Saturday, October 26, 2013

Responsibility & Luck

By Diana Hsieh

I'm delighted to announce that my first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is now available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook.

The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck." It's an academic work but accessible to anyone with an interest in philosophy.

About Responsibility & Luck

Does the pervasive influence of luck in life mean that people cannot be held responsible for their choices? Do people lack the control required to justify moral praise and blame?

In his famous article "Moral Luck," philosopher Thomas Nagel casts doubt on our ordinary moral judgments of persons. He claims that we intuitively accept that moral responsibility requires control, yet we praise and blame people for their actions, the outcomes of those actions, and their characters -- even though shaped by forces beyond their control, i.e., by luck. This is the "problem of moral luck."

Philosopher Diana Hsieh argues that this attack on moral judgment rests on a faulty view of control, as well as other errors. By developing Aristotle's theory of moral responsibility, Hsieh explains the sources and limits of a person's responsibility for what he does, what he produces, and who he is. Ultimately, she shows that moral judgments are not undermined by luck.

In addition, this book explores the nature of moral agency and free will, the purpose of moral judgment, causation in tort and criminal law, the process of character development, and more.

For more information, including two sample chapters and the detailed table of contents, visit the book's web page.

Again, you can purchase Responsibility & Luck in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook.

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Like every author, I depend on good reviews of the book on Amazon, social media, and elsewhere. So once you've read Responsibility & Luck, please review it!

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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, 27 October 2013: Q&A on Checkered Pasts, Racist Names, Gun Rights, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 27 October 2013.
  • Question 1: Revealing a Checkered Past: How forthcoming should I be with new people I meet about my checkered past? My past is not a source of pride for me. Over four years ago, I read "Atlas Shrugged." That book altered the radical change I was already bringing into my life for the better. I've recently begun meeting other fans of Ayn Rand in real life, and I dislike discussing my white-trash, moocher-esque history with these new acquaintances. (At the time, I was between 17 and 20 years old.) If I shared my past with these people, I think they might judge me harshly and cut ties with me, given that they don't know me well. However, given my past, I have a clearer understanding of the irrational, twisted, cruel, and nasty nature of people who choose to live like leeches off of other human beings. I think that sharing these experiences with others can be a source of strength to them. (I don't want others to stumble into these poor decisions when they could do better!) So how much of my past should I share with other people, and how should I share it?
  • Question 2: Racist Names of Sports Teams: Should sports teams with racist names change them? Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins has vowed never to the team's name, insisting that it stands for bravery. I've read conflicting reports about polls of Native Americans. Some are offended, and some don't care. It appears that D.C. area politicians and various academics looking to make names for themselves are leading the charge to change the name, and they seem to have much to gain thereby. Personally, I am not offended by the name, but I wouldn't go onto a reservation and address the people there as "redskins." While the name may be racist and offensive to some, is that a sufficient reason to change it?
  • Question 3: Property Owners Prohibiting Firearms: Should a person respect signs prohibiting guns in certain areas? Some businesses and government offices announce that firearms are prohibited in the building, yet no screening is conducted to ensure that firearms are excluded. In such "pretend gun-free zones," law-abiding people will disarm, while criminals and other dangerous or careless people will not. Is this a violation of a person's right to self-defense? Should people refuse to disarm in face of such signs?
  • Question 4: Explaining Facebook Unfriendings: Does a person owe others an explanation for unfriending them on Facebook? I'm "friends" with many people on Facebook who I can't stand and with whom I would never willingly spend time in real life. I've purged many Facebook friends I didn't really know and/or who've contributed nothing of value to my life, all for the better. Now I am considering whether to unfriend former lovers and one-time real life friends from my youth for a host of insurmountable reasons – for example, our politics don't jive, I'm annoyed by seeing endless photos of their pets, and so on. Odds are I will never have any dealings with these people again, mostly because I don't want to. Do I owe them an explanation for the unfriending?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 27 October 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 30 October 2013: Chat about "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One"

I'll chat about "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One" with live callers on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 30 October 2013.

