Saturday, September 28, 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, 29 September 2013: Q&A on Keeping Secrets, Ultimate Ends, Studying History, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 29 September 2013.
  • Question 1: Keeping Secrets: When should I respect a person's request to keep information secret? Often, people ask me to keep something they've told me (or will tell me) to myself. Or, they'll ask me not to share it with anyone other than my spouse. Such secrets might consist of happy news that will soon be known, such as future career plans or a pregnancy. That's no problem. However, when the matter is more serious – like psychological struggles, personal wrongdoings, marital troubles, and conflicts with mutual friends – I feel like I'm caught in a bind. Often, I have reason to fear that other people I care about might be hurt, and I feel an obligation to warn them. Is that right? Or am I obliged to keep secrets scrupulously?
  • Question 2: Choosing an Ultimate End: Can a person choose an ultimate value other than his own life? Ayn Rand claims that each person's life is his own ultimate value. Similarly, Aristotle says that each person's final end is his own flourishing or well-being. Does that mean that a person cannot have another ultimate value or final end? Or just that they should not?
  • Question 3: Studying History: How should a person approach the study of history? I've always prided myself on being a "student of history" – meaning that I read and think a great deal about the past and try to apply its lessons to the future. Is this a valid concept? Am I missing a bigger picture? Do you have any tips on being a better "student of history"?
  • Question 4: Moral Blacks and Whites: Can life be morally black and white? People often say life is not "black and white," meaning that sometimes we must navigate morally gray zones, particularly when dealing with complex decisions involving other people. However, if we make decisions based on objective absolutes, doesn't that eliminate these so-called "morally gray zones"?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 29 September 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 2 October 2013: Timothy Sandefur on "Occupational Licensing Versus the Right to Earn a Living"

I'll interview Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur about "Occupational Licensing Versus the Right to Earn a Living" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 2 October 2013.

Many states require licenses to practice certain professions – from medicine to styling hair. What are the practical effects of such licensing requirements? Do they protect the public from quacks, as their defenders claim? Or do they violate a person's right to earn a living and promote poverty? How have the courts ruled on cases challenging licensing requirements?

Timothy Sandefur is a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. As the lead attorney in the Foundation's Economic Liberty Project, he works to protect businesses against abusive government regulation, and has won important victories for free enterprise in California, Oregon, Missouri, and other states. He is the author of three books, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (2006), The Right to Earn A Living: Economic Freedom And The Law (2010), and The Conscience of The Constitution: The Declaration of Independence And The Right to Liberty, which will appear in 2014. He has also published more than 45 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from property rights and economic freedom to intellectual property, evolution and creationism, slavery and the Civil War, and the political philosophy of Shakespeare and ancient Greek literature.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 2 October 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.

22 September 2013: Q&A on Fair Use, Sharing in Children, Risky Fun, and More

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

What is the moral line between respecting copyrights and fair use? How do I teach my toddlers how to share voluntarily? How can I help my partner accept my doing risky activities?

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

25 September 2013: Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 1)"

I interviewed peanut allergy mom Jenn Casey about "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 1)" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"Many Americans have food allergies to common foods such as peanuts, dairy, and eggs. Some of those allergies are so serious as to be life-threatening. Jenn Casey's son has a life-threatening peanut allergy, diagnosed when he was a toddler. What must people diagnosed with such allergies do to protect themselves from accidental ingestion? How can parents keep their children with such allergies safe? How should other people in their lives – such as family, friends, and teachers – do to protect them from harm? What should schools, clubs, and other organizations do? This episode is part one of two." Jenn Casey is a homeschooling mom to three hilarious kids, wife, small business owner, CrossFit athlete and coach, Positive Discipline educator, sometime blogger, puppy trainer, reluctant 5K runner, urban-chicken-raising wannabe, amateur gardener, humor dabbler, serious Beatles enthusiast, longtime Objectivist, economics nerd, even bigger operations management nerd, Sauvignon Blanc lover, bourbon appreciator, and President of ATLOS.

