Saturday, November 30, 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 most 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, 1 December 2013: Q&A on Suicide, Atheism, Irrational People, Rational Education, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 1 December 2013.
  • Question 1: Rational Suicide: When would suicide be rational? What conditions make suicide a proper choice? Are there situations other than a terminal illness or living in a dictatorship – such as the inability to achieve sufficient values to lead a happy life – that justify the act of suicide?
  • Question 2: Deep-Down Atheism: How can I convince myself, deep-down, that God does not exist? I was raised Catholic, although I was never deeply religious. Now, many years later, a friend is showing me Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. I can see its benefits, but my religious upbringing still lingers in the back of my head. So part of me still thinks that God exists, even though I don't really believe that any longer. It was just engrained in me from such a young age that I can't seem to let it go. Can I change that? If so, how?
  • Question 3: Responsibility for Another's Medical Emergencies: Is it wrong to walk away from a person who suffers from repeated medical emergencies due to their own irresponsibility? Over a year ago, I was the tenant of a type-1 diabetic who refused to eat properly. As a result, I regularly had to call the ambulance for her, as she would allow her blood-sugar to drop to dangerous levels, such that she couldn't think or move for herself. She never learned anything from these experiences. She never put emergency food within reach, for example. So a few days or weeks later, I would have to call the ambulance again. I believe that I was being forced – literally – to take care of her. I feared that I'd face manslaughter or other criminal charges if I left her alone in that state. Would it have been morally proper for me to leave her in that state without any advance warning? Should that be legally permissible?
  • Question 4: Education in a Free Society: What would a rational system of educational system look like in a free society? Everyone knows that the government education system is flawed in many ways. Many private schools aren't terribly different from public schools in their basic format and teachings. How might a school based on rational principles function? What would it teach – and by what style? Apart from questions of funding, how would it differ from current government schools?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 1 December 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

24 November 2013: Q&A on Change in Islam, Appearance and Self-Esteem, and More

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

Can Islam change for the better? How is a person's appearance related to self-esteem?

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.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #190

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 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coffee posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the diet. It has many health benefits, such as improved brain function and a lower risk of serious diseases."

Nell Stephenson presents What’s The Point of Paleo? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo Expert Nell Stephenson writes about what the premise of the real Paleo Diet is about."

Paul Jaminet presents October-November at the Perfect Health Retreat posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "Ancestral diet and lifestyle works again: at our most recent Retreat we had excellent health results against chronic fatigue, disturbed sleep, obesity, neck pain, and GERD."

Melissa Joulwan presents Gratitude Giveaway posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "To celebrate the release of Well Fed 2, I have a hugs giveaway of my favorite paleo goodies, including Lava Lake Lamb, Tendergrass Farms beef, Lunchbots, Goodbody Baked Goods, Chomps Snack Sticks, Paleo Magazine, Primal Pacs, and Carbonell olive oil."

Sabine presents A week of Bulletproof Coffee posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Have you ever had bulletproof coffee? I tried it for a week and kept a journal!"

Sabine presents Avocado Brownie posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A supermoist, low carb brownie without the guilt!"

Sabine presents Celeriac Hash Browns posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A great alternative for regular hash browns!"

Tarah presents Chervil Spiced Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms posted at What I Gather, saying, "Holiday ready stuffed mushrooms with the taste of Chervil, the ingredient from my Paleo Pen Pal this month!"

Eileen Laird presents Your Paleo Holiday Survival Guide posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The holidays are meant to be about beautiful things: celebration, love, family, fellowship. But they come wrapped in a package that includes stress, pressure and a tradition of foods we can no longer eat. So, how does a Paleo Warrior survive? I share 15 tips for making it through the holidays intact."

Eileen Laird presents Simple Marinated Chicken Hearts posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I know organ meat is good for me, so I make sure I eat some every week. But that doesn't mean I always find it tasty. The first time I had chicken hearts, they were decidedly chewy (and not in a pleasant way). I've been experimenting with recipes ever since, and finally came up with one that's easy and delicious. This is so good, I would eat it every night, if I could."