What is the problem of moral luck? Why does it matter? In this podcast, I will read Chapter One of my new book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 30 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.

20 October 2013: Q&A on Inequality, Genetic Engineering, Ten Commandments, and More

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

Is an egalitarian society a better society? Once some children are genetically engineered, wouldn't discrimination against natural children be inevitable? Are the Ten Commandments of value to an atheist?

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

23 October 2013: Paul Hsieh on "Highlights from the Personality Theory Workshop"

I chatted with my own Paul Hsieh about "Highlights from the Personality Theory Workshop" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"In early October, I gathered a few close friends in Atlanta to discuss the ins and outs of personality theory. We focused on various theories of personality, as well as the effects of personality differences at work, in parenting, in personal relations, and in activism. In this episode, my husband Paul and I will share the highlights." Dr. Paul Hsieh is a physician in practice in South Denver. He is the co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM). He has written scores of op-eds, mostly on health care policy, as well as articles for The Objective Standard. He blogs offbeat tech news at GeekPress.

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

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #185

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 Sam Feltham Ate 6000 Calories a Day and Gained Almost no Weight. How? posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "If you haven't heard about it yet, you need to know about this guy's little experiment on himself. 3 weeks high fat, low carb, good quality food, and 3 weeks of what they say you should eat - each time almost 6000 calories per day."

Kris Gunnars presents 7 Proven Ways to Lose Weight on Autopilot (Without Counting Calories) posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Calories matter, but counting them is not at all necessary to lose weight. Here are 7 scientifically proven ways to lose fat on autopilot."

Neely Quinn presents Essential Paleo Equipment: A Notebook posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "You need to have some kind of tracking system in place so that you can track how your training is going, how your diet is going, heck, even how your life is going."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Fudging it paleo style posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "FUDGE! 'Nough said! Well almost... I'll add that this recipe has two ingredients and is no-bake! Doesn't get any easier, or tastier than this."

Nell Stephenson presents Another Critique of the Paleo Lifestyle...and What's Behind it posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson reviews a recent article posted on livestrong.com discussing the 'risks of Paleo'."

Tarah presents Healthy Fall Recipe Roundup posted at What I Gather, saying, "A roundup of my favorite fall recipes from the blog and some sweet fall treats from around the web!"

Eileen Laird presents Apple Cinnamon Gummy Candies posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The perfect Paleo Halloween Treat. Kids will love them, because they have the texture of gummy bears. Parents will love them because they're made from healthy ingredients, including the superfood gelatin. Everyone will love them because they're a fast and easy recipe."

Eileen Laird presents Stir Fry with Magic Sauce posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The true test of a magic sauce is if it fits with many recipes, transforming vastly different foods. I believe this sauce qualifies. Recently, I used it in a recipe for mackerel. Today, it's seasoning a delicious beef, broccoli and pineapple stir fry. What should I try it with next?"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Pickled cabbage burger posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Burger recipe to help you eat more delicious, and nutritious, cabbage."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Coming out of the fat closet posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "I eat the paleo way and I'm fat. But that' s ok. Read why in my post."

Amy Kubal presents Consumed By Food posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Food is something we consume, but sometimes the roles are switched and food starts consuming us..."

Sabine presents Eggplant Hamburgers posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A fantastic way to eat hamburgers without the bun!"

Salixisme presents Raw Crackers posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "These crackers are not only grain/gluten-free, they are raw, as they are “cooked” in the dehydrator. They are incredibly easy to make and very tasty. Perfect for packed lunches, as part of a cheese-board (assuming you eat dairy) or for a quick snack. They are also great with dips. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you could probably dry them out in an oven set at it’s lowest setting, but that might “cook” them a little, and you would have to watch them carefully to ensure that they don’t burn."

Chris presents How to Go Gluten Free in 8 Steps posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Cutting gluten out of your diet doesn't have to be a struggle. Here are 8 steps to go gluten free."

