Saturday, April 26, 2014

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, 27 April 2014: Q&A on Ambition, Lacking Friends, Absent Fathers, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 27 April 2014.
  • Question 1: Ambition as a Virtue: Is ambition a virtue? Is ambition properly regarded as a virtue? Ayn Rand defined ambition as "the systematic pursuit of achievement and of constant improvement in respect to one's goal." If we apply ambition only to rational goals – as happens with the virtue of integrity, where loyalty to values only constitutes integrity if those values are rational – then could ambition be considered a virtue? Or at least, could ambition be an aspect of a virtue like productiveness?
  • Question 2: Happiness without Close Friends: How can I maintain my sense of self when surrounded by people I don't relate to deeply? At places like work I have trouble relating to my coworkers on a significantly deep level. For the most part, we just don't share the deepest or most important aspects of life, such as a genuine interests in ideas, various nuances of the culinary arts, and so on. However, I enjoy interacting with these people, but I'm not likely to engage in frequent outings and whatnot. Yet, in other aspects of life – for the time – I don't have the ability to deal with people I share a "like soul" with, in Aristotle paraphrased terms. Thus, how can I truthfully express my personality and values while maintaining, or even deepening, my friendship with these people? I feel like I'm "faking" myself too often.
  • Question 3: Refusing Involvement in a Biological Child's Life: It is wrong to refuse any involvement in my biological child's life? Some years back I had a contraceptive malfunction, and a child was conceived as a result. I offered to pay for an abortion but the woman refused. The child was born, and the mother and child moved away. I voluntarily pay child support, but I have no desire to be part of the child's life. I never wanted to be a father nor do I want to now. Am I right – morally and legally – to take this stance?
  • Question 4: Responsibility for a Sibling: Is a person responsible for his incapable sibling? Imagine that your brother (or sister) is not capable of taking care of himself: he makes poor choices, he has poor work habits, and he is emotionally immature. Are you thereby responsible for him? Should you try to help as much as possible, so long as you don't drag yourself down? Or should you refuse to help on the principle of "tough love," even though that won't help him take care of himself? If you take the latter approach, doesn't that mean that you're foisting the care for your sibling on society? Wouldn't that be shirking your responsibilities as a sibling? Also, does your responsibility depend on whether your brother is incapable due to his own choices, as opposed to merely bad luck?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 27 April 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

20 April 2014: Q&A on Immanuel Kant, Virtuous But Not Happy, Abortion Rights, and More

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

What's so bad about the philosophy of Immanuel Kant? How can I live more joyfully? How can abortion rights be more effectively defended?

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, April 25, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #211

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:
Eileen Laird presents Coconut Creamed Collards posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "My love of greens just keeps growing, and this is my favorite way to prepare collard greens. The sweetness of the coconut and shallots pairs perfectly with the slightly bitter greens, and the collards themselves act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, detox support and digestive aids. How cool is that? This is why Terry Wahls and Sarah Ballantyne both say, 'Eat your veggies!"."

Eileen Laird presents My New Column in Paleo Magazine posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I’m honored to join a very talented group of people already writing regular columns for the only print magazine in the paleo community. In each issue, I’ll be focusing on an important aspect of autoimmune healing. Here’s a sneak peek of my first column."

Steve Kirsch presents The one thing I forgot to say on that Paleo FX panel posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "I was on the 'Beyond Food" panel at PaleoFX, and I said everything I wanted to, except this. An N=1 tale of stress and how its absence can drastically improve digestion."

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo expert Nell Stephenson offers a special drawing for a complimentary one hour consult to anyone who sends her their receipt from the purchase of the Primal Kit Bundle posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson offers a special drawing for a complimentary one hour consult to anyone who sends her their receipt from the purchase of the Primal Kit Bundle from her."

Salixisme presents Gravlax (Cured Salmon) posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Gravlax is a Nordic (Norwegian and Swedish) cured salmon dish, where the fish is cured in a mixture of salt and sugar, usually with dill, and is then consumed raw. I modified a traditional gravlax recipe to remove the sugar. If you love smoked salmon, you will most likely love this fish preparation as well."