Kevin Geary presents 5 Ways Heart Healthy Vegetable Oils are Blowing Up Your Biomarkers posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "Americans get 20% of their calories from vegetable and seed oils. Here's 5 compelling reasons why vegetable oils are harming people and what they can do to fight back."

The Cavegirls presents Southern Pecan Pie Revisited posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "this year I decided to take another stab at remaking Mama’s Traditional Southern Pecan Pie without the grains and refined sugars. In this version, I went back to the original recipe and worked on substituting healthy ingredients for the not-so-good ones. The main bad ingredients were the sugar and corn syrup that make up the gooey layer in the middle. I decided to use maple syrup and molasses for the sweetener and then used some unflavored gelatin along with my eggs to give the middle layer some strength and help it become more gooey rather than runny. I’m pretty happy with the result, and the rest of the family agreed that it was pretty close to a traditional southern pecan pie."

Laura P presents Paleo Pecan Pie For The Soul posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "This is the essential grain-free dessert you will want to make this holiday season! It's honey-sweetened and GAPS friendly, too!"

Neely Quinn presents Your Turkey Day Workout posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "So, it’s coming. We all know it. The biggest, most baddest cheat day of the year. I’m going to advise you on how to do a little damage control before the meal even starts."

Amy Kubal presents 8 'Feel Great' Turkey Day Rules For A Happy and Healthy Holiday posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Here's a short list of 'rules' to help you survive the holiday season of eating."

Steve Kirsch presents A Scottish-tinged Tale of Thanksgiving posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Over-imbibing, 2 a.m. drunk/sleepwalking, chaotic scenes in the kitchen.... Happy ^%$#ing Thanksgiving!"

Steve Kirsch presents The Middle Way of CrossFit, a.k.a. Why CrossFit isn't just for the "badasses" and also isn't going to kill you posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "There is a lot of hyperbole in both directions about CrossFit. Yeah, it can be a 'sport" or a way to get injured, but it can also be a highly efficient way to stay fit . My attempt to find a path of moderation."

Salixisme presents Beet-loaf (Meatloaf) posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Meatloaf with added beets - it HAD to be called a Beet-loaf.... The beets add a slightly sweet earthy quality to the grass-fed ground beef. They also keep it deliciously moist. It is also a good way to get extra veggies in your diet – perfect if you are feeding a picky eater…."
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, November 25, 2013

Link-O-Rama

By Diana Hsieh

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Saturday, November 23, 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 most 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, 24 November 2013: Q&A on Change in Islam, Appearance, Suicide, Atheism, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 24 November 2013.
  • Question 1: Positive Change in Islam: Can Islam change for the better? Many critics of Islam claim that the religion is inherently totalitarian, violent, and repressive – and hence, that change for the better is utterly impossible. An Islamic reformation or enlightenment will never happen, they say. Is that true? More generally, what are the limits of a religion's ties to its own scriptures?
  • Question 2: Self-Esteem and Appearance: How is a person's appearance related to self-esteem? Should a rational person care much about his body – including height, weight, musculature, beauty, and so on? Is that second-handed somehow? How much effort should a person exert to make himself look the way he wants to look? Should a person's looks affect his self-esteem? Do a person's looks reveal his character or self-esteem to others?
  • Question 3: Rational Suicide: When would suicide be rational? What conditions make suicide a proper choice? Are there situations other than a terminal illness or living in a dictatorship – such as the inability to achieve sufficient values to lead a happy life – that justify the act of suicide?
  • Question 4: Deep-Down Atheism: How can I convince myself, deep-down, that God does not exist? I was raised Catholic, although I was never deeply religious. Now, many years later, a friend is showing me Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. I can see its benefits, but my religious upbringing still lingers in the back of my head. So part of me still thinks that God exists, even though I don't really believe that any longer. It was just engrained in me from such a young age that I can't seem to let it go. Can I change that? If so, how?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 24 November 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts

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

17 November 2013: Q&A on Moral Responsibility, Statism's Wreckage, Privacy in Marriage, and More

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

What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility? What are the most significant values destroyed by statism? Should I leave my inmate boyfriend? Are spouses entitled to privacy with each other?

