is there something going on in your life that you wish could be different?" and goes onto say "Today – what we do today – is what will affect the future most, not thinking or worrying about the future."."

Nell Stephenson presents Another Protein You May Not Have Considered posted at Paleoista, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about a new discovery she learned about – plain fish protein powder from Amino Marine, which is great for those 'in a pinch' times. Their plain version is Paleo friendly!"
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.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Free Speech Victory: Court Reinstates Caveman Blogger's First Amendment Challenge

By Diana Hsieh

Wow, check out this fabulous news from The Institute for Justice... Free Speech Victory: Court Reinstates Caveman Blogger's First Amendment Challenge:

Arlington, Va.--This morning, in a big win for free speech, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that diabetic blogger Steve Cooksey's First Amendment lawsuit against the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition may go forward.

Cooksey ran a Dear Abby-style advice column on his blog in which he gave one-on-one advice about how to follow the low carbohydrate "paleo" diet. The Board deemed Cooksey's advice the unlicensed practice of nutritional counseling, sent him a 19-page print-up of his website indicating in red pen what he was and was not allowed to say, and threatened him with legal action if he did not comply.

The decision reverses a previous ruling by a federal district judge that had dismissed Cooksey's case, reasoning that advice is not protected speech and hence Cooksey had suffered no injury to his First Amendment rights.

"This decision will help ensure that the courthouse doors remain open to speakers whose rights are threatened by overreaching government" said Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Jeff Rowes. "In America, citizens don't have to wait until they are fined or thrown in jail before they are allowed to challenge government action that chills their speech."

CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECISION

The three-judge appellate panel, which included retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, held that it had "no trouble deciding that Cooksey's speech was sufficiently chilled by the actions of the State Board to show a First Amendment injury-in-fact."

The appellate panel also dismissed the Board's argument that its 19-page red-pen review of Cooksey's did not chill his speech, noting that the "red-pen mark-up of his website from the State Board Complaint Committee . . . surely triggered the same trepidation we have all experienced upon receiving such markings on a high school term paper."

The case, which has received significant national media attention, will now be sent back to the district court. Click here for George Will's syndicated column on the lawsuit.

Steve Cooksey said, "I give people simple advice on what food to buy at the grocery store. I have believed all along that my advice is protected by the First Amendment, and I am looking forward to proving that the censorship of my speech is unconstitutional."

IJ Attorney Paul Sherman said, "Steve's case raises one of the most important unanswered questions in First Amendment law: Can occupational-licensing laws trump free speech? Today's ruling means that we are finally going to get an answer to that question."

[WATCH BRIEF VIDEO CLIP ON LAWSUIT]

For more on the lawsuit, visit www.ij.org/PaleoSpeech. Founded in 1991, the Virginia-based Institute for Justice is a national public interest law firm that fights for free speech and economic liberty nationwide.

It's cases like this one that make me so pleased and proud to donate to IJ's free speech division. Congratulations, Steve!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

