Saturday, November 29, 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, 30 November 2014: Q&A on Objectivity of Manners, Fighting Words, Past Conversations, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 30 November 2014.
  • Question 1: The Objectivity of Manners: Are manners objective? In a recent Rapid Fire Question, I think you rather too quickly dismissed the idea that manners or etiquette can be objective. You fairly quickly threw the whole lot of them over into the socially-subjective category. However, I think there's a lot that's not at all subjective, nor even optional, about manners. I happen to live in a country, China, which is much-renowned for its lack of basic human decency, and I would argue that this is a fair claim. For example, it's quite regular for a parent to pull his child's pants down and facilitate his or her urinating or defecating all over a vehicle of transportation, up to and including an international flight. It's also quite normal to hawk in such a way as to clear every cavity in one's upper torso, admire a particular piece of ground, and splat the results of one's personal nasal expiration for all to admire and tread upon. After a home-cooked meal, a guest is expected to belch massively. A small belch is a sign of dissatisfaction. To me, the latter seems quite a matter of optional cultural choice. What you said before about manners applies quite nicely to that issue: it's fairly arbitrary whether you should or you should not belch after your meal. At my in-laws' place, please do. At my mom's place, please don't. However, when I think about other ways in which Chinese people are "rude" to an American, I can think of a thousand examples where it's not just subjective. Pissing or shitting on a public bus is not just arbitrarily unacceptable to us silly overwrought Westerners. It's objectively rude. For another example, today when I was trying to get onto a bus, hale and hearty Chinese twenty-somethings were pushing in front of me in a giant triangle of evil. Nobody cared if I was there before them, nobody cared if the signs all said to line up respectfully, they just elbowed each other out of the way in order to get on the bus. So are manners objective, at least in part?
  • Question 2: Fighting Words: Do verbal insults sometimes justify a response of physical violence? In a recent discussion of bullying, most people agreed that the child in question should not have hit the kids bullying him, given that those bullies were merely making awful remarks, as opposed to being violent or threatening. However, one person suggested that a physically violent response might be justified if all other avenues were exhausted – meaning that the bully was told to stop, efforts to enlist the help of the authorities failed, and a warning was given. Is that right? Is it ever right to respond to purely verbal insults with physical violence?
  • Question 3: Obsessing over Past Conversations: How can I stop obsessing over past conversations? After having a conversation with someone, I often obsess about what I said to them and the way that I said it. I think about they ways they could have misinterpreted what I meant, and I worry that they thought I was being rude or disrespectful. Most of the time, of course, whatever nuances I thought would offend them were either non-existent or just went straight over their head. How can I overcome this obsessiveness, while still maintaining a healthy level of concern for how what I say may be interpreted?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 30 November 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.

23 November 2014: Q&A on Veganism and Vegetarianism, Courage, Ungrateful People, and More

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

Are the moral arguments for veganism (and vegetarianism) rational? Does the virtue of courage require struggling against the temptation to succumb to fear? Why aren't people grateful for what others do for them?

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 28, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #238

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 End Your Eating Struggles by Healing These 10 Triggers` posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Ever feel like you just can't shake those last ten pounds or you just can't seem to reach your health and fitness goals? Find out if one or more of these ten triggers are holding you hostage."

Paul Jaminet presents Farewell Mathias posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "The subject of a blog post from 3 years ago, a 6 year old boy with a devastating genetic disease, has passed away. This is my tribute."

Sophie Van Tiggelen presents Aip / Thanksgiving Paleo Persimmon Fruit Salad posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "This autumnal persimmon fruit salad is a wonderful dessert; not too sweet, not too heavy, and easy on the budget."

Sabine presents Celeriac Hash-Browns posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Hash browns are great for breakfast or as a side dish, and usually made from white potatoes. An attempt to make hash browns from sweet potato didn't go too well, and celeriac is a great substitute for white potato, and also makes really tasty hash browns!"

