Saturday, May 31, 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 Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Thursday evening, 5 June 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Two"

I'll chat about "Discussion of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Two" with listeners on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 5 June 2014.

What are some of the common proposed solutions to the problem of moral luck? Why do they fail? I will answer these questions and more in this live discussion of Chapter Two of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 5 June 2014. 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 podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

25 May 2014: Q&A on Stylized Life, Legal Dueling, Asking Permission, and More

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

Should a person seek to create a stylized life? Should dueling and other consensual fights be legal? Should people ask for permission or ask for forgiveness when breaking the rules?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
29 May 2014: Q&A on Jury Nullification, the Morality of Homosexuality, Boss's Dishonesty, and More I answered these questions on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio: Should juries nullify bad laws by refusing to convict? Does the morality of homosexuality depend on it being unchosen? What should I do about the dishonesty of my new project manager? 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, May 30, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #216

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 Soy Sauce on Trial for Crimes Against Paleo posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Soy sauce: yea or nay? Can gluten-free soy sauce be included on a paleo diet or now. Click to find out!"

Eileen Laird presents The Great Starch Experiment posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I came to paleo through the GAPS diet doorway, which is a low-starch version of the paleo diet. When I switched to the paleo autoimmune protocol, I continued to eat low-starch. I had seen a lot of improvement and didn't want to risk worsening symptoms. After 18 months, I decided it was time to test the low-starch theory. Did I really need to avoid them? The paleo community (including the Paleo Mom) recommend starch consumption, and as 'safe starches" become more and more popular, GAPS is becoming more and more criticized. I spent the winter slowly reintroducing starches into my diet and monitoring my body's response. Are you curious about my results?"

Kris Gunnars presents How Blocking Blue Light at Night Can Transform Your Sleep posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "By blocking blue light in the evening, you can prevent the disruption in the natural sleep-wake cycle caused by artificial lighting and electronics."

Steve Kirsch presents #100HappyDays: silly fluff, or a secret Zen trick? posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "When I realized what that '100 Happy Days" meme is *really* about, it made me... happy."

Tarah presents Berrylicious Fruit Pizza (Paleo / Primal) posted at What I Gather, saying, "A perfect summer treat with a sweet and nutty crust, yogurt 'frosting" and lots of fresh fruit! Make it Primal with the high quality dairy yogurt of your choice, or Paleo with coconut yogurt."

Jennifer Brand presents Alliefitfoodie posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I've been absent from blogging for several months now because I've let life get the better of me. I'm back! I was inspired by a primal pizza I made and just had to write about it. Food as inspiration, yeah, sounds about right ;)."

Sean and Suzanne presents Bison Back Ribs with Sriracha Peach BBQ Sauce posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "Recipe for grilled Bison Back Ribs (or Beef Spare Ribs) with a flavorful Sriracha Peach BBQ sauce."

Sean and Suzanne presents Review: The Paleo Kitchen | Gingersnap Pumpkin Butter Cookie Sandwiches posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "A review of the new cookbook from Civilized Caveman and PaleOMG, The Paleo Kitchen. Includes a teaser recipe for Gingersnap Pumpkin Butter Cookie Sandwiches and a giveaway for a signed copy."

Kevin Geary presents 10 Unconventional Tools for Health and Fitness Minimalists posted at Rebooted Body- Ancestral Science and Modern Psychology, saying, "This post talks about various tools such as lacrosse balls, kettlebells, sandbags and other fitness products for the exercise minimalist. Great information for people looking to work out from home or with minimal equipment."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #141 posted at Balanced Bites , saying, "Healthy tv/movie snacks, nightshades, oral allergies, birth control and dark skin spots, and eating bacon and sausage."