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, September 27, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #181

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:
Tara Grant presents Build A TreadDesk For Less Than $20 posted at Primal Girl, saying, "A DIY project. Create your own walking work station, for less than $20. Perfect for anyone who works at a desk or on a computer for a living. TreadDesks normally go for over $2,000 but you can easily make your own. Humans weren't meant to sit all day!"

Sabine presents Surrounded Sage Chicken posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A delicious Sage and Chicken combo, ideal for the fall!"

Sabine presents No-Ritos posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A great recipe for corn-free Doritos, gluten-free and low-carb!"

Sabine presents Choc-Attack Muffins posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate craving! Gluten-free and dairy-free."

Jennifer Brand aka Alliefitfoodie presents A PALEO AMERICAN PRINCESS, PRACTICING WHAT I PREACH posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "It seems to me that sometimes discussions around food and nutrition can be as contentious as religion. I wanted to better understand why this was the case so in this piece I do a little comparison and analysis on why this might be. I also do a little soul searching (pun intended) in it. Mostly this is for entertainment purposes however, so I hope you have fun reading it."

Jennifer Brand aka Alliefitfoodie presents THREE INGREDIENT PALEO PORK ROAST posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I developed this amazingly easy recipe on the fly. There is a dish that is my favorite at a local Chinese restaurant, and it uses cumin and chili powder (among other things) and I crave it! I thought I'd try to recreate the flavor with this dish, and it was a success! Not only that, but it only has a few ingredients! Also I should note, my 'the bomb.com slow cooked pork roast' used to be my favorite creation. Not any more! I like this one better."

Neely Quinn presents Paleo Success Story! Healing Hidradenitis and Losing Weight posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Another awesome success story!"

Sean presents Grilled NY Strip Steak with Hatch Chile Chimichurri posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "A simple method to making delicious grilled NY Strip steak with a chimichurri sauce."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Vietnamese Pho, An Entrée with Beef, Vegetables and Herbs posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe for Vietnamese Pho is rich in flavor, full of fresh herbs, and super easy to make! It can easily be made Vegan, or with any protein! Our favorite? Tender beef sirloin or shrimp!"

Eileen Laird presents My Experience with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I've been using the AIP to reverse my rheumatoid arthritis. Today, I share the results of the experiment, which have been profound."

Nell Stephenson presents What's Wrong with Ghee posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson shares a scientific response to a reader's question, provided by Dr. Cordain about why ghee is not Paleo."

Sabine presents Apple-Basil Chicken burgers posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A unusual, yet delicious combination!"

Tarah Chieffi presents Green Banana Smoothie Layered with Chocolate Chia Pudding posted at What I Gather, saying, "A refreshing smoothie with the flavors of chocolate and banana!"

Salixisme presents Gluten-Free Honey Cakes posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Hubby came up with this recipe, baking these to include in the kids packed lunches. They are gluten and grain-free, but do include honey so they are not particually low-carb. Like most paleo treats, these are intended to be a once in a while treat, rather than an everyday indulgence. Having said that, they were delicious with a slightly dense, moist mouth-feel."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #106: Special Guest Katy Bowman of Aligned and Well posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "This Podcast features the awesome Katy Bowman of http://www.alignedandwell.com/. The new book, Alignment Matters, the blog, http://www.katysays.com/, and she is just absolutely tops from both the information she provides, and how she provides it. She is a genius but she is totally accessible and incredibly funny. We talk about Alignment with regard to modern health issues, Physical nourishment, Movement in kids, and lots of other great things!"

Chris presents 10 Tips for Using Almond Flour posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Using almond flour brings its challenges. Here are 10 tips to using almond flour more effectively in your paleo cooking."

Laura P presents The Five Best Foods for Mens Health posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "This week's Friday Five post highlights the five best foods to nourish men...these are the essential foods for enhancing and maintaining male health. They are not only nutrient-dense but delicious, too!"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Crossfit's dirty little secret posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "It seems like Crossfit and paleo are synonymous in many fitness circles. Hopefully, revealing the ugly truth about one of the most destructive workouts ever conjured up will diminish its appeal. An effective, healthy workout does not destroy your body."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Hooray for GF matzo posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Gf matzo for communion and religious feasts. Woot!"