Salixisme presents Lacto-Fermented Cucumber Relish posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "This is the relish that I made to go with the gravlax. It is a naturally fermented relish with a pleasant tangy flavour, and none of the harshness that vinegar containing relishes have. It is very simple to make and full of healthy, gut-friendly probiotics."

Venus Kalami presents It's Not Just About You posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "An informative post on how your gut bacteria influence almost every aspect of your health!"

Tarah presents Hatch Green Chile Apple Stuffed Chicken posted at What I Gather, saying, "Chicken stuffed with sweet apples and spicy peppers!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #136: Gluten-free negativity, Botox, nutrition practice laws, and pesticide exposure. posted at Balanced Bites .

Jai Kessha (Formerly Patrick Clark) presents Breathability and Temperature Regulation of Bedding Materials posted at Paleo All the Way, saying, "Synthetic bedding materials cut off the body's subtle electrical field and compromise sleep. You may eat paleo, but if you don't sleep paleo, you haven't gone all the way yet. Read this to find out why and how."

Laura P presents How To Make Your Own Continuous Brew Kombucha posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Making your own kombucha at home can be really easy and fun, once you get the hang of it! Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to brew your own, using the continuous brew method, to get the tastiest and healthiest kombucha possible! Plus, you'll save a lot on the store-bought stuff!"
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, April 19, 2014

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, 20 April 2014: Q&A on Immanuel Kant, Living Joyfully, Abortion Rights, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 20 April 2014.
  • Question 1: The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: What's so bad about the philosophy of Immanuel Kant? In academic philosophy, Kant is often regarded as the culmination of the Enlightenment. According to this standard view, Kant sought to save reason from skeptics such as Hume, he aimed to ground ethics in reason, and he defended human autonomy and liberty. In contrast, Ayn Rand famously regarded Kant as "the most evil man in mankind's history." She rejected his metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, saying that "the philosophy of Kant is a systematic rationalization of every major psychological vice." Who is right here? What's right or wrong with his philosophy?
  • Question 2: Living Joyfully: How can I live more joyfully? I believe that the world is a wonderful place full of opportunity, great things, and lovely people. I also believe that I am an efficacious person, and therefore capable of flourishing and achieving happiness. So why do my emotions not match my convictions? I want to live more joyfully. I adhere to the cardinal virtues to the best of my ability. I've tried mental exercises, such as listing all my personal values and thinking about how important and good they are for me, but it still doesn't make me feel happy. What am I doing wrong? What can I do instead?
  • Question 3: Defending Abortion Rights: How can abortion rights be more effectively defended? Although the biblical case against abortion is weak, the religious right has gained much traction against abortion rights in the last decade or two. The "personhood" movement is growing every year, and incremental restrictions on abortion have mushroomed. Even more alarming, the demographics seem to be against abortion rights: young people are increasingly opposed to abortion. What can be done to more effectively defend abortion rights? Can any lessons be drawn from the success of the campaign for gay marriage?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 20 April 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

13 April 2014: Q&A on Marriage Vows, Animals as Property, Overwork, and More

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

Are the promises of marriage binding when a spouse becomes self-destructive? Are animals a special kind of property? Does the example set by Ayn Rand's heroes encourage overwork?

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, April 18, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #210

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:
Sabine presents The PaleoBar posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Why call something Paleo when it clearly isn't??"

Sabine presents Paleo Hot Cross Buns posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Easter is upon us! Celebrate with traditional Hot Cross Buns this weekend!"

Crystal presents Traditional Uses of Tallow and other Animal Fats and Oils posted at Ecology Skincare, saying, "Traditional Skincare. Developed by Nature. Tested throughout Time. For centuries, animal fats were traditionally used for cooking, to make candles, medicinal salves and poultices, to waterproof skin and garments, and for cosmetic purposes. Here is a brief overview of animal fats and their traditional use in soap, medicines, skincare and cosmetics..."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes, A Sweet, Spiced Root Vegetable posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "These Paleo Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes, A Sweet, Spiced Root Vegetable taste just like the sweet potatoes from Boston Market! They're perfect for grilled sides and are quick and easy!"