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 Sunday mornings and Wednesday 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, 23 June 2013: Q&A on Self-Control, Lying for Surprise, Corrupt Siblings, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 23 June 2013.
  • Question 1: Cultivating Powers of Self-Control: Should a person cultivate his powers of self-control? What is self-control? Is strong capacity for self-control of value? Does self-control have a downside or limits? How can a person develop more self-control?
  • Question 2: Lying for the Sake of a Happy Surprise: Is it ever okay to tell a lie as part of a happy surprise for someone else? This question is from Ryan (age 11) and Morgan (age 8). We bought birthday presents for our brother Sean, and we had to sneak them into the house. We didn't want Sean to know what we were doing. At first, we thought we should make up a story about why we were going back and forth to the car. Morgan thought she should tell Sean she was going outside to swing. But then we talked about how that would be a lie and she decided to go out and actually swing before bringing her present inside, that way there was no lying involved. Should we have told the lie to Sean? Is it okay to tell a lie as part of doing something nice for someone?
  • Question 3: People Too Young to Raise Children: What's the rationale for declaring some physically mature people too young to have children? Given that nature has dictated that both male and female humans can procreate in their early teens and given that morality is deduced from reality, why would sex and procreation at that young age be immoral? Isn't that what nature intended? More generally, is there a rational basis for moral judgments about the proper age of procreation? Or is it purely subjective?
  • Question 4: Dealing with a Morally Corrupt Sibling: How should I respond to my morally corrupt sister? My 20 year old sister is morally destitute. She is an unapologetic shoplifter. Her justifications amount to things like: "My shoplifting is not an addiction because I can stop anytime I want to," "everyone does it," "companies account for shoplifters in their business plans so they mark prices higher to compensate for it," "I'd never steal from a friend," "I need to steal while I look young and can get away with it because no one suspects me," etc. Over the years she has stolen hundreds if not thousands of dollars from our parents, too. She lies and cheats frequently. She's accepted money in return for writing a paper for a friend. She knows what she does is "wrong," and she maintains that such is better than not knowing, at least. (That makes no sense, I know.) I also just found out that she's selling marijuana because, as she says, she needs a way to support her expensive taste in clothes and makeup. She has no integrity or moral conscience. She doesn't care about my horror at her behavior. She does not respond to reason. Part of me wants to help her by trying to talk sense into her. I care about her, and I want her to be a healthy person and not have a miserable life. Another part of me wants to forget her and let her ruin herself. Yet I don't want to stand by and watch that happen, and I also know that there's only so much I can do to really help her. What is the rational thing to do?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 23 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Note: Philosophy in Action Radio will not broadcast on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.


Recent Podcasts


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

16 June 2013: Q&A on Ethical Foundations, Broken Relationships, Sex Scandals, and More

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

What does it mean to say that life is the standard of value? When is a relationship broken beyond repair? Is an armed society a polite society – or a violent society? Should we stop caring about the sex lives of politicians?

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

19 June 2013: Dr. Monica Hughes on "Myths about Evolutionary Theory"

I interviewed biologist Dr. Monica Hughes about "Myths about Evolutionary Theory" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"Many Americans are woefully ignorant of the basics of evolutionary theory, even while they criticize or reject it. Biologist Monica Hughes explained the basics of evolutionary theory, including some fascinating examples of evolution in action. Then she discussed and dispelled some common myths about it." Monica Hughes received her master's and PhD degrees in mycology and forest pathology at SUNY-ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental and Forest Biology). Broadly trained in aspects of plant and fungal biology, Monica's research is focused on an obscure but diverse group of insect-associated fungi, particularly co-evolution of the fungi with their hosts, and description of new species: her research uncovered roughly 50 new species of fungi from New Zealand, including several new genera. Since obtaining her PhD in 2008, Monica has worked as a biology professor in the Community College system of Colorado and at Regis University in Denver.

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, June 21, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #167

By Diana Hsieh

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

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

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

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

Here is this week's edition:
Kris presents 4 “Dangerous” Foods That Are Actually Good For You posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "A list of 4 foods that have been demonized in the past due to their fat content, but have now been proven to be highly nutritious and perfectly healthy."

Amy Kubal presents Adventures In Digestive Distress – (Also Known As Dining Out…) posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Do play 'Restaurant Roulette' and lose more often than you win? Checkout how you can minimize your risk of taking a bullet to the gut."

Paul Jaminet presents Toward a Proof of the PHD posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "We have news – the launch of a new venture – coming soon, and it is very exciting because it might give us the opportunity to prove that an ancestral diet and lifestyle along the lines of Perfect Health Diet is the best path to health. Check out this post, and watch for more news coming soon!"

Hadass Eviatar presents In Praise of the Humble Kettlebell posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "One of the tenets of a primal life is avoiding chronic cardio and being efficient with exercise. I love doing kettlebells, and here is why."