Patrick Clark presents Outstanding in Your Field, or Squatting, Kneeling or Perching posted at Paleo All the Way, saying, "The Zen Office–is a set of props that turns everyday sedentary desk work into an all day workout. You can use as a portable floor based work station or as a stand up desk. Versatile, customizable, modular, eco friendly furniture to bring movement and power to your office setting. Watch these two new videos for the demonstration."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

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Saturday, September 21, 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, 22 September 2013: Q&A on Fair Use, Sharing in Children, Risky Fun, Secrets, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 22 September 2013.
  • Question 1: Fair Use of Intellectual Property: What is the moral line between respecting copyrights and fair use? From a moral rather than legal perspective, what are the requirements to respect someone's right to their own work? For example if you have a movie on DVD is it moral to switch it to electronic form for your own use or should you buy the other form? When is quoting from an article or making a spoof fair use versus not respecting the owner's ownership?
  • Question 2: Teaching Children to Share: How do I teach my toddlers how to share voluntarily? I'm the father of 23 month-old girl/boy twins who are just beginning to develop morality. I'm also an atheist with strong Objectivist leanings. I don't want to teach my children that they shouldn't commit a particular offense because God is watching them, as that will instill only fear of the unknown in them. What should I do instead? The twins will fight over particular things (e.g. toys, books, plastic containers, etc.). Too often I find myself trying to keep the peace with the one word command of "Share!" Forced sharing offends me but I find myself using it with the children because their understanding is limited and because it's easy to use. What might I do instead?
  • Question 3: Accepting Risks in Fun: How can I help my partner accept my doing risky activities? I would describe my partner as modestly adventurous. He's willing to try things now and then, but there are lots of things that I'd like to do that he not only refuses to do but forbids me to do as well. For example, I saw a deal to take a beginner pilot lesson on LivingSocial. I have no interest in getting my pilot's license, but I think it would be fun to sit in the seat with a teacher and learn a little something about how it's done. To my mind, this is perfectly safe. My partner, however, says, "No way." Also, I want to go swimming with sharks (with supervision, inside a cage). Yes, there's some risk, but I think that sounds like a lot of fun. My boyfriend disagrees. I did talk him into going skydiving with me once, but he refuses to go again. He bought me a gift certificate so I could do another tandem dive. But I loved it enough that I would consider getting certified to jump on my own. Yet he forbids it. People do these kinds of activities all the time without injury or any other harm. Plus, I want to do them with all proper supervision and safety precautions. I'm certain that my boyfriend understands these mandates of his carry little to no weight with me, but I wish he would be a little more reasonable about the way he assesses these risks. I definitely wish he'd find a better way of expressing his concern for my safety than just issuing commands about what I will and will not do. What should I do?
  • Question 4: Keeping Secrets: When should I respect a person's request to keep information secret? Often, people ask me to keep something they've told me (or will tell me) to myself. Or, they'll ask me not to share it with anyone other than my spouse. Such secrets might consist of happy news that will soon be known, such as future career plans or a pregnancy. That's no problem. However, when the matter is more serious – like psychological struggles, personal wrongdoings, marital troubles, and conflicts with mutual friends – I feel like I'm caught in a bind. Often, I have reason to fear that other people I care about might be hurt, and I feel an obligation to warn them. Is that right? Or am I obliged to keep secrets scrupulously?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 22 September 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 25 September 2013: Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies"

I'll interview peanut allergy mom Jenn Casey about "Living Safely with Food Allergies" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 25 September 2013.

Many Americans have food allergies to common foods such as peanuts, dairy, and eggs. Some of those allergies are so serious as to be life-threatening. Jenn Casey's son has a life-threatening peanut allergy, diagnosed when he was a toddler. What must people diagnosed with such allergies do to protect themselves from accidental ingestion? How can parents keep their children with such allergies safe? How should other people in their lives – such as family, friends, and teachers – do to protect them from harm? What should schools, clubs, and other organizations do?