Laura P presents What About Water? posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "We all know how important water is for our health...but what kind of water we drink is just as important as how much we are drinking! This post discusses the different options for drinking water, and which are the best for supporting optimal health."

Lauren presents PaleoF(x) Austin 2014 in a Nutshell posted at DC Healthy Bites, saying, "With 1,500 participants, 150 speakers, and 10 NY Times best sellers, PaleoF(x) Austin 2014 did not disappoint. Here's my recap of the weekend."

Nell Stephenson presents Get Your Green Living Bundle Today posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stepehenson shares the great opportunity with her readers to partake in the Green Living Bundle."

Melissa,a.k.a. Cavechic presents I think allopathic medicine is a pox on our nation posted at Paleo Fringe, saying, "It's time to read more, know more, do more about our health and jump off of the merry-go-round of death that is modern, allopathic, 'health care'."

Salixisme presents Shrimp Scampi in a Spaghetti Squash Bowl posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Garlicky, lemony shrimp, served in the natural bowl formed from baked spaghetti squash. This recipe is not only paleo, it is also AIP friendly. And very, very tasty!"

Salixisme presents Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "This recipe is to die for - the bacon means that the boneless skinless chicken breasts have flavour and remain moist. And it contains bacon... what is not to love about that!"

Sean and Suzanne presents Colorado Green Chili posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "Easy and delicious recipe for Colorado Green Chili or Chile Verde. Also a brief preview of Paleo f(x) 2014."

Steve Kirsch presents PaleoFX 2014 – the happy wrap-up post posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "For the second year in a row, I attended the PaleoFX conference in Austin. But this time I was on a panel!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast with special guest Allison Siebecker posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "Podcast #135 is all about Small Intestinal Overgrowth. What is it, how do you get it and how do you fix it? Great information!"
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, April 15, 2014

Link-O-Rama

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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, 13 April 2014: Q&A on Animals as Property, Overwork, Abortion Rights, Marital Promises, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 13 April 2014.
  • Question 1: Animals as Property: Are animals a special kind of property? On your blog NoodleFood, you claimed that "the law should recognize that beloved pets are not mere property, but rather a special kind of property. To wrongfully cause the death of a pet should carry a significantly higher penalty than merely compensating the owner for the replacement cost of that pet. Moreover, police officers and government officials who indulge in this kind of reckless killing without good cause should be disciplined severely, preferably fired." Can you explain this view – the theory and the practice – further? Would this standard be akin to that of hate crimes, on the theory that crime is wrong but a crime motivated by hate is more wrong? Would it apply to other property – like my car (because it adds so much value to my life) or family photographs (which have lots of sentimental values but not monetary value)?
  • Question 2: The Problem of Overwork: Does the example set by Ayn Rand's heroes encourage overwork? The heroes of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead seem to have a nearly unlimited well of energy. They work long hours, and they don't have many interests outside work. However, isn't that dangerous? Does this approach to work risk exhaustion and burnout? More generally? what's the rational approach to balancing work and self-care?
  • Question 3: Defending Abortion Rights: How can abortion rights be more effectively defended? Although the biblical case against abortion is weak, the religious right has gained much traction against abortion rights in the last decade or two. The "personhood" movement is growing every year, and incremental restrictions on abortion have mushroomed. Even more alarming, the demographics seem to be against abortion rights: young people are increasingly opposed to abortion. What can be done to more effectively defend abortion rights? Can any lessons be drawn from the success of the campaign for gay marriage?
  • Question 4: Promises of Marriage: Are the promises of marriage binding when a spouse becomes self-destructive? When couples marry, they often promise to stay together "for better or for worse" and "in sickness and in health." But imagine that a wife chooses a self-destructive course of action – say, abusing drugs, profligate spending, or gambling. She refuses to listen to reason or change her behavior. Does the husband have an obligation to stay in the marriage or support her financially due to his past promise? If her self-destructive behavior causes some permanent disability, is he obliged to assist her financially or in some other way? Basically, what do the promises of marriage oblige a person to do?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 13 April 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

6 April 2014: Q&A on Open Objectivism, Giving Back Gifts, Military Secrets, and More

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

What is 'open Objectivism'? Should a woman give back her engagement ring if the relationship goes sour? Is it wrong to buy a book containing sensitive military information?