Nell Stepheson presents Food First, Pills Later posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson shares her views on a food-based approach to healing, rather than a pill-based one."

Neely Quinn presents 6 Reasons I'm Thankful for My Paleo Husband posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "It's my 1-year anniversary! This post is a dedication to my husband, whose eating choices make my life - and our life together - that much more enjoyable."

The Cavegirls presents Watermelon Berry Paradise Smoothie posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "looking for a yummy, refreshing drink for those warm summer days? One of our cavekids put together this delectable watermelon berry smoothie that will cool you while putting a smile on your face."

The Cavegirls presents Paleo Camping Menu posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "Planning a camping trip this summer or just planning to use your backyard fire pit? Here's a menu of outdoor cooking techniques along with recipes for yummy paleo food cooked over a fire, in a box oven, in a Dutch oven and over a camping stove. Now there's no reason to eat non-paleo food while in the great outdoors."

Rebekah Reddy presents Lucky Dog Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce--Review and Giveaway! posted at Half Indian Cook, saying, "In this post I review my new favorite hot sauce. If you're looking for a fresh-tasting way to spice up your food, this is the place to look! I'm also giving away a trio of these delicious sauces."

Laura P presents Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with "No Peanut" Sauce posted at Rising Moon Food, saying, "Wild caught Oregon coast marinated in a tasty Thai sauce, wrapped up in fresh lettuce leaves with carrots and cilantro, with a sunflower-seed based Thai 'no peanut" sauce for dipping...salty, sweet, spicy and so good!"

J. Stanton presents More Peer-Reviewed Evidence That There Is No Such Thing As A “Calorie” To Your Body (Part III) posted at GNOLLS.ORG, saying, "Yet more controlled studies which prove that a calorie is not a calorie to your body!"

Steve, the Paleo Drummer presents The Goal of Meditation is Not Merely Relaxation posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Meditation is very relaxing, but that's not actually the point of it. Lots of things are relaxing, but they missing one critical aspect of meditation: emptying your mind, in the present."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Reasons why you're tanking on your 30 day challenge posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "If you are mid-way through a 30 day challenge and not doing as well as you'd hoped, perhaps you are experiencing issues caused by one, or more, of the reasons I list in this post."

Melissa Joulwan presents Muffaletta Salad posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Awesome summer salad made from the best part of a muffaletta sandwich – who needs cheese and bread?!"

Suz presents The top ten paleo foods posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "Do you agree with my top ten paleo foods?"

Kevin Geary presents Advice on Overcoming Failure From Jason Mraz posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "One of the reasons people are so afraid of failure with regards to losing weight, getting healthier, or improving their performance is because they tend to misidentify it. Let me give you some examples, and then we’ll get to the Jason Mraz part..."

Rebekah Reddy presents FAQ: Skincare and the 21DSD posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "Many people experience skincare issues on the detox. In this post, we explore some things to try if you are having some problems with your skin on the 21DSD."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Easy Recipe: Fresh Blueberry Crumble posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "When you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert, baking fruit with a nutty topping is probably the easiest thing you can do."
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.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