Jenn Casey is a homeschooling mom to three hilarious kids, wife, small business owner, CrossFit athlete and coach, Positive Discipline educator, sometime blogger, puppy trainer, reluctant 5K runner, urban-chicken-raising wannabe, amateur gardener, humor dabbler, serious Beatles enthusiast, longtime Objectivist, economics nerd, even bigger operations management nerd, Sauvignon Blanc lover, bourbon appreciator, and President of ATLOS.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 25 September 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.

15 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Kant on Sex, Voter Education, and More

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

How can I identify my own central purpose? What are Immanuel Kant's views on sex? How should I educate myself so that I can cast informed votes in elections? Is it wrong for an atheist to patronize religious businesses?

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

18 September 2013: Robert Garmong on "Censorship in China"

I interviewed Professor Robert Garmong about "Censorship in China" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"How does censorship work in China? What can ordinary people access or not? What is the Chinese government most concerned to conceal? What are the consequences of speaking out? What do ordinary people think of the censorship? Robert Garmong, an American living and working in China, will answer these questions and more." Robert Garmong is Lecturer of Business at the Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. He studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

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

Recent Blog Posts


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

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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #180

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:
Tara Grant presents PrimalGirl Reads: Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch posted at PrimalGirl, saying, "I sat down with a copy of Peggy Emch's (thePrimalParent.com) book, Primal Moms Look Good Naked. Here are my thoughts."

Kris Gunnars presents Top 11 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes and How to Avoid Them posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Modern nutrition is full of misinformation. Here are the 11 most common nutrition mistakes that people keep repeating again and again."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Calling you out paleo style posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "My family inspired this piece. They got me thinking about how passive most of our society is when it comes to health, diet and overall nutrition, and how people follow the [ill] advice of what they consider reputable resources, without questioning the information they receive."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Ginger orange beef [paleo] baby posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "A crock pot recipe for ginger orange beef! I love crock pot cooking. It's so easy!"

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo /Chinese Medicine Foods for Pregnancy posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about some foods common to both Paleo and Traditional Chinese Medicine recommended for pregnancy."

Neely Quinn presents Paleo Success Story! posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Another amazing Paleo transformation story!"

Julie and Charles Mayfield presents New book and new website! posted at Paleo Comfort Foods, saying, "Officially announcing our new cookbook (Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods - available everywhere next week!) along with our new website. Come by and say hello!"

Salixisme presents Shrimp and Crab Cakes with Avocado Mayo posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "This was a delicious meal… tender, tasty seafood (who does not love shrimp and crab?), shaped into crispy coconut coated cakes, with a creamy, green avocado mayonnaise to dip them in. And because they are baked in the oven, there is no need to fry which meant that they were not greasy."

Meghanne Reburn presents How to eat Paleo during Pregnancy: A guide to every trimester posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "In this first of a three part series, Meg, 'the Paleo Midwife', shares tips, insights and SUPER recipes to help with first trimester nausea, food aversions and crazy carb cravings."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Vietnamese Pho, An Entrée with Beef, Vegetables and Herbs posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This flavorful Vietnamese Pho has delicious fresh vegetables and herbs, with thin ribbons of sirloin! Easily made Vegan too! Try it with our Spring Roll Salad!"

Adam Farrah presents It's Time to Get to Work... posted at Practical Paleolithic, saying, "A Paleo Lifestyle post about getting to the RIGHT work and ignoring or minimizing the wrong work."

Adam Farrah presents Moving On... posted at Practical Paleolithic, saying, "A post about the practical act of 'moving on" from past stress and difficulty and stepping in to a more positive, productive life."

Chris presents The Difference Between the Paleo Diet and the Gluten Free Diet posted at PrimalPal, saying, "The paleo diet and the gluten free diet share some similarities. But there are some major differences. Explore what makes the paleo diet different from the gluten free diet."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Announcing new coaching services from the Balanced Bites team posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "I’m thrilled to share our new 1:1 nutrition coaching services with you all. There are two fantastic practitioners and several service options provided by each. You can find more detailed information about their coaching packages and rates on the site under the “Coaching” tab."

Kellie Phelan presents A Coconut-y Frozen Treat posted at Traditional Wisdom, saying, "I’m generally not a big believer in Paleo desserts, but I do have a trick or two up my sleeve for whena Paleo dessert is called for – like on these last hot summer days. This is a delicious concoction of shaved ice, coconut milk, and berries. It is naturally sugar-free and Paleo/Whole Life Challenge-friendly!"