Sam presents 13th annual 13.1 on 10/13 posted at Bacon it Paleo, saying, "How crossfit prepared me for my first half marathon--without training."

Sam presents Lemon pork chops with smashed parsnips q posted at Lemon pork chops with smashed parsnips , saying, "Easy lemon pork chops with creamy parsnip mash--perfect weekday meal."

Sabine presents Cabbage Enchiladas posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Crave Mexican food? This will not disappoint!"

Laura P presents Portland Fermentation Festival Recap! posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "I had the pleasure of attending the Portland Fermentation Festival this week...here's a recap of the awesome event, including meeting Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation!"
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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NPR piece on Honeybee Decline

By Monica

There's a new NPR piece on what's killing bees, and it's quite good from the standpoint that it addresses the longstanding decline in honeybees that dates back to WWII.  And surprise, surprise, it's mostly what I've been saying all along.

Logically, though, we need tens of millions of dollars of research to do the equivalent of sticking our fingers in our ears and shouting "lalalalalalala" while looking for "mysterious" and "hidden" causes of bee declines when they are staring us right in the face.

Definitely worth a listen.  You heard it here first.

cross-posted from Free Agriculture / Restore Markets

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Can Pastured Food Be Stopped?

By Monica

In this short article The End of Pastured Food?, Robert Gammon contemplates whether the FDA and Big Organic are going to be successful in shutting down old-style pastured farming in relation to the new, absurd egg regulations that will put certified organic hens inside a building for their entire lives, never to see a blade of grass.  The entire article is well worth reading.

My answer?  No, this isn't "the end of pastured food."  Not by a long shot.  Americans are, in ever increasing numbers, returning to their agricultural roots and wanting to know how their food is produced.

Many Americans want Exhibit A:


Not Exhibit B:


Yet FDA regulations propose to make Exhibit A illegal, even for USDA Organic eggs!!

Americans will continue to demand pastured animal products in larger and larger numbers. Big Agra, Big Organic, the USDA, and the FDA (which are all synonymous now, living in a happy symbiosis) are resisting this, and I predict that if these regulations go forward, producers of pastured eggs will abandon the USDA Organic label in order to cater to their customers.

Pastured food cannot be stopped.  Americans are waking from a decades-long slumber.  They are realizing that our country has gone insane, and that we need to purge the fascists in our government at all levels and get back to the basics on which this country was founded.

HT to Cheeseslave for the photos.

cross-posted from Free Agriculture / Restore Markets

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Saturday, October 19, 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, 20 October 2013: Q&A on Inequality, Genetic Engineering, Ten Commandments, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 20 October 2013.
  • Question 1: The Social Effects of Inequality: Is an egalitarian society a better society? The 2009 book "The Spirit Level" argues that income inequality has a broad range of negative effects on society. According to the summary on Wikipedia, "It claims that for each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage pregnancies, and child well-being, outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal rich countries."Are these egalitarian arguments wrong? If so, what's the best approach to refuting them?
  • Question 2: Favoritism for the Genetically Engineered: Once some children are genetically engineered, wouldn't discrimination against natural children be inevitable? Assume that humanity has advanced to the technological capacities of the movie "Gattaca," where the best possible genes for each child could be (and mostly would be) chosen before implantation of the embryo. In that case, how could society prevent discrimination against people who were conceived naturally? Those chosen genes would include genes for determination, the desire to learn, motivation, and more, such that engineered people would always win out based on merit. The movie "Gattaca" shows a natural child rising above his engineered counterparts because of his great determination and spirit. The movie's tagline is even "there is no gene for the human spirit." But if there is such a thing as a human spirit, then there surely must be a gene for it. So would discrimination against natural children be inevitable? If so, would it be unjust?
  • Question 3: The Value of the Ten Commandments: Are the Ten Commandments of value to an atheist? Are the Ten Commandments a useful guide to living a good life, even for people who are not Jewish or Christian? Should a rational person look to religious scriptures for ethical guidance?
  • Question 4: Property Owners Prohibiting Firearms: Should a person respect signs prohibiting guns in certain areas? Some businesses and government offices announce that firearms are prohibited in the building, yet no screening is conducted to ensure that firearms are excluded. In such "pretend gun-free zones," law-abiding people will disarm, while criminals and other dangerous or careless people will not. Is this a violation of a person's right to self-defense? Should people refuse disarm in face of such signs?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 20 October 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 23 October 2013: Paul Hsieh on "Lessons from the Personality Theory Workshop"

I'll chat with my own Paul Hsieh about "Lessons from the Personality Theory Workshop" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 23 October 2013.