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 Sunday mornings and Wednesday 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, 16 June 2013: Q&A on Ethical Foundations, Broken Relationships, Sex Scandals, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 16 June 2013.
  • Question 1: Life Versus Survival as the Standard of Moral Value: Is mere survival the standard of moral value? In "The Objectivist Ethics," Ayn Rand says that man's life is the standard of value. What does that mean? Is it mere physical survival? Is it mere quantity of years – or does the quality of those years matter too? Basically, what is the difference between living and not dying?
  • Question 2: Broken Relationships: When is a relationship broken beyond repair? Relationships can be severely strained, fraught with anger and frustration, and perhaps put on ice for weeks or months or years. Yet in the end, the two people can often reconcile in some way, so that they can enjoy a genuine (even if not deep) relationship again. In some cases, however, that's not possible. Why not? In such cases, must the problem be that one person (or both people) continue to behave badly? Or might reconciliation be impossible between two good people? If so, why?
  • Question 3: Armed Society: Is an armed society a polite society – or a violent society? Author Robert Heinlein famously said that "An armed society is a polite society." Many liberals, however, fear an armed society as barbaric and violent. Is widespread ownership and/or carry of arms a positive or a negative feature of a society?
  • Question 4: The Sex Scandals of Politicians: Should we stop caring about the sex lives of politicians? In response to the affair and resignation of David Petraeus, many argued that such sex scandals are the absurd consequence of American puritanism. These people claim that sex is easily compartmentalized in a person's life, such that sexual fidelity has no bearing on a person's intelligence, character, or suitability for public office. Is that right?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 16 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 19 June 2013: Monica Hughes on "Myths about Evolutionary Theory"

I'll interview biologist Monica Hughes about "Myths about Evolutionary Theory" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 19 June 2013.

Many Americans are woefully ignorant of the basics of evolutionary theory, even while they criticize or reject it. Biologist Monica Hughes will explain the basic claims of evolutionary theory, the evidence for the theory, and dispel common myths about it.

Monica Hughes received her master's and PhD degrees in mycology and forest pathology at SUNY-ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental and Forest Biology). Broadly trained in aspects of plant and fungal biology, Monica's research is focused on an obscure but diverse group of insect-associated fungi, particularly co-evolution of the fungi with their hosts, and description of new species: her research uncovered roughly 50 new species of fungi from New Zealand, including several new genera. Since obtaining her PhD in 2008, Monica has worked as a biology professor in the Community College system of Colorado and at Regis University in Denver.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. 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 archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

9 June 2013: Q&A on Libertarianism, Mental Illness, Rights, and More

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

Are Objectivism and libertarianism allies in the struggle for liberty? Can the consistent practice of wrong ideas lead to mental illness? Does a doctor violate a woman's rights by refusing to perform an abortion?

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

12 June 2013: Trey Peden on "Online Marketing and Privacy"

I interviewed online marketing professional Trey Peden about "Online Marketing and Privacy" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"What do online marketing companies know about you? How do they gather data? Should you be alarmed by that? If so, what tools can help you protect your privacy online?" Trey Peden is a seasoned online marketing professional who has been designing, building, and refining users' online brand experiences for over 15 years. He works for Acxiom Corporation – one of the largest marketing data, technology, and services vendors in the world – as a product marketer for their digital marketing suite of tools.

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, June 14, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #166

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:
Neely Quinn presents Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Figures Out Her Own Version of Paleo posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "One RA sufferer discovers some rather surprising findings about what she can and can't tolerate on the Paleo diet."

Hadass Eviatar presents The First Rhubarb of the Year posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "Spring has been very late here in Manitoba, but we finally have rhubarb, yay!"

Nell Stephenson presents Where is that Chicken From? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about an extremely important and urgent cause that buying poultry.com is trying to raise funds for- a buying guide which will tell consumers where their poultry is coming from and how to choose their source wisely."

Steve, the Paleo Drummer presents The science experiment begins, a.k.a. How I learned to stop asking, "Is this paleo?" posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "is this paleo?' Who cares? "Is this real food that is good for me?" is a better question."

Eileen Laird presents Soup for Breakfast: It Does a Body Good! posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Soup for breakfast may sound funny, but for millions of people around the world, this is traditional. And how smart they are! It is far more nurturing, nourishing, healing and satiating than any typical breakfast in the U.S. It's now my favorite way to start the day."

Eileen Laird presents Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Grocery List posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Continuing my series on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, today I have a shopping list of AIP-approved foods, to make meal planning easy."

Laura P presents Chipotle Beef and Wild Mushroom Paleo Tacos posted at Rising Moon Food, saying, "Paleo taco shells made with coconut flour, stuffed with spicy grass-fed beef and wild morel mushrooms...with all the taco fixings, of course!"