Camille presents Chewy Banana and Cashew Butter Cookies posted at My Little Jar of Spices, saying, "These paleo cookies are deliciously soft and chewy, with a crunch of toasted honey-cinnamon cashew bits on the top. They're low in sugar and packed with potassium, fiber heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and manganese and make for a perfect snack or breakfast treat."

Laura P presents Essential Herbs for Men's Health posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "As part of the focus on men's health this week on my blog, I'm talking about herbs that help improve and maintain the health of males--including hormone balance, libido, prostate and kidney health, and more!"
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Saturday, September 14, 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, 15 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Kant on Sex, Voter Education, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 15 September 2013.
  • Question 1: Identifying a Central Purpose: How can I identify my own central purpose? I understand the importance of a central purpose to organize my values and pursuits. However, I'm not sure how to identify what my central purpose is. What if I have a few major pursuits, but none dominates the others? What if my career is in flux – or not yet settled? Also, how concrete or abstract should my central purpose be?
  • Question 2: Immanuel Kant on Sex: What are Immanuel Kant's views on sex? In your June 30th, 2013 discussion of studying philosophy in academia, you said that Immanuel Kant has some very distinctive and revealing views about marriage, sex, and masturbation. What are they? What do they reveal about this ethics? Have they been influential in academia or the culture?
  • Question 3: Becoming an Educated Voter: How should I educate myself so that I can cast informed votes in elections? I'm 25, and I've never voted in any local, state, or national election. I have good reason for that, I think: I've never been able to educate myself sufficiently on the candidates to be certain of who to vote for. Also, as a marketing student with a passion for advertising and public relations, I don't think I could vote until I'd seen the inside of a campaign team as a member of it, so that I have a personal understanding of how much the candidate presented is real or idealized. I know that that is unrealistic, because I wouldn't know which candidate to work for. Instead of that, what steps could I take to inform myself, without consuming too much time, so that I could vote in the next presidential election?
  • Question 4: Atheists Patronizing Religious Businesses: Is it wrong for an atheist to patronize religious businesses? Is it an endorsement of religion or failure of integrity for an atheist to buy goods or services from a religious business, such hiring an explicitly religious (and advertised as such) plumber or joining the local YMCA?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 15 September 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 18 September 2013: Robert Garmong on "Censorship in China"

I'll interview Professor Robert Garmong about "Censorship in China" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 18 September 2013.

How does censorship work in China? What can ordinary people access or not? What is the Chinese government most concerned to conceal? What are the consequences of speaking out? What do ordinary people think of the censorship? Robert Garmong, an American living and working in China, will answer these questions and more.

Robert Garmong is Lecturer of Business at the Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. He studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 18 September 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.

8 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Promotions, Sharing, Hate Crimes, and More

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

What is the meaning and value of a central purpose? How can a person gain the self-confidence required to ask for a promotion at work? Is it wrong to protect my competitive advantage in a sport by refusing to share information? Are hate crime laws just?

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, September 13, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #179

By Diana Hsieh

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

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

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

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

Here is this week's edition:
Kris Gunnars presents Top 13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick and Fat posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense, even among health professionals. Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat."

Sabine presents Cissus Quadrangularis: The Superfood for your joints posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A must-read if you suffer from joint pain."

Sabine presents Eggplant Roast with Apricots posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A simple and delicious way to cook eggplant!"

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents A paleo love letter posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "A 'love letter" where I compare my paleo lifestyle to a significant other (and elude to the fact that paleo makes me happier than a boyfriend would :)). A fun piece where I talk about the benefits I've noticed since I started following the paleo lifestyle."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents When worlds collide paleo-fied carrot cake cookies posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "This is a recipe I cooked up (pun intended) for carrot cake cookies. I also address the issue of people calling treats paleo. While the ingredients are paleo, there needs to be an understanding that a treat is still a treat! Paleo is not a diet or lifestyle that is based on paleo-fied treats. We need to educate people about this."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Shrimp and Butternut Squash Yellow Curry, A Thai-Inspired Entrée posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This Yellow Curry with Shrimp and Butternut Squash has just the right amount of sweet heat! Pescatarian and easily converted to Vegan, this one-pot meal is perfect for fall!"