Sabine presents Choc-Attack Muffins posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "If you are in need of a quick chocolate fix that's easy to prepare and not too high on the sugar, then keep reading...."

Laura P presents Lacto-Fermented Cranberry Relish with Citrus and Ginger posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "This lacto-fermented cranberry relish is the perfect condiment for the holiday table! Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, plus probiotics to help you digest your holiday feast."

Clare Gravolet presents Cold Brussel Sprout Salad and Mashed Sweet Potatoes posted at Happy Eater, saying, "These two side dishes made great Thanksgiving recipes, but they're simple and delicious enough to make all year!"

Louise Hendon presents 41 Mouth-Watering Paleo Pizza Recipes posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "There are tons of options for Paleo pizza and our favorite bloggers have all the best ideas. Also for Primal people who allow a bit of cheese in their diet, we have a ton of great Primal pizza recipe ideas as well. Check it out!"

Louise Hendon presents Is This Healthy, Paleo Food Sabotaging Your Fat Loss? posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Many people come to Paleo for weight loss, but an easy misunderstanding about this Paleo food could lead you to weight gain instead of weight loss."
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 24, 2014

One Day Sale on Paleo Kindle Books

By Diana Hsieh

BuckBooks has put together a great sale on the kindle editions of a slew of paleo books... but just for Tuesday, November 25th. So get them while they're hot and cheap... meaning, right now!

These books are available for $0.99:


These are available for $1.99:


These are $2.99:


(As for why they're not all 99 cents: "Due to Amazon's file delivery costs on huge files, five of the cookbooks, which are filled with tons of high-resolution images, will be priced at $1.99 and two others at $2.99. This is the lowest price Amazon would allow them to be priced. Still a fantastic deal, and you'll likely never see them priced that low ever again!")

If you're interested in fabulous sales on other kindle books, be sure to sign up for the mailing list of BuckBooks, as they regularly put kindle books on sale for 99 cents (or as cheap as possible).

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Saturday, November 22, 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, 23 November 2014: Q&A on Veganism and Vegetarianism, Courage, Ungrateful People, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 23 November 2014.
  • Question 1: The Moral Arguments for Veganism and Vegetarianism: Are the moral arguments for veganism (and vegetarianism) rational? People often argue for vegetarianism on the grounds that a person can (and perhaps should) regard the lives of animals to be a higher value than the advantages to eating meat such as taste or nutrition. Is this a rational moral outlook, consistent with rational egoism?
  • Question 2: Courage as a Struggle Against Fear: Does the virtue of courage require struggling against the temptation to succumb to fear? In your September 16th show, you argued that "it is far better for a person to cultivate a virtuous moral character so that right actions are easy for him, rather than constantly struggling against temptation." How does this apply to the virtue of courage? The common understanding of courage is that it requires acting rightly in spite of fear. So the courageous person struggles to do the right thing in face of the temptation to retreat in fear. Is this a correct formulation? If so, wouldn't that mean that a courageous person must constantly struggle against fear, not overcome it? If this view of courage is wrong, how would you define the virtue and its relation to fear?
  • Question 3: Ungrateful People: Why aren't people grateful for what others do for them? I volunteer a lot, and I try to be very generous with my time and efforts in the groups that I'm involved with. Mostly, I just want people to express thanks and gratitude for what I've done for them. Mostly though, they don't thank me – or their thanks just seem perfunctory. Why is that? Am I wrong to want a little gratitude? Right now, I feel taken advantage of, and I want to tell everyone to go to hell. Is that wrong?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 23 November 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.

19 November 2014: Podcast on "The Cultivation of Character"

I podcast on "The Cultivation of Character" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle speaks of cultivating virtues by repeatedly doing certain actions in certain ways. However, he never clearly explains the relationship between a person's thoughts, emotions, actions, and character. So, we must ask: What is character? How is a person's character formed? And what is the role of character in a person's life? This lecture draws on my dissertation, now published as Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, to answer these criticial practical questions of ethics. This lecture was originally given at SnowCon in March 2011, then re-recorded in April 2011."