Nell Stephenson presents Thin Mints- Girl Scout Cookies, E-Cigarettes… or Both? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson comments on the controversy between Girl Scout Cookies and E-Cigarettes regarding using the same name and the fact that the Girl Scouts are the ones promoting an addictive substance."
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, May 24, 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 Thursday 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, 25 May 2014: Q&A on Stylized Life, Legal Dueling, Asking Permission, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 25 May 2014.
  • Question 1: Creating a Stylized Life: Should a person seek to create a stylized life? In "The Romantic Manifesto," Ayn Rand said that "An artist does not fake reality – he stylizes it. He selects those aspects of existence which he regards as metaphysically significant – and by isolating and stressing them, by omitting the insignificant and accidental, he presents his view of existence." Should a person try to stylize his own life, such as by deliberately cultivating a consistent personal aesthetic? Should he aim to make every aspect of his life reflect his values, eliminating the rest? Would that make for a more integrated and meaningful life or might that be dangerous or undesirable in some way?
  • Question 2: Legal Dueling: Should dueling and other consensual fights be legal? In your September 5th, 2012 interview with Dr. Eric Daniels, you discussed some of America's violent past traditions, including the practice of dueling. While I have no intention of challenging my rivals to mortal combat, I cannot see why this practice should be illegal. The same might be said of less lethal modern variants such as bar fights, schoolyard fights, and other situations where violence is entered into with the mutual consent of both parties. Should such consensual violence be forbidden by law in a free society – not just for children but perhaps for adults too? If so, what justifies allowing more ritualized forms of combat, such as mixed-martial arts fighting, boxing, or even football?
  • Question 3: Permission Versus Forgiveness: Should people ask for permission or ask for forgiveness when breaking the rules? People often say that "it's better to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission" when excusing their own rule-breaking. I hate the phrase, but I can't put my finger on what's so objectionable about it. So what does the phrase mean? Is it right or wrong? If it's true for some organizations, doesn't that indicate that the organization's rules or policies are somehow bass-ackwards?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 25 May 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Thursday evening, 29 May 2014: Q&A on Jury Nullification, the Morality of Homosexuality, Dishonesty, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 29 May 2014.
  • Question 1: Jury Nullification: Should juries nullify bad laws by refusing to convict? Imagine a criminal case of drug possession, tax evasion, or prostitution – meaning, where the law is wrong because the outlawed activity doesn't violate rights. Should (or might) a juror concerned with individual rights refuse to find the defendant guilty? Does a juror exercise a rightful check on government power by refusing to convict? Or would acquitting the defendant be contrary to the rule of law and even anarchistic? Basically, should the juror use his own mind not merely to judge the evidence, but also to judge the morality of the law?
  • Question 2: The Morality of Homosexuality: Does the morality of homosexuality depend on it being unchosen? It seems that the advocates of gay rights and acceptance are obsessed with proving that homosexuality is never a choice. I find this confusing as it doesn't seem to be the best argument. Even if sexual orientation were chosen, I don't see why there would be anything better or worse about preferences for heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality. Rather, I think that if I were able to pick, I would choose to be bisexual, as being straight limits my expression of admiration towards men who may represent the "highest values one can find in a human being" simply due to their genitals. Is that right? Or does the case for rights for and acceptance of gays depend in some way on sexual orientation being unchosen?
  • Question 3: Dishonesty in a Manager: What should I do about the dishonesty of my new project manager? One of the project managers at my job recently lied when evaluating my co-worker. We are evaluated yearly, but aren't supposed to share the results of the reviews with others. However, my co-worker shared her review with me. It painted her in an extremely negative light via false accusations, and her yearly raise was affected by it. She wasn't given any warning about the accusations either. I've taken over her duties, which include working under the accuser. I'm afraid my review next year will be unjustly and perhaps even dishonestly negative, but I wasn't supposed to see her review in the first place. What should I do? Is there something I should do about my co-worker's false negative review? How can I protect myself from this dishonest project manager?
The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 29 May 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.

22 May 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One"

I discussed "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One" with listeners on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"What is the "problem of moral luck"? Why does it matter to ethics, law, and politics? What is its connection to John Rawls' egalitarianism? Why did I choose to write my doctoral dissertation on the topic? I answered these questions and more in this live discussion of Chapter One of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame."

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

Recent Blog Posts


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

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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #215

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 7 Healthy Paleo Meals in 10 Minutes or Less posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "This is a list of 7 healthy and satisfying paleo meals. Most of them are very simple to make and can be prepared in under 10 minutes."

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo In The Workplace posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson encourages readers to make a fuss about poor or zero quality food in their workplace and offers her consultation services on corporate implementation."

Eileen Laird presents Laura's Healing Ulcerative Colitis with Paleo posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "When Laura was diagnosed with UC in March 2013, her doctor actually recommended the paleo diet. How cool is that? She's been paleo ever since. In today's interview, she shares the details of her first year of healing."