In early October, I gathered a few close friends in Atlanta to discuss the ins and outs of personality theory. We focused on various theories of personality, as well as the effects of personality differences at work, in parenting, in personal relations, and in activism. In this episode, my husband Paul and I will share the highlights.

Dr. Paul Hsieh is a physician in practice in South Denver. He is the co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM). He has written scores of op-eds, mostly on health care policy, as well as articles for The Objective Standard. He blogs offbeat tech news at GeekPress.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 23 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.

16 October 2013: Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)"

I interviewed peanut allergy mom Jenn Casey about "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)" 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 Two of Two. Be sure to listen to Part One."

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.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #184

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:
Laura P presents Five Traditional Fats For Health, Taste and Happiness posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Now that we all know that fat is not evil and, in fact, is very necessary for our health, we can all start to transform our kitchens into fat-loving places! For this week's Friday Five, here are 5 of my favorite traditional fats to eat and cook with....what are some of yours??"

Ruth presents On Food and Love posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Some thoughts about a unique individual and what he taught me about cooking."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents For the love of water posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "In this article I explore the hype around alkaline diets and alkaline water. And there is a little personal twist to it to make it fun!"

Kris Gunnars presents 23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Over 20 studies have compared low-carb and low-fat diets. Low-carb diets consistently lead to better results, both for weight loss and common risk factors."

Sean presents Avocado Goat Cheese Stuffed Burgers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "Recipe for Stuffed Burgers with Whipped Avocado and Goat Cheese and a Sriracha Sauce for dipping or drizzling."

Sean presents Chocolate Chip Muffins posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "These are some amazing paleo chocolate chip muffins that would be comparable to those you can find in a coffee shop or bakery."

Sabine presents Bulletproof Coffee to the Test posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Does Bulletproof Coffee really work? Find out now!"

Sabine presents Celeriac, the Ugly but Tasty vegetable posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Celeriac is an under-appreciated vegetable, but that needs to change!"

Lauren presents Healthy Treats, That’s the Trick to Supporting Pink posted at DC Healthy Bites, saying, "With 12.4% of our population diagnosed w/ breast cancer, show your support by celebrating a healthy Halloween this season."

Eileen Laird presents Mackerel in Magic Sauce posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "In an effort to get more Omega 3's in my diet, I'm expanding my seafood horizons. This week I share a delicious recipe for mackerel, but you can easily substitute tuna or salmon. The secret is in the sauce."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Path of least resistance paleo curry pork shoulder posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I think I need to start referring to myself as the lazy paleo cook. I LOVE cooking but I HATE cleaning up! Because of this, when I cook, I do it with as little hassle as possible. For me that means using a minimal number of ingredients (and cooking equipment). If I see a recipe with a laundry list of ingredients and instructions my ADHD kicks in and I start to… hey was that a bird? This recipe is super simple, and YUMMY!"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Eight things that keep me from letting it all hang out on my blog posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "To tell, or not to tell? that is the question, and I give eight answers."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Tips to keep upcoming holiday food traditions from derailing your paleo progress posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Family pressure to adhere to holiday eating traditions can be powerful. The holidays are right around the corner. Here are some tips I hope will help you make it through 'relatively' unscathed. Ha, ha. Get it?"

Hadass Eviatar presents Why My Girl is Not Vaccinated Against HPV posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "I believe that childhood vaccination has its place, but we don't need to accept every recommendation blindly. Why I decided to delay, at least, my daughter's vaccination against HPV."