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

20 November 2014: Podcast on "Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Myth Versus Reality"

I podcast on "Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Myth Versus Reality" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"What are some common confusions about Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism? In this talk, I briefly survey Ayn Rand's basic principles, then explore six common but false views about her, namely: (1) Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics. (2) Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers. (3) Ayn Rand's ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing. (4) Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary. (5) Ayn Rand's advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions. (6) Ayn Rand's ideas are compatible with belief in God and Christianity. This talk was given to the Free Minds Film Festival on 8 October 2011."

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

Recent Blog Posts


Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #237

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:
Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Sesame Brussel Sprout Crisps, A Paleo Snack posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "When you just want a little snack with a crispy crunch, these Paleo Sesame Brussel Sprout Crisps are the perfect thing to satisfy your chip cravings!"

Louise Hendon presents Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes (including full menu) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Everything you need to enjoy a delicious Paleo Thanksgiving dinner."

Louise Hendon presents The Holiday Tango: 10 Essential Tactics for Eliminating Holiday Stress posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Don't be stressed this holiday season - use our 10 tactics for relaxing and enjoying the fun."

Eileen Laird presents Episode 05: Fermented Foods with Sarah Ramsden posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by holistic nutritionist and fermentation expert, Sarah Ramsden. Fermented foods are highly recommended on autoimmune healing diets. Today, we discuss why they are so beneficial, how they compare to bottled probiotics, what to look for when buying them from the store, recipes to get you started fermenting at home, and the reasons some people react negatively to fermented foods."

Sophie Van Tiggelen presents PALEO SWEET N’ SOUR HIBISCUS GINGER GELATIN GUMMIES posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "These sweet n' sour hibiscus / ginger paleo gelatin gummies are a great snack on the autoimmune protocol. Easy to make and so much fun to eat afterwards!"

Kevin Geary presents 3 Reasons You Might Want to Ditch That Ketogenic Eating Plan posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss, Vibrant Health and Peak Performance, saying, "Ketogenic diets are all the rage right now, but are they really as good as you think? Look and see why being in ketosis is not as awesome as you think."

Crystal presents TPS 36: Trade it for Bacon with Dan Walsh posted at The Primal Shift Podcast, saying, "Today we’re talking to Dan Walsh. Like so many paleo/primal folks, Dan loves bacon! So much so, that he makes his very own, in his own private smoke-house, in his spare time, outside of his 9-5 job. What’s more, Dan doesn’t sell the stuff – he TRADES for it over at tradeitforbacon.com."

Laura P presents In Defense of Meat posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "The killing and eating of animals is a source of debate for many people. Here are my reasons for eating animal foods, and how to do it with care and respect for the animals."

Sophie Van Tiggelen presents BAKED SPAGHETTI SQUASH CASSEROLE WITH GROUND BEEF and TOMATO-LESS SAUCE posted at A Squirrel in the Kitchen, saying, "This casserole is easy to make and is freezable. Yes, this is a nightshade free tomato-less sauce, great for all the peeps on the autoimmune protocol."

Eileen Laird presents SIBO, FODMAPs and an AIP Low-FODMAP Meal Plan posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Have you heard the terms SIBO and FODMAPs and wondered what they mean? Do you have SIBO and are trying to combine it with the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and finding it overwhelming? I have good news. This week, I'm reviewing Anne Angelone's meal plan, which combines the AIP with a Low-FODMAP diet. I also explain in laymen's terms what these words mean, and interview Anne about the details. She's a functional medicine practitioner with 20 years professional experience. She also has autoimmune disease herself."

Laura P presents The Importance of Wild Caught Seafood posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Sea foods are absolutely essential for good health. But why is wild-caught so important? And what about pollution, and farmed fish? Learn more about one of the most 'super" foods in this post!"