Sabine presents Oven-Baked Berbere Chicken posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A spicy and tasty way to bake your chicken Ethiopian style!"

Sean and Suzanne presents Duck Fat and Herb Roasted Asparagus posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "Quick and easy recipe for duck fat and herb roasted asparagus."
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, May 17, 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 Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Thursday evening, 22 May 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One"

I'll chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One" with listeners on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 22 May 2014.

What is the problem of moral luck? Why does it matter? Why did I choose to write my doctoral dissertation on the topic? I will answer these questions and more in this live discussion of Chapter One of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 22 May 2014. 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 podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

11 May 2014: Q&A on Varieties of Atheism, Dating People with Psychological Problems, and More

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

Should a rational person's atheism be weak or strong? Is it a mistake to enter into a serious relationship with a person with serious psychological problems?

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

15 May 2014: Q&A on Egoism, Juries, Philosophy in Romance, and More

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

Should an egoist be willing to torture millions to benefit himself? Should juries be present at trials? Is sharing an interest in philosophy necessary for a good romance?

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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The Paleo Rodeo #214

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 Paleo Nectarine and Berry Delight posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "My favorate paleo desserts are those that were paleo from the get-go, not paleo versions of cakes and cookies. This is a good example!"

Sabine presents 5 Common Paleo Misconceptions posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "A paleo muffin is still a muffin, and bacon isn't paleo by default either!"

Eileen presents Southern Fried Apples posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Prior to developing rheumatoid arthritis, I stopped at Cracker Barrel on every road trip. My favorite meal was pot roast with gravy, a double order of hash brown casserole, and fried apples. Sigh…to remember the convenience of restaurant meals where I could order anything on the menu. Now, Cracker Barrel is no longer an option, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy some of those favorite flavors at home. Here's my re-creation of skillet fried apples. It's easy, delicious, and you don't have to be on the road, to enjoy it."

Meghanne Reburn presents Eat your boogers, Spanish sunshine and Reflections on Motherhood posted at CaveGirl Plus One, saying, "Meghanne returns this week with a link to some cool research that's been floating around the interweb that discusses optimal gut colonization in your healthy infant. She's been crazy busy and just returned from a climbing trip to Spain and shares some photos and reflections on motherhood."

Kris Gunnars presents 4 “Heart Healthy” Foods That Can Clog Your Arteries (#4 is Worst) posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "These 4 commonly consumed foods are often considered to be 'heart healthy," but they may actually be doing more harm than good."

Kevin Geary presents Explain Leaky Gut Syndrome Like I'm Five posted at Rebooted Body - Ancestral Science and Modern Psychology, saying, "Leaky Gut Syndrome, aka Intestinal Permeability, is a condition where the gut is damaged, allowing 'bad guys" into the blood stream. Here's how it works..."

Nell Stephenson presents An Online Farmer's Market? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo Expert Nell Stephenson shares information about the new Harvest Your Health eMarket."

Neely Quinn presents What Is Gluten? posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "In case you’re ambushed on the street by a wiley reporter, I’d like to save you some embarrassment on national TV. This blog post will explain in simple terms what gluten is and why people are avoiding it."

Casey Armstrong presents Coconut Flour Pancakes Recipe posted at PaleoHacks, saying, "Looking for something unbelievably delicious to treat yourself to for breakfast? How about some pancakes that will make the whole family excited?"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Mediterranean Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe for Paleo Mediterranean Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes is so easy! Everything goes into one pot and everything comes out delicious! Perfect for beginners or large crowds!"

Sabine presents Banana Bread (Coconut Flour) posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Delicious and moist, this nut free banana bread is a real treat!"

Sean Coonce presents Honey Vanilla Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting posted at Pastured Kitchen, saying, "Simple yet amazingly delicious recipe for paleo cupcakes that are also free of nut flours and a 5 minute dark chocolate frosting."

Hadass Eviatar presents About Shakes and Integrity posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "Is it paleo? Is it Real Food? What if I need supplementation to improve my health? In this post, I struggle with conflicting needs."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #139: Binge eating repercussions, thoughts on Yoli, broth won’t gel, thyroid health, and SIBO diet posted at Balanced Bites , saying, "Catch up with Diane and Liz and listen to some questions and answers from fans. Binge eating, thyroid, bone broth and more!"