Hadass Eviatar presents Everyone Needs a Chocolate Chip Cookie Sometimes posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "When you commit to a healthier lifestyle, you promise yourself you'll stay out of the cookies. Why it's OK to have one now and then - just not too often."

Nell Stephenson presents It's All Part of the Game posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert (and long time endurance athlete) Nell Stephenson shares her experience of a tough day for her at the races at this year's Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI, her 7th race there."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #109: Special Guest John Durant of The Paleo Manifesto posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "In this podcast episode I talk with John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto. We talk about his book, in which he argues for an evolutionary – and revolutionary – approach to health."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Tzatziki Sauce, A Greek Condiment with Cucumbers posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "In love with Greek food, but don't know where to start Paleo? Check out our new Tzatziki sauce, which just happens to go great with our Gyros, Hummus and Pickled Red Onions!"

Camille presents Apple Spice and Maple Scones posted at My Little Jar of Spices, saying, "A light and soft scone recipe for fall with sweet apples, familiar spices and heartwarming maple syrup - gluten-free, Paleo, low in sugar."

Tarah presents Paleo Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms with Herbed Mayonnaise posted at What I Gather, saying, "Finally putting the flavor back into ground turkey with this delicious herbed mayo. I mixed it with the turkey, onions, peppers and sun dried tomatoes and stuffed it all into a portabella mushroom."

Chris presents Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte posted at PrimalPal, saying, "Being paleo doesn't mean you have to skip a tasty latte. Here's a Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte that will satisfy your coffee shop cravings and save you a few dollars at the same time!"

Laura P presents Natural Dental Care: Something To Smile About! posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Taking care of your teeth and gums is all about nutrition, not brushing and flossing! In this post I talk all about natural dental care and prevention of cavities...tooth decay is a disease of modern living and can be prevented through proper care. Find out how!"

Sabine presents Shrimp Macadamia Burgers posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Delicious shrimpburgers with the good oils from macadamia!"

Sabine presents Chapul Cricket bar posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Would you eat insects? You would if they taste like this!"

Kevin Geary presents 3 Sugar Myths Debunked? posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "3 Sugar Myths Debunked? I don't think so. Jane Dummer's Huffington Post piece is full of logic holes and misdirection."
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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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jenn Casey on Living Safely with Food Allergies: Two Philosophy in Action Podcasts

By Diana Hsieh

Last night, I completed my two-part interview of food allergy mom Jenn Casey about "Living Safely with Food Allergies" for Philosophy in Action Radio. Food allergies are distinct from the food intolerances that often reveal themselves after a person eats paleo for a while. However, since they're increasingly common, and perhaps of great concern to some readers, I wanted to post the podcasts of the interview here.

Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies"

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.

Part One

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Topics:
  • Jenn's background
  • Food allergies versus intolerances
  • The most common food allergies
  • The increase in rates of food allergies
  • Jenn's introduction to food allergies: the peanut kaboom
  • Diagnosing food allergies
  • Food allergies in kids versus adults
  • Outgrowing allergies
  • Cures and treatments for food allergies
  • Dealing with a diagnosis
  • Managing a food allergy with a "comfort zone"
  • The dangers of not carrying an epi pen
  • Managing a food allergy in a toddler versus almost-teenager
  • The death of Natalie Giorgi
  • Epi-pen strategy
  • Life sustaining food as deadly
  • Allergies and the hygiene hypothesis
  • The topics for Part 2
Part Two

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Topics:
  • Comfort zones, again
  • Educating friends and family
  • Vistors and rules
  • Talking to kids at different ages
  • Allowing foods to the non-allergic kids
  • Conflict over comfort zones with spouses
  • Extended family not respecting comfort zones
  • Problems with other kids, including bullying
  • Unpleasant and ignorant comments
  • Accommodations in schools
  • The limited value of food labels
  • Questions for food producers and restaurants
  • Peanuts on airlines
  • The value of doctors and other support
  • The biggest challenge of food allergies
  • Preventing food allergies
  • Silver linings

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Saturday, October 12, 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.