Meg the Paleo Midwife presents Is Kombucha Safe? The Great Alcohol Debate posted at The Modern Paleo Midwife, saying, "Meg the Modern Paleo Midwife explores the safety of Kombucha consumption during pregnancy. Is the 0.5% alcohol content safe? Should we even drink it at all when we're pregnant or breastfeeding? Find out and share your comments!"

Clare Gravolet presents 10 Paleo Tips for Fighting a Cold posted at Happy Eater, saying, "Everyone hates being sick. I've found that these Paleo-friendly remedies shorten my colds by a few days!"

Paul Jaminet presents Update: Attacking Ankylosing Spondylitis with PHD posted at Perfect Health Diet, saying, "It's often necessary for Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferers to avoid starches, but this risks going too low carb. I discuss the strategy one of our readers, Steven Morgan, used to overcome this difficulty and recover from his disease."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #166: The Cod Liver Oil Debate, “Paleoing Harder” and Paleo in College posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "This week- what to do after a stomach bug, do I need to Paleo harder and more!"

Nell Stephenson presents Looking for Chocolate posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about how to find high quality, raw chocolate which can fit into a Paleo Regime."
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 16, 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, 20 November 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five"

I'll chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five" with listeners on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 20 November 2014.

In Chapter Three of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops the outlines of a theory of moral responsibility. He argues that responsibility requires (1) control and (2) knowledge. In Chapter Five of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, I explored and further developed this theory of responsibility. In our discussion of this chapter, we'll explore this theory in depth, considering twists and turns like the role of regret and involuntary ignorance and incapacity.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 20 November 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.

9 November 2014: Q&A on Anarchism's Case Against Government, Sportsmanship, Sleeping Around, and More

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

Does the government monopoly on the use of force violate rights? What is the meaning and value of sportsmanship? Why would anyone even want to sleep around?

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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Saturday, November 08, 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, 9 November 2014: Q&A on Anarchism's Case Against Government, Sportsmanship, Sleeping Around, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 9 November 2014.
  • Question 1: Anarchism's Case Against Government: Does the government monopoly on the use of force violate rights? Anarchist libertarians have long argued that a rights-respecting government is a contradiction in terms. A government, by its very nature, must have a monopoly on the use of force. That must be a coercive monopoly, since the government will not permit competition in the form of any competing defense agencies advocated by anarchists. Hence, government will always violate rights. What is wrong – if anything – with this argument? I've never gotten a good answer, despite often inquiring about it. Moreover, what assurances do we have that this government monopoly will not behave like other monopolies, such that it gets out of control, increases costs, and eventually fails?
  • Question 2: The Value of Sportsmanship: What is the meaning and value of sportsmanship? Kids are often taught – or not taught – to be "good sports." What does that mean? What's the value in that? More broadly, what's a healthy versus unhealthy attitude toward competition in life – not just in sports, but also work, hobbies, friendship, and so on?
  • Question 3: Sleeping Around: Why would anyone even want to sleep around? Ayn Rand used Francisco D'Anconia to describe her view of sexuality in Atlas Shrugged, but while her explanation was easy enough to understand, there were some things she left out. Namely: why would someone, anyone, sleep around? I've met, and read articles by, women who describe their experiences in the "hookup" culture, and across the board they agree that most of the men they slept with were poor lovers who cared little for them once the act was finished. I know men like this in real life who seem surprised at how unfulfilling their sex lives (admittedly much more active than mine) really are. So I have to ask: why would someone choose to have sex with someone when they know, or at least have good reason to believe, that the person has no actual interest in them personally?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 9 November 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.

9 November 2014: Q&A on Anarchism's Case Against Government, Sportsmanship, Sleeping Around, and More

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

Does the government monopoly on the use of force violate rights? What is the meaning and value of sportsmanship? Why would anyone even want to sleep around?