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, November 22, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #189

By Diana Hsieh

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

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

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

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

Here is this week's edition:
Kevin Geary presents The 21 Day Habit Myth posted at The Rebooted Body, saying, "Everyone struggles with breaking habits and patterns and forming new ones. I refer to this as 'pattern paralysis." The conventional wisdom that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit is way off. In this article I discuss the 21 day myth, where habits and patterns come from, and give clear action steps on how to break through pattern paralysis."

Ruth presents 5 Reasons You Should Make Your Own Yogurt (and a bonus reason) posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Do you want a good reason to make your own yogurt? I've got 5 good reasons (and a bonus reason)."

Kris Gunnars presents 10 Myths Within The Low-Carb Community posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Group thinking can lead to a distorted view of the science and many myths get passed around as fact. These 10 myths are common among low-carbers."

Eileen Laird presents 75 Paleo AIP Thanksgiving Recipes posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "When you’re on a healing diet, the traditional holiday foods go through a transformation. Some people see it as a cause for grief. I see it as a cause to celebrate! Look at these amazingly delicious and healing recipes! Food has never tasted so good."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Simply simple paleo macaroons posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I grew up on macaroons. They were always one of my favorites. Super sweet, coconut-y, gooey-ness that sticks to your fingers when you hold it in preparation for plowing it into your mouth to savor that amaze balls flavor. You know those French style macaroons that look like sandwich cookies? That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind you can find at a good [Jewish] deli. The kind you eat for Passover. Yeah, those are the ones. Here's my paleo take on them!"

Sabine presents Best Low Carb/Paleo bread recipe posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "After many experiments, this is my best bread creation ever!"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents A Paleo Lifestyle Thanksgiving! posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "We're starting the weekend off right with our Thanksgiving roundup! What better way to start planning for the greatest holiday of the year by getting all of your ideas from one place?! No easier way to get everything from Coconut Curried Butternut Squash Soup to Pumpkin Creme Brûlée to 'Buttered" Pecan Ice Cream to Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries! From our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!"

Neely Quinn presents Sneak Peek at New Paleo Restaurant's Recipes (Recipe Inside) posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Blooming Beets is a new Paleo restaurant that's opening up in Boulder, Colorado! Check out one of the recipes they'll have in their restaurant."

Nell Stephenson presents A Paleo Guest at a Non Paleo Thanksgiving? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson offers tips for staying Paleo at a non Paleo Thanksgivin."

Tarah presents Paleo Veggie and Bacon Breakfast Pizza posted at What I Gather, saying, "A delicious paleo pizza with an egg 'crust" and shredded yellow squash "cheese"! I used mushrooms, peppers and bacon, but you can use any combination of meat and veggies that you have on hand!"

Sam presents Maple Chai Scones posted at Maple Chai Scones , saying, "Moist chai scones with a maple glaze."

Sabine presents Top 10 Holiday gift ideas posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Some great suggestions for the holiday season!"

Melissa Joulwan presents My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "All of these recipes are paleo and all but the desserts are Whole30 approved. Have a happy Thanksgiving!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents FAQ: How do I treat (or prevent) a cold or flu naturally? [with video] posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "This week we have an awesome post with 10 easy, and paleo, ways to treat a cold or the flu naturally! Plus a bonus video!"

Diana presents Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) Update — 2 Months posted at Chronic Chic, saying, "Here's my latest update on how the AIP is going for me so far."

Laura P presents Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Grain-Free, Honey-Sweetened) posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Perfect for a holiday gathering or even just a chilly night at home, these grain-free and honey-sweetened cupcakes are absolutely delicious...and a breeze to make!! Your guests will love you for serving these at your party!!"
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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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Paul Hsieh PJMedia Column: Will Tomorrow’s Medical Innovations Be There When You Need Them?

By Paul Hsieh

PJ Media recently published my latest OpEd, "Will Tomorrow’s Medical Innovations Be There When You Need Them?"

My basic theme is that we must protect the freedoms necessary for the advancement of medical technology.

I start with a pair of vignettes:

How much has American medicine changed in the past 30 years?

Let’s turn the clock back to 1983. A middle-aged man, Dan, is crossing the street on a busy midday Monday. An inattentive driver runs a red light and plows into Dan at 45 mph, sending him flying across the pavement. Bystanders immediately call for help. An ambulance rushes Dan to the nearest hospital. In the ER, the doctors can’t stabilize his falling blood pressure. They prep him for emergency surgery. The trauma surgeon tries desperately to stop the internal bleeding from his badly fractured pelvis but is unsuccessful. Dan dies on the operating table.