Kevin Geary presents The 10 Pound Problem posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "Have you fallen victim to the 10 pound problem? We need to pay attention to specifics so we can start diminishing hype."

Sean Coonce presents Fried Catfish with Spicy Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "Tasty recipe for fried catfish (I caught myself) with Spicy Slaw and Sweet Potato fries."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Mango Melon Fruit Salad, A Refreshing Side, Breakfast, or Snack posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This fruit salad is perfect for a sunny day at the park or beach or just for something fresh for breakfast! We like it a little spicy even!"

Rebekah Reddy presents Confetti Latkes (Sweet Potato and Carrot Pancakes) posted at Half Indian Cook, saying, "This recipe was the result of some quick thinking and improvisation, and the tasty confetti-like latkes were a hit with the whole family!"

Rebekah Reddy presents FAQs: What kind of bacon can I eat on The 21-Day Sugar Detox? posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "We get lots of questions about what kind of bacon is okay to eat on the 21-Day Sugar Detox--here are the answers!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents FAQs: Is protein powder okay on a Paleo diet? posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "My usual response to whether protein powders are okay on a Paleo diet is that they aren’t food. However, sometimes there are exceptions to even my own “rules” and some folks may be “qualified” to consume protein in a non-food/powdered form. Read this post to find out who I'm talking about and what protein powders are acceptable."

Yoga and Bacon presents Why Modernized "Paleo" isn't Working For You... posted at Yoga and Bacon, saying, "The often ignored piece of “Paleo” that is leaving you bloated, uncomfortable, and unable to lose those last couple pounds…."

The Cavegirls presents Spinach and Walnut Pesto posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "What do you think of pesto? I’ve never been much of a pesto person and hadn’t made pesto at all until yesterday. Boy, have I been missing out! I had some cilantro, spinach and garlic in my veggie box this week, and decided I’d give pesto a go. One recipe I found for making basil pesto used a mortar and pestle to crush everything together, but I don’t have a mortar and pestle, and like to use power tools for heavy duty mixing like this. So I fired up my blender to get everything mixed together well."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Why can't people think for themselves when it comes to food? posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "When it comes to food, many people let someone else do their research, and thinking, for them. I try to uncover why they leave such an important part of their health in the hands of strangers in my post."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Paleo belly dancing for fitness posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Do paleo and belly dancing go together like steak and eggs? Find out in my fitness post."

Artemis presents Playing Possum posted at Wildness and Domesticity, saying, "This newly hatched blog is about eating the way that human beings were designed to eat (tasty paleo food) while living in the modern world. Ingredients: recipes, ruminations, and rambling (and alliteration)."

Artemis presents "Lady Paleos," or "Fangirls in Polka-dots" posted at Wildness and Domesticity.
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.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
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Saturday, June 08, 2013

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 Sunday mornings and Wednesday 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, 9 June 2013: Q&A on Libertarianism, Mental Illness, Broken Relationships, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 9 June 2013.
  • Question 1: Objectivism Versus Libertarianism: Are Objectivism and libertarianism allies in the struggle for liberty? Libertarians have long claimed that Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism (or just its politics) is a form of libertarianism, but Objectivists rejected that. More recently, however, notable Objectivist John Allison assumed the presidency of the thoroughly libertarian Cato Institute with the support of the Ayn Rand Institute, and he claimed that "all objectivists are libertarians, but not all libertarians are objectivists." Is that true? What is the essence of libertarianism? When, if ever, should Objectivists ally or collaborate with libertarians?
  • Question 2: Bad Ideas as a Cause of Mental Illness: Can the consistent practice of wrong ideas lead to mental illness? Often, the most consistent practitioners of an ideology – such as Naziism or Islam – seem to become increasingly unhinged over time. Does fully embracing a fantasy-based ideology entail or encourage mental illness, such as paranoia and delusions? If so, are such people then not responsible for what they say or do?
  • Question 3: Doctors Refusing to Perform Abortions: Does a doctor violate a woman's rights by refusing to perform an abortion? Many people on the left claim that a doctor who refuses to perform an abortion – or a pharmacist who refuses to dispense Plan B – is thereby violating the rights of the woman. Those doctors and pharmacists, however, claim that they're exercising their own freedom of religion. Who is right?
  • Question 4: Broken Relationships: When is a relationship broken beyond repair? Relationships can be severely strained, fraught with anger and frustration, and perhaps put on ice for weeks or months or years. Yet in the end, the two people can often reconcile in some way, so that they can enjoy a genuine (even if not deep) relationship again. In some cases, however, that's not possible. Why not? In such cases, must the problem be that one person (or both people) continue to behave badly? Or might reconciliation be impossible between two good people? If so, why?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 9 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 12 June 2013: Trey Peden on "Privacy and Online Marketing"