13 October 2013

Philosophy in Action Radio will not broadcast on Sunday, 13 October 2013.
Wednesday Evening, 16 October 2013: Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)"

I'll interview peanut allergy mom Jenn Casey about "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 16 October 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? This episode is part two 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.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 16 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.

6 October 2013: Q&A on Free Speech for Corporations, Psychological Egoism, Socialist Professors, and More

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

Do corporations have free speech rights? Isn't every action selfish, ultimately? How strongly should a student object to a professor's objectionable views? Is philosophy deduced from axioms?

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, October 11, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #183

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 Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Apple cider vinegar is an old-time cure for acid reflux (A.K.A. GERD). Though it sounds counter-intuitive, there is some sense behind the madness!"

Kris Gunnars presents 7 Evidence-Based Health Reasons to Eat Meat posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Unprocessed, naturally fed meat is among the world's most nutritious foods. Here are 7 evidence-based health reasons to eat meat."

Neely Quinn presents The Formidable Force of Fear and Failure, and How to Overcome It posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "For the past month on my extended rock climbing trip, I’ve been struggling with failure, lack of confidence, and an overwhelming sense of negativity, punctuated by brief moments of triumph and poise..."

Sabine presents Brussels Sprouts and Red onion posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Another Brussels sprout favorite!"

Victoria Prince presents Where's the Beef?! posted at Principle into Practice, saying, "There's something very primal about watching a side of beef be broken down into hundreds of pounds of retail cuts."

Eileen Laird presents Does Healthy Sustainable Seafood Exist? posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Between overfishing, pollution, toxicity concerns, and food fraud, I almost stopped eating fish altogether. But they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to our health. So, I spent hours researching the question, 'Does Healthy Sustainable Seafood Exist?"."

Kevin Geary presents Your Personal Alcatraz: Has Your Mindset Become a Prison? posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "How does mindset affect your success in health, fitness, and life? What are the two outlooks your Mindset Voice can take? What is a Personal Alcatraz? And more importantly, how can you escape it? I talk about all of this and more in my latest post – Your Personal Alcatraz: Is Your Mindset a Prison? There's a lot of hidden gems in this one and I'm excited to share it with you."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents The Paleo Effect Book Is Available For Sale!! posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Our first book, The Paleo Effect is out for sale! We're up on our site, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Costco! Check it out for new recipes, not on our website like Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Hush Puppies, Shrimp Sliders and more!"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents The Paleo Effect Book Is Available For Sale!! posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Our first book, The Paleo Effect is out for sale! We're up on our site, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Costco! Check it out for new recipes, not on our website like Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Hush Puppies, Shrimp Sliders and more!"

Angel Ayala Torres and Meghan Little presents Paleo Spring Roll Salad, An Entrée with Fresh Greens and Herbs posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This fresh salad is great as an appetizer or entree! Full of fresh veggies and herbs, we suggest to eat it with our Paleo Hoisin Lime Salad Dressing! Looking for traditional spring rolls? Just wrap the ingredients in the lettuce and go!"

Jennifer Brand aka Alliefitfoodie presents SUPERFOODS: SUPERGOOD OR SUPERPHONY? posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I am seeing references to superfoods frequently nowadays. I wonder (because I'm skeptical) what a superfood really is, and if they are really as super as claims state. I did a little research on the topic in this piece to see what conclusions I could come to."

jennifer Brand aka Alliefitfoodie presents PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, DIARY FREE COOKIES: MY HAPPY ENDING posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "These cookies were an accidental discovery! I was craving a treat, so started out by dumping nuts, dried fruit and honey in my food processor. The results were delish! A light bulb went on, and I wondered what would happen if I baked the 'dough" into cookies. They came out fantastic!"

Nell Stephenson presents Are You Avoiding Paleo Because ‘Cavemen Died Young’? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson shares her thoughts on avoiding Paleo out of fear of an early death like cavemen may have had."