The surgeon gives Dan’s wife the sad news: “I’m sorry, but your husband’s injuries were too severe. We did everything we could. But we weren’t able to save him.”

Fast forward to 2013. Dan’s now-grown son Don suffers the same accident. But within minutes of his arrival in the ER, he’s sent for a rapid trauma body CT scan that shows the extent of the pelvic fractures — and more importantly, shows two badly torn blood vessels that can’t be easily reached with surgery.

An interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into the femoral artery in Don’s right leg. Watching live on the fluoroscopy screen, the radiologist skillfully guides the catheter through the various twists and turns of the arterial system and positions it at the first of the two “bleeders.” From within the blood vessel, he injects specially designed “microcoils” into the torn artery and stops the bleeding. He then guides the catheter to the second bleeder and repeats the procedure. Don’s blood pressure recovers. The surgeons now have time to repair Don’s pelvic fractures and other internal injuries.

The surgeons give Don’s wife the good news: “Your husband’s injuries were pretty bad. But we were able to fix everything. He’ll still have to go through recovery and physical therapy. But he should be back to normal in six months”...
For more, read the full text of "Will Tomorrow’s Medical Innovations Be There When You Need Them?"

(The material for the opening vignettes was drawn from a pair of excellent talks presented last month at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Emergency Radiology. )

Update: A great example of medical innovation coming from unexpected places was this 11/14/2013 New York Times article describing how an Argentinian car mechanic saw a Youtube video on how to extract a stuck cork from a wine bottle and realized it could also be used to help extract babies stuck in the birth canal.















His idea will be manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company and has already undergone initial successful safety testing in humans. It could save the lives of many babies in Third World countries and also reduce the need for Caesarean section in industralized countries.  (Via Gus Van Horn.)

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Saturday, November 16, 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, 17 November 2013: Q&A on Moral Responsibility, Statism's Wreckage, Privacy in Marriage, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 17 November 2013.
  • Question 1: Free Will and Moral Responsibility: What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility? To me, the concept of free will found in debates about determinism seems different from the concept of free will relevant to questions of moral responsibility. The former is a metaphysical concept, and a person either has free will or not. The latter is a psychological concept, and it seems to be a matter of degree based on nature and nurture. However, psychological free will seems to presuppose metaphysical free will. Is that right? What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility?
  • Question 2: Values Destroyed by Statism: What are the most significant values destroyed by statism? In other words, what values would be available to us — or more available — in a laissez-faire, rational society that are limited or unavailable to us today? What are some of the major (and perhaps under-appreciated) values destroyed or precluded by government overreach? To put the question another way: How would a proper government improve our lives?
  • Question 3: Leaving an Inmate Boyfriend: Should I leave my inmate boyfriend? I am in a dilemma. My current boyfriend is in prison serving a six year sentence. He has been away for a year and a half. It took over two years for the legal matters to be settled and for him to finally get a sentence. This is also my first ever boyfriend and I am already 26. Is it wrong for me to want to move on with my life? After he gets out (if no appeal is granted) he will be forced into a very limited lifestyle being on a sex offender list. I keep thinking about trying to make new friends and what I should and should not disclose to them. Right now, I live with his parents and work with his mother. I feel like I am cornered and am drowning in this huge mess. I want my own life, but with zero support and friends I am terrified of the risk. Do I stick it out? Or do I suck it up and leave him, my home, and my job?
  • Question 4: Privacy in Marriage: Are spouses entitled to privacy with each other? My wife thinks that she should have access to all my online accounts, including my email. I don't have any secrets from her, and my email doesn't contain anything scandalous. Still, I don't want her prying into my conversations, and I don't see that she has any reason to do so. I've never given her any reason to distrust me. Aren't I entitled to some privacy in my marriage?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 17 November 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

10 November 2013: Q&A on Social Influence, Accepting Welfare, Government Scientists, and More

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

Should a person try to 'win friends and influence people'? Should a person without other options accept welfare from the government? Is it wrong to write essays I don't believe to win contest money? Would the government of a free society employ scientists?