I'll interview online marketing professional Trey Peden about "Privacy and Online Marketing" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 12 June 2013.

What do online marketing companies know about you? How do they gather data? Should you be alarmed by that? If so, what tools can help you protect your privacy online?

Trey Peden is a seasoned online marketing professional who has been designing, building, and refining users' online brand experiences for over 15 years. He works for Acxiom Corporation – one of the largest marketing data, technology, and services vendors in the world – as a product marketer for their digital marketing suite of tools.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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2 June 2013: Q&A on Abortion, Obama, Infidelity, Family Time, and More

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

Can abortion rights be justified based on Judith Thomson's "violinist" argument? Will Obama's second term further damage American culture and values? Should marital infidelity be illegal? Should I limit my time away from family in deference to their cultural expectations?

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


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Friday, June 07, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #165

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:
Neely Quinn presents The Great Wild Asparagus Hunt posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "A hunter gatherer's quest for wild asparagus in rural Colorado."

Nell Stephenson presents Prevalence of Pseudo Paleo posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about how many products are popping up into the mainstream that call themselves paleo that are not."

Eileen Laird presents Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo AIP posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Part 2 in my series on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, today's post guides you through the process of reintroducing foods. Learn how to do it wisely, and how to know when a food is safe to eat, or best to avoid."

Eileen Laird presents Paleo Autoimmune Protocol FAQ posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Part 3 in my series on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, today's post answers frequently asked questions and gives tips for success."

The Cavegirls presents Box Oven Pumpkin Cupcakes posted at The Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "On a recent camping trip I was charged with coming up with a recipe for paleo cupcakes made in a Box Oven. I created both a pumpkin cupcake recipe and a chocolate chip cupcake recipe that were gobbled up by kids and adults alike. (cupcakes can be made in a regular oven as well, but that's not nearly as much fun!)."

Elizabeth Leitch-Devlin presents What can we learn for breast milk? Part 1: Macronutrients posted at Mostly Meat Is What I Eat, saying, "Breast milk is low in protein and high in both fat and carbohydrates... Or is it? Here we examine how to an infant breast milk is actually high in protein and fat, and low in carbohydrates, how? Read this article to find out more."

Rebekah Reddy presents Reinventing Leftovers posted at Half Indian Cook, saying, "Tired of leftovers? Here's what I did to reinvent my leftover barbequed chicken, plus more ideas about how to make those leftovers into something new and delicious."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Tropical Cod, A Fish Entrée with Mango Red Pepper Salsa posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe for Tropical Cod is easy and refreshing! Try it with one of our fruit salsas like Mango Red Pepper or Pineapple Cilantro! Perfect for the summer!"

Kevin Geary presents How to Eat Healthy: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding "ANTI" Foods posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "ANTI' Food is a new, easy acronym you can use and share with others that guides healthy eating decisions in an effective and personal way."

Chris Hiestand presents Starting the Paleo Diet in 3.5 Easy Steps posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Spinning your wheels with the paleo diet? Want to kick-start your success? Check out this 3.5 steps to starting a paleo diet."