Mary Catherine presents Paleo Peeps in Colorado posted at Nourish Paleo Foods.

Steve Kirsch presents Book review: Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Melissa Joulwan already put out one of my favorite paleo cookbooks – Well Fed – and now she has followed it up with a bigger, better, more amazing sequel, full of new recipes, great photography and a wide-ranging approach to delicious food."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #108: Paleo Jerks, Thinning hair, Adrenal Fatigue and Aging Skin posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "A great episode with an update on The 21 Day Sugar Detox in print book. We are also talking about adrenal fatigue, thinning hair, and PALEO JERKS!"

Sean Coonce presents Harvest Your Health Bundle Review: Ginger Pecan Ice Cream posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "Harvest Your Health Bundle overview plus a teaser recipe from one of the ebooks from the bundle. Ginger Pecan Ice Cream!"

Melissa Joulwan presents Stupid Easy Paleo Review posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Learn more about Steph, the paleo chef behind 'Stupid Easy Paleo," plus watch a video of her eating chicken livers for the first time EVER!"

Sabine presents Vegetarian to Carnivore posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "How I went from being a vegetarian fro 15+ years, to full Paleo."

J. Stanton presents Book Review: “The Paleo Manifesto,” by John Durant posted at GNOLLS.ORG, saying, "An in-depth review of the newest Paleo book."

Victoria LaForge presents How Can I Better Digest Nutrients After Bypass? posted at Forgen' for Health, saying, "I have had a gastric bypass and now live the paleo lifestyle. This blog post is about what I am doing to absorb more nutrients and fat naturally through my food instead of supplements."

Salixisme presents Beef and Kidney Shepherds Pie - Paleo Style posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "The other day I was really craving red meat... and this recipe is what I came up with to combat those cravings... grass-fed beef and beef kidney in a rich gravy snuggled under mashed rutabaga..... tasty, filling and very satisfying."

Patrick Clark presents The Hunter/Gatherer Office posted at Paleo All The Way, saying, "The Body Friendly Office transforms a sedentary desk job into an all day workout. It puts you into different positions using several interactive work stations, incorporating movement, also known as N.E.A.T. ( or non-exercise activity thermogenesis) into your lifestyle. In other words, it puts some of the essential elements of the Hunter/Gatherer Lifestyle back into the modern setting. Bad-ass Paleo Sleep/Lifestyle expert Patrick Clark demonstrates in this new video."
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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Food Freedom Friday: GMO Labeling

By Monica

Most people are aware that there is a huge movement toward mandated labeling of foods containing GMOs.  This push is now occurring at the state level, even though Prop 38 failed in California.  Now, in a bizarre twist of fate, there's a proposal from General Mills CEO to do the exact opposite: mandate that everything *not* containing a GMO be labeled.  Karma's a bitch, ain't it?

I've never been supportive of labeling mandates.  For one thing, the FDA is about as scientific as the Catholic Church.  Consider these facts.

1) The FDA allows beta carotene to be listed as Vitamin A under Nutrition Facts labels.

2) Foods labeled as free of trans fats are not actually free of trans fats.

3) Independent studies have found that not all eggs are created equally.

4) The FDA supports labeling of foods as certified gluten-free that are not technically gluten-free.

Those are just four examples where the FDA gets labeling wrong.  (I discuss another example at the bottom of this article.)  You have no way of knowing the extent of incorrect information on the Nutrition Facts label when you buy a food.  More fundamentally, I oppose mandated labels on the basic principle that any action should be legal unless it's fraudulent.

Currently, the FDA allows voluntary labeling of food with regard to whether it has GMOs or not. And with that in mind, here's a thought.  Voluntary labeling already exists in the form of USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project verified.  And honestly, it's really only an issue if you eat foods that come in a box or a can or contain highly processed ingredients, since whole foods (organic or not) are almost exclusively non-GMO apart from a minority of Hawaiian papaya, squash, and zucchini.  In fact, to make it even simpler, here are ten apps to help you eat non-GMO, if you care.  Look at that.  I just told you how you can tell whether foods are GMO, and I did it without spending a penny.