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

15 November 2013: Podcast on "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One"

I podcast on "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One" on Friday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"In this podcast, I read Chapter One of my new book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame. Chapter One introduces Thomas Nagel's problem of moral luck, then surveys the three major types of moral luck – resultant moral luck, circumstantial moral luck, and constitutive moral luck. The problem of moral luck is not merely some small problem in ethics. It threatens to undermine any and all moral praise and blame of persons. It also provides the foundation for John Rawls' arguments for an egalitarian political order. This chapter concludes by surveying the book as a whole, chapter by chapter. Chapter One is also freely available as a PDF."

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

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Friday, November 15, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #188

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 6 Shocking Reasons Why Gluten is Bad For You posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat. It can cause significant harm to a lot of people. Here are 6 shocking reasons why gluten is bad for you."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Fatty liver. Fat isn’t always where it’s at. posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "My usual motto is “fat is where it’s at!” when it comes to including healthy, real food, paleo style fats in your diet. HOWEVER, I have to modify this statement for this post. Fat IS where it's at, but not when it comes to fatty liver."

Paul Jaminet presents The Healthfulness of Eggs posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "A vegan pointed us to a paper arguing that egg consumption is associated with colon cancer. But they are also associated with good health and long life!"

Amy Kubal presents A Few Good Snacks posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Are looking for some convenient and delicious paleo snack options? Checkout this post - from athlete to hardcore keto diet -there's something here for everyone!"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Cranberry Chocolate Bars, A Healthy Snack with Nuts and Fruit posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "These snack bars are great for taking on the road…or to work…or to the gym…well, anywhere you need a snack! Full of sweetness, fruit and nuts!"

Nell Stephenson presents Fine Dining Paleo Style is Breeze in Los Angeles posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson,, saying, "Paleo Expert Nell Stephenson writes about an incredible haute cuisine Paleo style, restaurant, she recently had the opportunity to experience at Breeze, in Century City."

Neely Quinn presents The One Food I Never Ever Eat posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "What's the one food I don't ever touch - not even in restaurants? And why?"

Steve Kirsch presents "Occasion" versus "Habit" posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Most of us go off-roading from the paleo highway. Whether that experience is merely an 'occasion" or becomes a "habit" may be critical in your success with paleo eating."

Ute presents Today I am beautiful posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, "A blog post on how a big post surgery scar can actually make you feel better about yourself."

Ute presents Paleo Apple Fritters posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, "A super delicious apple fritters recipe."

Salixisme presents How to make coconut milk and coconut flour posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Making your own coconut milk is simple, inexpensive and easy, and you know exactly what has gone into it. And the bonus is that you can dry out the residue and make coconut flour out of it as well....."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #113: Listener Q&A – Body Image Perspective and Body Composition posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "This week's podcast is all about body image and perspective, along with a 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook update!"

Steve Kirsch presents An Autumnal Paleo Tale posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Autumn. Dogs. Squirrels. We can't be serious all the time in Paleo World."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Keep track of your progress posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "We take a quick look at why keeping a fitness/workout journal is important and what format (digital or analog) might be best for you."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Extreme workout shows vs. Power of Ten posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "They might be exciting to watch, but are competitive weight loss shows more dangerous than effective?"
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, November 12, 2013