Rebekah Reddy presents FAQ: Pre/Post Workout Tips posted at The 21-Day Sugar Detox, saying, "In another guest post, Crystal Meadows gives some pre- and post-workout tips for athletes doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #90: Paleo Pitfalls – part 2 posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "Liz and Diane explore more Paleo Pitfalls in this week's podcast. Topics include sugar, treats, and keeping your goals in mind; overdosing on nuts; diet vs. lifestyle; and bacon."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Paleo Friendly, Nightshade Free Chicken Casserole Recipe posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "An easy and tasty one dish meal."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Doing a 30 Day Paleo Challenge? posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Some tips to help you succeed on your next paleo challenge."
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.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
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Saturday, June 01, 2013

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 Sunday mornings and Wednesday 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, 2 June 2013: Q&A on Abortion, Obama, Infidelity, Family Time, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 2 June 2013.
  • Question 1: Abortion Rights and the Violinist Argument: Can abortion rights be justified based on Judith Thomson's "violinist" argument? Even if we accept that an embryo is a person with a right to life, can't abortion rights be justified on the basis of Judith Thomson's famous "violinist" thought experiment – meaning, on the grounds that one person does not have the right to use another person for life support?
  • Question 2: Obama's Cultural Impact: Will Obama's second term further damage American culture and values? I'm not as worried about the tax hikes, foreign policy, and other concrete policies of Obama's second term as I am about the cultural change that his administration will instill in society over the next four years, just as it did over the last four years. The next generation of liberals – college age kids, that is – are little socialists who repeat the phrases like "social justice" and "fair share." Is such cultural change a genuine problem? If so, what can be done to combat it?
  • Question 3: Laws Against Marital Infidelity: Should marital infidelity be illegal? Many states, including Colorado, have laws against marital infidelity on the books. These laws are rarely if ever enforced. Politicians often attempt to repeal them, but those attempts are often unsuccessful. Many people think that the government ought to "take a moral stand" even if the law isn't enforced. Does that view have any merit? Should these laws be repealed? Why or why not?
  • Question 4: Managing Demands for Family Time: Should I limit my time away from family in deference to their cultural expectations? My family comes from a conservative Turkish background. They see the amount of independence granted me as a 19-year-old as more than enough. I see it as unsatisfactory. In fact, they feel pushed to their limit by the amount of time I ask to spend away from family on a daily basis. They believe I should not ask for any more independence, as they are already trying their hardest to accept me having even a small amount. However, what I'm allowed is very little compared to most people my age. It affects what I can do or not with my life, not just in the short-term but in the long-term too. Should I respect my family's wishes on this point, given that they are already trying their hardest within the context of their own cultural values? Or should I ask for more independence, even if that violates their beliefs?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 2 June 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Note: Philosophy in Action Radio will not broadcast on Wednesday, 5 June 2013.


Recent Podcasts


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26 May 2013: Q&A on Open Relationships, Innate Personality, Alimony, and More

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

Can open relationships be moral? Can personality be innate? Is it wrong for parents to have another baby to save the life of their sick child? Should alimony payments upon divorce be abolished?

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

29 May 2013: Jason Crawford on "Free Objectivist Books for Students"

I interviewed entrepreneur and activist Jason Crawford about "Free Objectivist Books for Students" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"The Free Objectivist Books for Students web site aims to help more students read Ayn Rand. It does that by enabling donors to send books by Ayn Rand or about her philosophy of Objectivism to students eager to read them. Jason Crawford explained how the project works – including the unusual way it connects donors and recipients – and why he thinks students should read Ayn Rand." Jason Crawford is a software developer and entrepreneur in San Francisco. He was co-founder and CTO of startup Kima Labs, and has worked at Amazon and Groupon. He was introduced to Objectivism in 1992 and has been a part of the Objectivist movement ever since.

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

Recent Blog Posts


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