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, April 11, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #209

By Diana Hsieh

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

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

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

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

Here is this week's edition:
Kevin Geary presents How to Break Your Soda Habit posted at Rebooted Body, saying, "Soda can trigger a nasty habit that's hard to get rid of. This is a step by step article for taking action to kick your addiction."

Ruth presents Spring Rolls posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Spring rolls rock! Is there anything more fun to make? Is there anything more fun to eat? These are a great favorite in my home. Warning: We've found them to be addictive."

Eileen Laird presents Hardcover Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook Review with Recipe posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Mickey Trescott is a personal chef with celiac and Hashimoto's. She healed herself through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and was the first to create a cookbook, to help others do the same. First came her e-book, which I reviewed last year. Now, that amazing resource is available in hardcover. These are NOT recipes that leave you feeling deprived. They are simple, delicious, and will please anyone, whether they are on the autoimmune protocol or not. Today, I tell you what's new in the hardcover version and give you a sample recipe for Raspberry 'Cheesecake"."

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Hollandaise Sauce, A Condiment for Eggs Benedict posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "There's no better time to practice for Mother's Day Brunch than the present! And our Paleo Hollandaise Sauce over Avo-Eggs Benedict is the perfect gift for mom…no work! Show Mom you care, give the gift of Paleo Cooking!"

Sean Coonce presents Maple Mustard Cider Braised Pork Belly posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "To commemorate the launch of our new website, we have not only a recipe for Maple Mustard Cider Braised Pork Belly but also a giveaway for some items from Steve's Club."

Jaime presents Paleo Banana Bread (Nut Free) posted at Gutsy By Nature, saying, "I have been working on this nut-free recipe for grain-free and dairy-free banana bread for a long time and am finally happy with the texture and taste!"

Steve Kirsch presents It just doesn't matter what you eat (today) posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Perspective and mindset are everything. Individual food choices (whether off-road or not) really don't matter; so stop stressing out about them. Live. Laugh. Be happy."

Steve Kirsch presents Sometimes the solution is simpler than all that posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Stop tying yourself up in existential paleo knots."

Kris Gunnars presents 11 Universal Truths in Nutrition That People Actually Agree on posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "There is a lot of controversy in nutrition, but there are a few things that people actually agree on. Here are 11 universal truths in nutrition."

Tarah presents Our Journey with Introducing Solids: Purees and Baby Led Weaning Part II posted at What I Gather, saying, "What I'm feeding our Paleo baby at ten months old!"

Venus Kalami presents Bacon and Jalapeno Frittata posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "A fantastic recipe for a Bacon and Jalapeno Frittata that is not only easy to make, but is delicious and even more so when leftover!"

Salixisme presents Saffron Roast Lamb posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "The perfect roast for dinner over Easter! Roast leg of lamb, flavoured with herbs and garlic and served with a saffron gravy."

Salixisme presents Paleo Chicken Soup with Dumplings posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "What could be better than a warm, soothing bowl of chicken soup and dumplings? The dumplings in this recipe are made from almond flour."