Link-O-Rama

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Saturday, November 09, 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, 10 November 2013: Q&A on Social Influence, Accepting Welfare, Government Scientists, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 10 November 2013.
  • Question 1: Winning Friends and Influencing People: Should a person try to "win friends and influence people"? In the classic book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," Dale Carnegie offers a wide range of advice on how to get what you want from other people. Some of this seems manipulative or second-handed, but is that right? Is the advice in the book of genuine value to a rational egoist seeking honest trade with others?
  • Question 2: Accepting Government Welfare: Should a person without other options accept welfare from the government? I've had generalized anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. I live in Sweden, and my government has so many labor regulations that no business can hire me, and charities don't exist to help me. Is it wrong, in such a case, to accept government assistance? I don't have any savings, and it seems like my only other options are criminal activity and suicide.
  • Question 3: Mercenary Essay Contest Writing: Is it wrong to write essays I don't believe to win contest money? I am a current university student with severe financial limitations. I've found that one of my best assets is my knack for writing a solid, persuasive essay. Recently, I've come across a trove of very generous scholarship essay contests. I feel confident that I could write a solid essay for most of them. The problem is that the majority are funded by organizations whose values I don't support. Specifically, I'd have to write essays in favor of social and political policies with which I disagree. Would it be moral for me to enter these writing competitions? If I did, would I just be demonstrating my writing ability - or misleading the sponsor into thinking that I agree with what I've written?
  • Question 4: Government Scientists in a Free Society: Would the government of a free society employ scientists? In a fully free society, would there be any scientists employed full-time by the government for police, legislative, or judicial services? If not, how would judges obtain the necessary scientific knowledge to make proper rulings in the court cases that would replace today's environmental and other regulations? Might scientists be hired by the government of a free society for the military or other purposes?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 10 November 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

3 November 2013: Q&A on Free Market Reforms, Empathy and Morality, and More

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

Should free-market reforms be gradual or instantaneous? What is the relationship between empathy and morality?

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.
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Friday, November 08, 2013

The Paleo Rodeo #187

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 6 Graphs That Show Why The “War” on Fat Was a Huge Mistake posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "The 'war on fat" is the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition and modern medicine. These 6 graphs show how terribly wrong the low-fat advice has been."

Jennifer Brand, aka Alliefitfoodie presents Goodness gracious great balls of meat posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "Paleo Pen Pals! Yep, that’s right! There is a group called Paleo Pen Pals. I stumbled upon them on Facebook towards the end of October. What an interesting concept I thought. Folks get paired up, send each other a paleo friendly ingredient, and each recipient is tasked with making something with the ingredient they receive. This recipe was created with ingredients my pen pal sent me."

Neely Quinn presents 3 Ways to Deal with Food Cravings posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Food cravings are the #1 killer of diets all across the planet. They’re insidious, nasty buggers that come out of nowhere and destroy even the best of dietary intentions. Let's try to change that."

Sabine presents Spinach and Egg bake posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A great recipe for weekend brunch!"

Sabine presents Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Chicken posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A spice and easy chicken bake!"

Sabine presents Whole30 Page posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "For those of you that started the Whole30, this page will be a great help in your Whole30 challenge!"

Ruth presents Perfect Paleo Stir Fry posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "I didn’t intend to write a post about a stir-fry. I was simply minding my own business, making myself some lunch. But it turned out so pretty and delicious, that I had to write this post."

Eileen Laird presents Charle's Healed Ankylosing Spondylitis with Paleo posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune condition that affects the spine. At its worst, Charles lived a life of constant, debilitating pain, where pain medication had no effect. His disease also caused a dangerous heart condition. After 2 weeks on a no-starch version of the paleo diet, his pain reduced to a 0-1. Two years later, he continues to maintain the diet, and his heart condition has healed."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Beef Stroganoff, A Hearty Entrée with Zucchini Ribbons posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Looking for something hearty to warm up those cold nights? Well, this recipe will do it! Grassfed beef, zucchini ribbons, carrots, leeks and a delicious sauce sure to please the whole family!"

Eileen Laird presents Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "If you're on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, recipes can be hard to find. This roundtable is here to help. Every week, I'll be hosting a linkup, where other bloggers can share AIP-friendly recipes. It will be like getting a new cookbook every week. If you're not on the AIP, check out the recipes anyway; they're bound to be delicious, and we all love good food!"

Steve Kirsch presents A bad MTHFR.... posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "A not-very-safe-for-the-workplace exploration of two common mutations on the MTHFR gene, and what you (and I, since I have both of them) should be doing about it with diet, etc. Full of questionable attempts at humor and less-questionable attempts at providing information."

Sabine presents Ginger Sprouts posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Add some flavor to your sprouts!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Monday Motivation: Setbacks and Failures posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "A great post this week on how and why to keep going after a setback! 'A setback does not ruin the progress you have made during your nutrition challenge, and you will be okay. Just realize what led to the mistake, have compassion on yourself, and keep going."."