Tarah presents Bacon Burgers with Apple and Green Chile Relish posted at What I Gather, saying, "My Paleo contribution to the 'Doge" meme AND a basic burger recipe topped with raw cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and a warm, sweet and spicy apple and green chile relish."
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, May 10, 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 Thursday 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, 11 May 2014: Q&A on Varieties of Atheism, Psychological Struggles, Juries, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 11 May 2014.
  • Question 1: Weak Versus Strong Atheism: Should a rational person's atheism be weak or strong? People often distinguish between "weak atheism" and "strong atheism." The weak atheist regards the arguments for the existence of God as invalid, such that God's existence has not been proven. The strong atheist positively asserts that God does not exist. Which of these views is correct?
  • Question 2: Dating People with Psychological Problems: Is it a mistake to enter into a serious relationship with a person with serious psychological problems? Recently, my wife took her own life after a long struggle with major depression and other psychological issues. When we started dating, I saw clearly that she had issues although they were not as bad at the time. She was also intelligent, beautiful, and ambitious – among other good qualities. At the time, I thought she could work through her psychological issues with support, and she did improve for a while. However, after her loss, I've decided that, when and if I'm to the point where I'm interested in dating again, I will avoid becoming involved with women who display clear psychological problems. This decision has forced me to wonder if it was a mistake to become involved with my wife in the first place. So is it a mistake to enter into a serious relationship, knowing that the person has serious psychological struggles?
  • Question 3: The Presence of Juries at Trials: Should juries be present at trials? In fictional portrayals of trials, the jury is often told to disregard certain statements. Also, interruptions in the form of objections are common. Wouldn't it be easier for the jury to be absent from the trial itself, then presented with all and only the admissible evidence and testimony afterward? In fact, the jury need not see the parties in question, nor even know their names. Wouldn't that eliminate the possibility of racial discrimination and other irrelevant judgments?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 11 May 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Thursday morning, 15 May 2014: Q&A on Egoism, Cashier's Mistake, Philosophy in Romance, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday morning, 15 May 2014.
  • Question 1: Egoism and Harm to Others: Should an egoist be willing to torture millions to benefit himself? In your discussion of explaining egoistic benevolence on December 22, 2013, you indicated that you regarded such a scenario as absurd. Could you explain why that is? Why wouldn't such torture be not merely permitted but rather obligatory under an egoistic ethics? Why should an egoist even care about what happens to strangers?
  • Question 2: Correcting a Cashier's Mistake: Is it wrong to remain silent when a cashier makes a mistake in your favor? At a popular department store, I wanted to buy two items for $2.94 each and condoms for $14.00. The cashier was about my grandmother's age. She scanned the $2.94 items three times and said the total was $8.82. I knew the price wasn't right, , but I didn't want to say to the elderly woman, "Excuse me, but you didn't scan my condoms." I got a good deal, but I think that was somewhat immoral on my part. Is that right? What should I have done?
  • Question 3: Philosophy in Romance: Is sharing an interest in philosophy necessary for a good romance? I am extremely interested in philosophy. I'm studying it and planning to make it my career. My girlfriend is not. She wants nothing to do with philosophy, although she is perfectly happy with me doing it. However, I find that I am missing that intellectual engagement with her. I've asked a number of times if she would try to talk to me about any sort of philosophical issue – really just anything deeper than day to day happenings – and she just can't do it. She becomes uninterested or even begins to get overwhelmed and frustrated to the point of tears. Is it necessary for us to engage in this activity together to be happy? Is there any way that I can help her to engage in rational inquiry without it being forced on her, if at all?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Thursday, 15 May 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.

4 May 2014: Q&A on Body Dysmorphia, Licensing Parents, Irresponsible Siblings, and More

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

What should I do when a friend exhibits severe body dysmorphia on social media? Should parents be licensed? Is a person responsible for his incapable sibling?

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, May 09, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #213

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:
Melissa Joulwan presents Fiesta Pork Chops posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Turn a mundane Monday or a tiresome Tuesday into a fiesta! These pork chops are packed with so many festive flavors — and they’re so easy to make — this could quickly become a weeknight favorite at your house."