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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Friday, November 07, 2014

The Paleo Rodeo #236

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 Spices on the AIP posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "The trickiest category on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is Spices. Which are allowed and which aren't? Today, I clear up the confusion and also give some AIP-friendly tips for adding a wide variety of flavor to your recipes. Eating AIP should never be bland!"

Louise Hendon presents How Going Gluten-Free Can Give You the Best Sex of Your Life posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "This isn't about oysters or wine, but we do start with food. In particular, gluten."

Louise Hendon presents Types of Sweet Potatoes (With Images) and Why You Should Eat Each posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "There are so many types of sweet potatoes and yams. Which is which and how do you cook them?"

Meghan Little and Angel Ayala Torres presents Paleo Allergy Tea, A Holistic Allergy Remedy posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Fall is here! The temperature is dropping and this Allergy Tea is great for colds and sinuses! …tastes great too!"

Amy Kubal presents NEW and IMPROVED!! The NEXT BIG THING in 30-Day Challenges!! posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "If you're tired of living one 30-day challenge to the next - give this NEW challenge a shot!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #164: Guest Co-Host Diana Rodger, Coconut Oil for Appetite, Kombucha During Pregnancy and Cast Iron Care posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "Diana Rogers from Sustainable Dish is this week's guest host! We talk about the farm life, kombucha, coconut oil and more!"

Clare Gravolet presents Crockpot Jambalaya Pasta posted at Happy Eater, saying, "There's nothing quite like good New Orleans food. So when I'm feeling ambitious, I try to make a Paleo-friendly version of some hometown favorites!"

Nell Stephenson presents Paleo and Endurance Sports: The Perfect Fuel for the Long Haul posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson invites readers to enjoy her presentation on being a successful paleo endurance athlete as part of the women's online weight loss summit."
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 02, 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 evening, 6 November 2014: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five"

I'll chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five" with listeners on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday evening, 6 November 2014.

In Chapter Three of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops the outlines of a theory of moral responsibility. He argues that responsibility requires (1) control and (2) knowledge. In Chapter Five of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, I explored and further developed this theory of responsibility. In our discussion of this chapter, we'll explore this theory in depth, considering twists and turns like the role of regret and involuntary ignorance and incapacity.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Sunday, 6 November 2014. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.

Sunday morning, 9 November 2014: Q&A on Anarchism's Case Against Government, Sportsmanship, Sleeping Around, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 9 November 2014.
  • Question 1: Anarchism's Case Against Government: Does the government monopoly on the use of force violate rights? Anarchist libertarians have long argued that a rights-respecting government is a contradiction in terms. A government, by its very nature, must have a monopoly on the use of force. That must be a coercive monopoly, since the government will not permit competition in the form of any competing defense agencies advocated by anarchists. Hence, government will always violate rights. What is wrong – if anything – with this argument? I've never gotten a good answer, despite often inquiring about it. Moreover, what assurances do we have that this government monopoly will not behave like other monopolies, such that it gets out of control, increases costs, and eventually fails?
  • Question 2: The Value of Sportsmanship: What is the meaning and value of sportsmanship? Kids are often taught – or not taught – to be "good sports." What does that mean? What's the value in that? More broadly, what's a healthy versus unhealthy attitude toward competition in life – not just in sports, but also work, hobbies, friendship, and so on?
  • Question 3: Sleeping Around: Why would anyone even want to sleep around? Ayn Rand used Francisco D'Anconia to describe her view of sexuality in Atlas Shrugged, but while her explanation was easy enough to understand, there were some things she left out. Namely: why would someone, anyone, sleep around? I've met, and read articles by, women who describe their experiences in the "hookup" culture, and across the board they agree that most of the men they slept with were poor lovers who cared little for them once the act was finished. I know men like this in real life who seem surprised at how unfulfilling their sex lives (admittedly much more active than mine) really are. So I have to ask: why would someone choose to have sex with someone when they know, or at least have good reason to believe, that the person has no actual interest in them personally?
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30 October 2014: Q&A on Improving Politicians, Psychological Visibility, and More

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