Sean presents Colorado Visit: 100 Year Flood and Great News from the Neurologist posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "Write up of my current progress to treat epilepsy utilizing a paleo approach. Contains information for Epilepsy Awareness Month as well."

Nell Stephenson presents For Crying Out Loud, It's Just Food! posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about how the word 'Paleo' is getting far too overused and taken out of context."

Salixisme presents Poached Chicken Lunch Meat posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Rolled chicken breasts poached in bone broth to make a deliciously moist lunch meat. The best thing about this is that you know exactly what has gone in to it."

Melissa Joulwan presents Crispy, Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "I cracked the code on crispy sweet potato fries!"

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents Make your own Lara bars posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Easy peasy recipes for making your own Lara bars, and it's cheaper than buying them."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents How to use your mind to accomplish your fitness goals posted at Paleo Connections, saying, "Mind over matter isn't just a tired old comedy gag any more. How you feel about your workouts and eating clean and have an impact on whether or not you succeed for fail. Find out how."

The Cavegirls presents Lemon Muffins posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "This Lemon Muffin is a coconut – almond flour combo that is just what I was looking for. It's fluffy, lemony and just sweet enough. You can add poppy seeds to it if you like them. Give this lemon muffin a try and chances are you you'll add it to your favorite's list."

Tarah presents Individual Grain Free Peach and Apricot Cobbler posted at What I Gather, saying, "Warm, peach and apricot filling, topped with a sweet, buttery crumb topping - this tiny treat has all the flavor of a delicious peach cobbler in an individual serving size that will leave you satisfied, without a pan full of leftovers calling your name from the fridge."

Meghanne Reburn presents Eating Paleo in the Fourth Trimester posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "In this final post in a four part series, Meghanne gives some practical paleo friendly suggestions to help support a cavemama and new her baby in the often ignored fourth trimester."

Laura P presents Spicy Giardiniera (Pickled Cauliflower) posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "This spicy pickled cauliflower is the perfect condiment or side dish to get more veggies and fermented foods in your diet...you can make them as mild or spicy as you like, and even kids will love them!"
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, November 02, 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, 3 November 2013: Q&A on Free Market Reforms, Empathy, Accepting Welfare, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 3 November 2013.
  • Question 1: The Speed of Free Market Reforms: Should free-market reforms be gradual or instantaneous? Many advocates of free markets concede that reforms toward capitalism should be gradual. For example, Yaron Brook said recently about abolishing Social Security, "There is no way to eliminate it tomorrow. There is no way to eliminate it... cold turkey." (See: ) But why not? What's wrong with the "cold turkey" approach? Is the concern simply that the only way to get people to accept reforms is to make them slowly? Or would it be somehow unjust to cut off people's entitlements suddenly, given that they've come to depend on them?
  • Question 2: The Role of Empathy in Morality: What is the relationship between empathy and morality? Must a person possess a strong sense of empathy to be moral? Is empathy an important quality of character or moral emotion – or the most important? What's the role of empathy in a rational person's life?
  • Question 3: Accepting Government Welfare: Should a person without other options accept welfare from the government? I've had generalized anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. I live in Sweden, and my government has so many labor regulations that no business can hire me, and charities don't exist to help me. Is it wrong, in such a case, to accept government assistance? I don't have any savings, and it seems like my only other options are criminal activity and suicide.
  • Question 4: Mercenary Essay Contest Writing: Is it wrong to write essays I don't believe to win contest money? I am a current university student with severe financial limitations. I've found that one of my best assets is my knack for writing a solid, persuasive essay. Recently, I've come across a trove of very generous scholarship essay contests. I feel confident that I could write a solid essay for most of them. The problem is that the majority are funded by organizations whose values I don't support. Specifically, I'd have to write essays in favor of social and political policies with which I disagree. Would it be moral for me to enter these writing competitions? If I did, would I just be demonstrating my writing ability - or misleading the sponsor into thinking that I agree with what I've written?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 3 November 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

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

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

How forthcoming should I be with new people I meet about my checkered past? Should sports teams with racist names change them? Should a person respect signs prohibiting guns in certain areas? Does a person owe others an explanation for unfriending them on Facebook?

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

Recent Blog Posts


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

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

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