Eileen Laird presents 25 Autoimmune-Friendly Organ Meat Recipes posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The most nutrient-dense superfoods available, these meats are powerhouses on a healing diet and well worth getting over the psychological hurdle of eating them. I wasn't born loving organ meats, but I've come around, and my body thanks me. Yours will, too. Today, I rounded up 25 recipes that are GAPS, Wahls and Paleo Autoimmune Protocol-Friendly. Healing challenge extended: can you pick one to try?"

Kris Gunnars presents 10 Proven Health Benefits of Eggs (No. 1 is My Favorite) posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "Eggs are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet. Here are 10 proven health benefits of eggs, supported by science."

Amy Kubal presents What You Need To Fill Your Belly and Fuel Your Brain posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Check out the latest and greatest in Paleo reading material and snacks. This post reviews a whole bunch of good stuff!"

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo Fine Dining in Los Angeles posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson invites readers to her Paleo Haute Cuisine Event held in conjuction with Hyatt Regency's Paleo Chef Ali of Breeze Restaurant and her Paleo in LA Meet Up Group."

Sabine presents Zucchini Chips posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "These low calorie chips are easy to make and guilt-free!"

Salixisme presents Omelette In a Jar posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "The other day, I knew I would not have time to eat breakfast before running out of the door to get to work. So the night before I threw together this cute mason jar omelette that I put uncooked in the fridge. Next morning, all I had to do was grab it and go. Once I was at work, I removed the lid, popped it in the microwave and cooked it."

Salixisme presents Cold Chicken Strips posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "These chicken strips make a fantastic lunch-meat, and I make them fairly often to pack in lunchboxes but they are just as good tossed into a salad or even eaten on their own with some mayonnaise or guacamole to dip them in."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #138: Preparing to eat “bad” food, no-poo, moisturizer, hungry on Paleo, and is stress sabotaging my health? posted at Balanced Bites , saying, "Diane and Liz answer your questions on the latest podcast!"

Tony Fed presents Paleo Grilling - A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire posted at Tony Fed, saying, "Charred, blackened, and cooked, the morsel was brought to the mouth and chewed, contemplated, and swallowed with relish. There was no sauce or seasoning and no consideration for aesthetics or art. Yet the combination of meat and fire yielded something revolutionary. Cooked meat made man happy."

Tarah Chieffi presents What I Gather posted at What I Gather, saying, "Bell peppers stuffed with ground lamb, lots of Indian spice and cauliflower rice!"
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, May 03, 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, 4 May 2014: Q&A on Body Dysmorphia, Licensing Parents, Irresponsible Siblings, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 4 May 2014.
  • Question 1: Public Displays of Body Dysmorphia: What should I do when a friend exhibits severe body dysmorphia on social media? At several points in my life, I had a valued friend who seemed otherwise rational and grounded, but who also exhibited dangerous body dysmorphia on social media. In these cases, the friend would first go through a several-month phase of confessing to several psychological problems, such as fantasizing about suicide and of cutting herself with a blade. This friend would then sternly add that she has since recovered, but would admit to still feeling that her natural physical features are ugly and deformed. Then, months later, the friend would go into another phase. On social media, in front of many other people, she would make brazen gestures indicating body dysmorphia, such as uploading photoshopped pictures of herself as a corpse ready for burial or saying that she planned to starve herself to achieve her ideal of being skeletally thin. A major problem was the reaction from our online mutual acquaintances. Some admitted that they saw these problems, yet they acted like the friend was behaving normally. Others outright complimented the dysmorphic imagery and statements. In these cases, I think that my friend knew that her body dysmorphia was dangerous. She put it on display so that others would normalize her pathology, because then she could more easily rationalize her behavior as harmless. That seems really dangerous, but what is the proper alternative? How should people respond when a person puts his pathological self-destruction on display?
  • Question 2: Licensing Parents: Should parents be licensed? Given the cost to society of parents shirking their obligations to their children, to entrust children to just anyone able to bear that child seems negligent. The state does, after all, forbid chronic drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel again. On the other hand, to give discretionary power to the state over such a personal matter seems very dangerous. Is there any middle ground that would better protect kids from abusive or neglectful parents and protect society from the growing scourge of poor parenting?
  • Question 3: 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?
  • Question 4: The Presence of Juries at Trials: Should juries be present at trials? In fictional portrayals of trials, the jury is often told to disregard certain statements. Also, interruptions in the form of objections are common. Wouldn't it be easier for the jury to be absent from the trial itself, then presented with all and only the admissible evidence and testimony afterward? In fact, the jury need not see the parties in question, nor even know their names. Wouldn't that eliminate the possibility of racial discrimination and other irrelevant judgments?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 4 May 2014. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


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

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

Is ambition a virtue? How can I maintain my sense of self when surrounded by people I don't relate to deeply? It is wrong to refuse any involvement in my biological child's life?