What about labeling on the other side?  To my knowledge, it doesn't exist, because the food industry doesn't want to.  And that's what so hilariously bogus about the claims of the food industry.  The entire argument of food processing companies revolves around the idea that the American public is, by and large, just too dumb and scientifically illiterate to comprehend how awesome their products are, so they need to be protected by the FDA.

Maybe these companies could re-learn the American capitalist mentality that existed in the good ole days, where they are actually proud of the products they produce and seek to educate the public about them, rather than capturing regulatory agencies to rubber-stamp their activities, all the while spending close to $100 million to be deliberately obscurantist.  What a concept.  I suggest this label: "This product was proudly produced using biotechnology!" or perhaps this: "We use GMOs and we think they're great!"

If you can't educate consumers about your product and you have to rely on the protection of the FDA to keep the market share you have, you might not deserve that market share.  This is why rBST-milk has largely gone the way of the Dodo Bird, despite Monsanto and Eli Lilly spending tens of millions on numerous lawsuits to protect the American public from free speech, until they and the FDA were finally slapped down in court in 2010.  This may also be why the market share for organic food has grown at twice the percentage as conventional food each year for the past decade, and is predicted to balloon from its current 6% of the market to 30% of the market in just four more years.

cross-posted from Free Agriculture / Restore Markets

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

New Joel Salatin Interview: "Why Are We Growing Corn?"

By Monica

"At the end of the day, altruism doesn't put shoes on your feet or pay your taxes.  Profit is the lifeblood of a business."

This is an excellent little interview in which Joel Salatin discusses why conventional farmers -- for example, a midwestern farmer doing corn and soybean rotations -- find it difficult and financially disruptive to convert over to grass-based farming, even when it's more profitable.  And he gives them some advice.



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Saturday, October 05, 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, 6 October 2013: Q&A on Free Speech, Psychological Egoism, Conflict with Professors, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 6 October 2013.
  • Question 1: Free Speech of Corporations: Do corporations have free speech rights? Many leftists (including left-libertarians) are vehemently opposed to the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision, which recognized that corporations have the right to speak in elections. Do corporations have rights? What would it mean for corporations not to have rights – including the right to speak freely, to contract, or to own property? Should corporations be considered "persons" under the law?
  • Question 2: Psychological Egoism: Isn't every action selfish, ultimately? Unless coerced, people act however they deems best at that moment. Even if that action is self-destructive, aren't they acting selfishly, so as to satisfy their own desires? Even paragons of altruism act because they want to help people, please God, or save the environment: that's what makes them happy. So isn't true, deep-down altruism impossible?
  • Question 3: Objecting to a Professor's Views: How strongly should a student object to a professor's objectionable views? I am a senior undergraduate in liberal arts major at a public university. I'm currently taking a class with the bleak subject matter of genocide. My blatantly socialist teacher presents her views in discussions of the Armenian genocide, the “genocide” in Soviet Russia, and the Holocaust. Often, she ignores the role of religion and flawed socialist policies. Also, she blames greed and capitalism to an unreasonable degree for the woes of the aforementioned countries. How should I respond to these objectionable claims of hers? How much should I try to undermine her wrongheaded views?
  • Question 4: Deduction from Axioms: Is philosophy deduced from axioms? Often, I hear people claim that philosophy – particularly Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism – is deduced from axioms. Is that right? Personally, I don't see how that can be: How can anything be deduced from "existence exists"? But if that's right, then what's the purpose of the axioms?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 6 October 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, 9 October 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.

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

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

When should I respect a person's request to keep information secret? Can a person choose an ultimate value other than his own life? How should a person approach the study of history? Can life be morally black and white?

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

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

I interviewed Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur about "Occupational Licensing Versus the Right to Earn a Living" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"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, discourage entrepreneurs, 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. He blogs at Freespace.

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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