Neely Quinn presents Our New Free Paleo Challenge Email Series posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "It makes me very happy that so many people are psyched to take the Paleo plunge, and get started. But… I understand that a lot of people have NO IDEA how to do a Paleo challenge on their own. So I created another tool to help guide you through a challenge!"

Nell Stephenson presents Gone Paleo And Gaining Weight? Often, An Easy Fix… posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about some commonly made mistakes which might cause weight gain for those new to Paleo living."

Tarah presents Let's Celebrate National Breakfast Month - Healthy Style! posted at What I Gather, saying, "A collection of my favorite healthy breakfast meals!"

Laura P presents Real Food on a Budget posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Does is seem like eating Real Food is too expensive on a limited budget? Here are five tips for keeping your food costs low, while still getting high quality, healthy foods. Everyone deserves to eat well!"

Eileen Laird presents Chicken Liver Fried "Rice" posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of eating organ meat, so I created a recipe for beginners. It includes chicken livers (mild in flavor, high in nutrition) with a delicious cauliflower rice."

Tara Grant presents Coconut Ghee Egg Spiced Chai Latte Recipe posted at PrimalGirl, saying, "A delicious twist on Bulletproof Coffee and Primal Egg Coffee. Spiced Chai Lattes, made with tea or coffee. Add some alcohol and you've got yourself a protein and fat-packed party."

Kevin Geary presents Five Ways Rebooting Your Body Can Make You Rich posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "What I want this post to do is to shape your mindset — or at least begin to shape it — around the importance of healing emotional roadblocks, improving your body composition, and becoming objectively healthier and how those things affect your success with regard to your career path and financial freedom."

Victoria Prince presents A most excellent week posted at Principle into Practice, saying, "The week leading up to and including AHS was one for the books- nature, good food, quality socialization, and lots of good information!"

Meghanne Reburn presents Meg 'The Paleo Midwife's' Guide to Coffee, tea and other primal brews in pregnancy posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "In Part 1 of this two part series, Meg 'The Paleo Midwife' talks about beneficial teas and teas that are best avoided during your Paleo pregnancy. Part 2 discusses the 'caffeine conundrum', should you still drink your green tea and bulletproof now that your pregnant?"

My Little Jar of Spices presents Fish Cakes with Spicy Tahini Aioli posted at My Little Jar of Spices, saying, "This paleo-friendly fish cake recipe comes from Jewish Sephardic culinary traditions of the Maghreb and is served with a spicy tahini aioli sauce that gives it fabulous Mediterranean flavor!"

Chris presents 10 Tips for Cooking with Coconut Flour posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Here are 10 simple tips for cooking with coconut flour. Coconut flour is healthy, versatile and gluten free. But it can be a bit tricky to work with. Use these tips to cook with coconut flour like a pro."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Christian Wernstedt on Your Health Versus Stress: Philosophy in Action Podcast

By Diana Hsieh

On Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed our own Christian Wernstedt about "Your Health Versus Stress." The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading. You'll find it on the episode's archive page, as well as below.

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Podcast: Christian Wernstedt about "Your Health Versus Stress"

What are some of the common ways that stress impairs a person's health? What can a person do to resolve those problems? Personal health coach Christian Wernstedt helped me recover from adrenal insufficiency, leaky gut, and other problems stemming from my 2009 crash into hypothyroidism. In this interview, he shared his basic approach and insights with us.

Christian Wernstedt, born and raised in Sweden but now living in New York City, is a personal health coach, educator, and entrepreneur specializing in applying science and time proven empirical methodology to one's everyday practices such as diet, exercise, and supplementation. In 2008, while working as a freelance IT consultant, he became Interested in evolutionary concepts in nutrition and has since then studied and practiced these and other health related ideas and methodologies. In 2010 he founded the company VitalObjectives, which has since then become a successful coaching and educational practice with a track record of putting individuals on a path towards improved health and resolution of health issues.