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

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Friday, May 02, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #212

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 Why You Should Make Your Own Cream – and How to Do It! posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "I'm so glad I discovered how to make cream at home. It not only solves the problem of how to source good quality cream but it saves me lots of money."

Ruth presents The Complete Paleo Guide to Coconut Oil posted at Paleo Diet Basics, saying, "Here it is, folks. All the information you need to know about coconut oil all in one place, including a shopping guide and a link to a video that shows you how to make your own coconut oil."

Kevin Geary presents Conscious Eating Part IV: Your Relationship With Food posted at Rebooted Body, saying, "This might just be the crux of the whole 'healthy eating habits" discussion. If you want to know what REALLY matters when it comes to getting on control of food, this is a good place to start."

Kevin Geary presents Willpower is Stupid posted at Rebooted Body, saying, "If I hear another trainer talk about having “better willpower” or giving advice on “how to improve your willpower” I’m going to barf. Here's why..."

Kris Gunnars presents 101 Paleo Recipes That Will Make You Salivate posted at Authority Nutrition, saying, "This is a list of 101 delicious recipes for the paleo diet, with photos and instructions. All the recipes are made with natural ingredients."

Eileen presents Baked Bacon is Genius! posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "How did I go 40+ years of my life without ever knowing about baked bacon? I can cook a whole pack at once and simply walk away. No more standing at the stove, getting my clothes splattered with grease. If you haven't yet experienced this marvel, let me tell you all about it."

Eileen presents Introducing My E-Book! posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The paleo autoimmune protocol is a powerful tool for healing, and there are two important phases: (1) eliminating potential food triggers temporarily, and (2) reintroducing them very carefully, to see how your body responds. It’s this second phase where we learn to communicate with our bodies, receiving clear messages on the foods that nourish us vs. the foods that harm us. However, it only works when done correctly. Often people rush this second step, reintroducing too many foods at once, or too quickly, and when inflammation hits, they don't know what caused it. I wrote this e-book to guide you through this process."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Team Takeaways: Paleo f(x) Austin 2014 posted at Balanced Bites , saying, "Read about the whole Balanced Bites team experience at PaleoFX. What they learned, who they met and the takeaway's."

Lauren presents Reduce Food Waste to Save Your Wallet and the Planet posted at DC Healthy Bites, saying, "The average American wastes 25% of the food that they buy, that's up to $2,275 a year for a family of four! Although food waste occurs all along the production line, there are many things we can all do to help reduce food waste."

Kelly Brogan MD presents Gluten and Gut Bugs posted at Kelly Brogan MD.

Jennifer presents Morrocco Method: Natural Hair Care Journey posted at The Paleo Prize, saying, "Just as we strive to nourish our bodies with a variety of wholesome foods – our hair deserves the same treatment! Personal care products have added chemical agents that are not only hormone altering, but suppress our immune system. Read about my journey as I ditch chemical shampoo and go all natural."

Salixisme presents Water Kefir Soda posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "Water Kefir is an effervescent, probiotic rich fermented drink that can be used to make a healthy homemade soda. This post shows you how to make the water kefir, and how to flavour it with fruit to give a healthy soda."

Salixisme presents Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers posted at Salixisme - Paleo Living, saying, "These chicken fingers are wrapped in bacon to help keep the chicken moist, and to provide a good crunch."

Steve Kirsch presents Book Review: The Wahls Protocol (Hint: It's for more than just M.S.) posted at The Paleo Drummer, saying, "Dr. Terry Wahls cured herself of MS using primarily good food. Her protocol can be used to improve the life of anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease or anyone just looking to be healthier."

Nell Stephenson presents Get Your Lobster posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo Expert Nell Stephenson suggests readers try Get Maine Lobster for an excellent source of protein."

Sabine presents Fly Paleo (ish) posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "What meals to choose when you fly?"

Sabine presents Black Salsify Cakes posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Not sure what to do with these strange looking roots? Here's a way that will be a guaranteed success!"
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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