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo Fx Live In Your Home! posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson shares information with readers about how they can experience Paleo FX live streaming."
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, April 05, 2014

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, 6 April 2014: Q&A on Open Objectivism, Giving Back Gifts, Military Secrets, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 6 April 2014.
  • Question 1: "Open Objectivism": What is "open Objectivism"? Recently, I checked out the website of "The Atlas Society," the organization run by David Kelley. It advocates for "open Objectivism," which I assume means that each person defines what Objectivism is. Am I interpreting that correctly? What's wrong with that approach? Does regarding Objectivism as "closed" lead to intolerance, insularity, and schisms?
  • Question 2: Giving Back an Engagement Ring: Should a woman give back her engagement ring if the relationship goes sour? A friend of mine asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she accepted. However, they broke off the engagement – and the relationship – a few months later. Is she morally or legally obliged to give back the ring? Is the answer different if they married, then split?
  • Question 3: Buying Books with Military Secrets: Is it wrong to buy a book containing sensitive military information? The Pentagon claims that the new book No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Bin Laden reveals some potentially sensitive details about the operation. I'd really like to read about the mission, but I'm concerned that the Pentagon's concerns are valid, and I'd rather not contribute to a work that that puts our soldiers at risk. However, given that the book has already been released, does it matter whether I buy it or not?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 6 April 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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

30 March 2014: Q&A on Evolution's Ethical Implications, Body Image, Theology, and More

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

Should ethics begin with facts about evolution, including altruism? How does a person cultivate a healthy body image? Can a rational atheist extract any value from studying theology?

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, April 04, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #208

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 15 Bread Recipes That Are Low-Carb, Gluten-Free and Taste Incredible posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "This is a list of 15 recipes for healthy low-carb breads. All of them are gluten free, sugar free, very simple to make and taste awesome."

Venus Kalami presents Why I’m eating margarine and 6 other non Paleo foods again posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "It's the beginning of the new month of April, and with that, comes beneficial dietary changes - like eating margarine again! ;)."

Eileen Laird presents Carrot Ginger Halibut Soup posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Seafood is one of one most nutrient-dense foods available, filled with omega-3 fatty acids, easily digestible protein, vitamin D, B12 and more. I'm trying to incorporate more of it into my diet, so I tried it in one of my favorite soups with delicious results. This is an easy enough recipe to make on a weeknight, but flavorful enough to serve company. If you don't have halibut, scallops would be a great substitute."

Lauren presents Seasonal Eating: Pros. Cons and Tips posted at DC Healthy Bites, saying, "Seasonal eating is more nutritious, better for the environment, cheaper, and tastes better! Learn the pros, cons and tips for eating seasonally."

Meghanne Reburn presents Paleo, pregnant and can't give up cereal? You're not alone posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "What's the number one non-paleo item that women, especially in the first trimester struggle with either eliminating or keeping out of a clean paleo diet? Cereal! In this post, Meg 'the paleo midwife', shares some tips on how to manage the cereal cravings during pregnancy and maintain a healthy paleo lifestyle."

Melissa Joulwan presents March Meatball Madness posted at March Meatball Madness, saying, "March Meatball Madness is over, but the deliciousness lives on – we all win! This post includes 14 recipes for meatballs that span the culinary globe. Slam dunk!"

Tarah presents Awesome Paleo Avocado Toast and Toppings posted at What I Gather, saying, "This recipe starts with a buttery coconut flour pancake as the 'toast". Next up is the avocado mashed with lime juice, salt and pepper. Then comes the fun part - the toppings!"

Salixisme presents Paleo Steak and Kidney Pie posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "A paleo version of steak and kidney pie with gluten-free/grain-free pastry."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #133: Special guest Stefani Ruper Author of Sexy by Nature posted at Balanced Bites , saying, "A great podcast with Stefani Ruper author of Sexy by Nature. Learn how to love yourself no matter where you are in life and how to be sexy for you!"

Jenn Casey presents This is What a Real CrossFitter Looks Like posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I've been thinking a long time about body image and body acceptance, and finally have been able to write about my experience. Also, kettlebell sport!"

Nell Stephenson presents It Takes Two posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson suggests people work as a team or do a challenge in order to more effectively stay on track and reach their nutrition or health goal."

Sean Coonce presents Review: Slim Palate Cookbook | Avocado Lime Scallop Ceviche posted at FreeRange Human, saying, "Recipe sample from The Slim Palate Cookbook for Avocado Lime Scallop Ceviche."
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