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  • The conventional approach to health and the problems with that
  • Christian's approach to health
  • The meaning and examples of stress
  • The effect of stress on health
  • Common sources of stress
  • Adrenal insufficiency or steriod hormone imbalance
  • Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency
  • Testing adrenal insufficiency
  • Other underlying or related problems
  • Trying to "power through" symptoms
  • What you can do now to protect your health
  • Good sleep
  • Overscheduled lifestyles
  • Diet: paleo and low carb
  • Fitness: Crossfit
  • Supplements
  • Vitamin D
  • Vital Objectives

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Saturday, September 07, 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, 8 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Self-Confidence, Secrets, Hate Crimes, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 8 September 2013.
  • Question 1: The Value of a Central Purpose: What is the meaning and value of a central purpose? In "The Objectivist Ethics," Ayn Rand says that "productive work is the central purpose of a rational man's life, the central value that integrates and determines the hierarchy of all his other values." I find that confusing. What constitutes a central purpose? How does it function in a person's life, particularly in relation to other values like a spouse, children, and hobbies? Should I be worried if I don't have a clearly identified central purpose?
  • Question 2: Self-Confidence at Work: How can a person gain the self-confidence required to ask for a promotion at work? I know some people who don't socialize much, and they really seem to struggle during interviews for promotions. They seem to lack confidence in themselves. How can they gain it? Does that kind of self-confidence depend on social acceptance and support?
  • Question 3: Keeping Secrets for Competitive Advantage: Is it wrong to protect my competitive advantage in sport by refusing to share information? I am an aspiring MMA fighter. I've done a lot of work studying personal fitness, how to prevent and fix personal injuries, and how to maximize force output. I recently signed up for a MMA gym to prepare for some amateur fights. I'm concerned that when I do non-conventional "stretches" before or after a workout I'll get questions from curious people. Then I'm in a dilemma. I would like to make friends, but I really don't want to give away for free my knowledge that I have worked hard to achieve – knowledge which gives me an edge over many competitors. I don't want to tell them where I got this information either. Perhaps if they ask what I'm doing, I could say "trade secret" or something else. Ultimately though, I don't want to give potential competitors the tools that will help them beat me. Is this legitimate? Is it immoral or unwise?
  • Question 4: Hate Crime Laws: Are hate crime laws just? Hate crime laws impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by hatred for or bias against the victim for his group membership, such as religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. Do such laws protect or violate individual rights? Should such laws be maintained, modified, or repealed?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 8 September 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, 11 September 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.

1 September 2013: Q&A on Competition, Risking Welfare, Trolley Problem, Infatuation, and More

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

What is the value of competition? Should a person forgo having children to avoid the risk of needing welfare? Does the 'trolley problem' have any validity or use? Is it wrong to indulge romantic infatuation?

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

4 September 2013: Christian Wernstedt on "Your Health Versus Stress"

I interviewed personal health coach Christian Wernstedt about "Your Health Versus Stress" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"What are some of the common ways that stress impairs a person's health? What can a person do to resolve those problems? Personal health coach Christian Wernstedt helped me recover from adrenal insufficiency, leaky gut, and other problems stemming from my 2009 crash into hypothyroidism. In this interview, he shared his basic approach and insights with us." Christian Wernstedt, born and raised in Sweden but now living in New York City, is a personal health coach, educator, and entrepreneur specializing in applying science and time proven empirical methodology to one's everyday practices such as diet, exercise, and supplementation. In 2008, while working as a freelance IT consultant, he became Interested in evolutionary concepts in nutrition and has since then studied and practiced these and other health related ideas and methodologies. In 2010 he founded the company VitalObjectives, which has since then become a successful coaching and educational practice with a track record of putting individuals on a path towards improved health and resolution of health issues.

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

Recent Blog Posts


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Friday, September 06, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #178

By Diana Hsieh

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

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

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

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

Here is this week's edition:
Kris Gunnars presents Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Green Tea posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Multiple studies show that green tea has powerful health benefits and therapeutic effects in humans."

Sabine presents The easiest Hollandaise Sauce posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "If you eat butter on Paleo, this is a must-try recipe!"

Sabine presents Crushed Sweet Potato posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Sweet potatoes just a little different..."

Jennifer Brand presents What Is Black, White, Grey and Paleo All Over? posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I was inspired to write this piece after seeing several posts about the 'paleo police' and how they may discouraging others from entering the paleo blogging world, and the paleo world in general. There needs to be a balance between staying true to what it means to be paleo and making sure that the educational aspect is shared (what is and what is not paleo), while enabling/allowing people to explore their creativity (in blogging), and versatility by finding the dietary balance that works for them. Let's encourage others to join us in spreading the word about the paleo lifestyle and its benefits."

Jennifer Brand presents Paleo "I'm So Hungry I'm Going To Eat My Hand" Coconut Fried Shrimp posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "A recipe for paleo coconut fried shrimp. And a super simple one at that! It's easy to follow a paleo lifestyle and eat great tasting food, and a variety of it!"

Neely Quinn presents Here's A Quick Workout You Can Do At Home posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "You can’t get any real exercise done in 15 minutes, right? Wrong! You can, and we created a whole fitness program around workouts that are quick (20 minutes or less), hard, and dirty. Ok, maybe not dirty, but they definitely get the job done :)."

Nell Stephenson presents Butter’s In, But All Other Dairy’s Out? Wrong! NO DAIRY ON PALEO! posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo exert Nell Stephenson explains why dairy is not Paleo."

Sara Hatch presents Doing a Whole30 posted at Edible, saying, "Join me as I persevere through the trials and tribulations of a Whole30!"

Eileen Laird presents How To Survive An Autoimmune Flare posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "When you're new to a healing diet, it can take time for autoimmune flares to go away. Mine diminished in number and intensity once I changed the way I ate, but it was almost a year before they were gone for good. Today, I share 19 tips to make it through those days."

Salixisme presents Back to School Packed Lunches 1 posted at Salixisme, saying, "In this post, I give hints and tips for making packing a paleo school lunch less stressful and easier on you. This is part 1 of a 2 part series."

Salixisme presents Back to School Packed Lunches 2 posted at Salixisme, saying, "In this post, I make suggestions as to what you can actually put in the paleo packed lunch that you are sending in to school with your kids. This is part 2 of a 2 part series."

The Cavegirls presents New and Improved Zucchini Bread Recipe posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "Are you drowning in zucchini from your garden or have you seen some really nice ones at the local farmer's market? One of my favorite summer treats is zucchini bread. I've made several recipes over the years but this one is definitely the best. It's just sweet enough, filled with zucchini goodness and has a hint of spice. Give it a try!"

The Cavekids presents Back to School Lunch and Breakfast Ideas posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "My Cavekids have been hard at work making up a list of good lunch box foods to pack for this school year. Both have decided to give full Paleo a try and are doing their research into what makes a good Paleo lunch and what tastes great. They will be documenting their lunches over the next few months and have kicked off the project with their first day lunch box pictures. What do you put in your kids' lunch boxes?"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #103: Special Guest Diana Rodgers posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "This week's podcast is with special guest Diana Rodgers, author of 'Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go". This episode also talks about homesteading, kids and healthy eating, and, of course, a sneak peek of Diane's new book!"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Is your fitness magazine keeping up with you? MIne is not! posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Looking for more in a fitness magazine? Me too. Stop by and tell me what kinds of articles and recipes would be in your dream fitness magazine."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents About potassium posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "It's rarely talked about but potassium plays an important part of muscular health, including keeping your heart healthy. Find out the potassium levels in paleo approved foods and see if you are getting enough in the food you eat."

Mary Catherine presents How to Stay Paleo in 100 Words posted at Nourish Paleo Foods, saying, "I thought it would be fun to share 100 words of my best tips for keeping on the paleo path."

J. Stanton presents My AHS 2013 Bibliography Is Online posted at GNOLLS.ORG, saying, "The bibliography of my presentation '"What Is Metabolic Flexibility, and Why Is It Important?"" is available. Additionally, you'll find out why an exercise physiology text is an excellent resource for the layman who wants an overview of human metabolism, biomechanics, and biochemistry."
Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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