Saturday, April 18, 2015

The State of Modern Paleo

By Diana Hsieh

Apart from the weekly Paleo Rodeo, Modern Paleo has been pretty much in a coma for the past few years, as my attention has been on Philosophy in Action. That's even more true lately, and so I've decided that I should let the Paleo Rodeo go by the wayside too — meaning cease its publication. (That being said... another PaleoBlogger might take it over, and if that happens, I'll post her blog URL so that you can follow it on her blog.)

Despite going dormant, the blog archives and core principles of paleo are still likely to be of interest.

My philosophical work – advocating and explaining rational principles for real life – can be found at Philosophy in Action. I might occasionally post announcements of relevant podcasts... like this one from last Sunday:

On Sunday's episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered a question on the ethics of care for the body. The question was:

What is the moral status of actions aimed at tending to one's body? In an egoistic ethics, the ultimate end of moral action is the growth and continuation of one's own life. Ayn Rand discussed many of the kinds of actions required to achieve this goal, but she didn't discuss matters of "bodily care," such as cleaning your teeth, eating well, exercising regularly, tending to a wound, and seeking necessary medical care. These constitute a whole universe of actions necessary for the maintenance of one's body and, hence, one's life. Are such actions moral and virtuous? Should bodily care itself be considered a virtue? Or are these actions already subsumed under the virtues? (If so, I would love to know how to brush my teeth with integrity and pride!)
My Answer, In Brief: A person's bodily health matters hugely to his well-being and longevity. New virtues are not required to account for this, however, as the virtues of integrity and pride do apply in spades.

Download or Listen to My Full Answer:
Tags: Ambition, Body, Character, Diet, Fitness, Health, Integrity, Mind-Body Connection, Mindsets, Pride, Rationalism, Values, Virtue Links:To comment on this question or my answer, visit its comment thread. A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on the major virtues, signs of repression, the ethics of care for the body, and more – is available here: Episode of 12 April 2015. You can automatically download podcasts of Philosophy in Action Radio by subscribing to Philosophy in Action's Podcast RSS Feed: About Philosophy in Action Radio Philosophy in Action Radio focuses on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. It broadcasts live on most Sunday mornings and many Thursday evenings over the internet. For information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap. For podcasts of past shows, visit the Show Archives.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

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 some Thursday evenings. More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 12 April 2015: Q&A on Seven Virtues, Repression, Care of the Body, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 12 April 2015.
  • Question 1: The Special Seven Virtues: What's so special about the seven virtues? Ayn Rand identified seven virtues: rationality, honesty, productiveness, independence, justice, integrity, and pride. What's different about those qualities – as compared to other commonly touted virtues like benevolence, creativity, temperance, or courage? Basically, why are those seven the virtues in Objectivism? Is Objectivism right to single them out?
  • Question 2: Signs of Repression: What are the signs of emotional repression? It's very important not to repress your emotions, especially if you are a person with rationalistic tendencies. But how might a person identify when he's repressing some emotions? What are the signs? What can be done to avoid and overcome the tendency to repress, if such a tendency has become habitual?
  • Question 3: The Ethics of Care for the Body: What is the moral status of actions aimed at tending to one's body? In an egoistic ethics, the ultimate end of moral action is the growth and continuation of one's own life. Ayn Rand elaborated on discussed many of the kinds of actions required to achieve this goal, but she didn't discuss matters of "bodily care," such as cleaning your teeth, eating well, exercising regularly, tending to a wound, and seeking necessary medical care. These constitute a whole universe of actions necessary for the maintenance of one's body and, hence, one's life. Are such actions moral and virtuous? Should bodily care itself be considered a virtue? Or are these actions already subsumed under the virtues? (If so, I would love to know how to brush my teeth with integrity and pride!)
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 12 April 2015. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


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5 April 2015: Q&A on Personality and Ethics, Euthanizing a Pet, and More

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

How does personality theory affect ethics? When should a person euthanize a pet?

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

9 April 2015: Podcast on "Argument from Miracles for the Existence of God, Part 1"

I podcast on "Argument from Miracles for the Existence of God, Part 1" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"Do reports of miracles prove the existence of God? Most people of faith appeal to the miracles of their faith as grounds for their belief. Here, I consider what miracles are, how they are supposed to prove God's existence, and raise some concerns about them.

This podcast is one of the ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion. Below, you can preview the podcast for free. Then, purchase access to my whole series of 16 podcasts (8 free, 8 premium) for just $10. (Regular contributors to Philosophy in Action's Tip Jar should email me for free access.)"

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, April 10, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #255

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 Locked-up Eggs posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "This dish is perfect for a Sunday breakfast or brunch, but could just as easily be dinner."

Blair presents Decrease Insulin to Increase Fat Burning posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "Adopting a lower carb and higher natural fat way of eating can take insulin out of the equation enough to where our bodies have no other choice but to burn more fat. Plus this week’s Better-Fat-Burner links, CocoButter balls, and a free eBook offer—limited time only—act fast!"

Eileen presents AIP Food Pyramid posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "We've all seen the USDA food pyramid, and we know that's a recipe for poor health. Are you curious what an AIP food pyramid looks like? What foods make up the foundation? Which ones are at the top and reserved for special occasions? When it comes to the paleo autoimmune protocol, we focus a lot on what we can't eat. But the key to being happy on a healing diet is knowing what we CAN eat, and realizing that we can eat delicious, satiating food every single day, and heal at the same time."

Jeah Kessha presents Kick Ass Kultured Vegies posted at Paleo all the Way, saying, "I invented this recipe in search of a mild cultured veggie mix that would be like a stew or a stir fry, but completely raw. The idea was an 'instant meal' type thing that would go with meat, cheese and butter, be mouth watering delicious, and pack a powerhouse of super-food caliber nutrition."

Vanessa presents What happens when you get off sugar and back on far posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Sugar is everywhere. In fact there are so many words for sugar I've had trouble fitting them on a US letter size page in a size 6 font. One of the reasons perhaps for so many sugars in our foods is that we’ve deliberately processed the fat out: low fat food products are big business and for the last thirty years, we’ve actually been lead to believe that that’s the key to health. Our heart foundations have actually gotten behind these products with their tick of approval and media have convinced us that buying these products is all we need now to ensure health."

Jennifer Brand presents Size does matter: LDL particle size (and number) posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "I'm continuing on my heart disease/cholesterol theme again this week, this time discussing the SIZE of LDL particles. It's becoming clear that our old 'friend' LDL cholesterol doesn't tell the entire story, and that there are many more intricacies involved in the pathophysiology of heart disease."

Melissa Bishop presents Using Organo Gold to make bullet proof coffee posted at Focus on Paleo, saying, "If you're going to drink coffee, drink coffee that can improve your health."

Melissa Bishop presents Seeing my illness unfold and knowing what to do about it posted at Focus on Paleo, saying, "Finally seeing my illness, step-by-step, as it takes over my body was incredibly enlightening. Go easy on people you think are just fat and out of control. The out of control part might be right, but not in the way you might be thinking."
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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?

By Diana Hsieh

Another philosophy update today...

Back in March 2012, I gave a lecture titled "Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?" as part of the CU Boulder Philosophy Department's "Think!" series. In the lecture, I explored Ayn Rand's concept of moral perfection, arguing that it's necessary for a happy, fulfilled, and moral life.

Yesterday, I posted the podcast of that lecture... finally! It's "premium content" for Philosophy in Action, so it's available for $10. (If you're a regular contributor to Philosophy in Action's Tip Jar, it's free to you, so just email me for free access.) Anyone can preview the first 14 minutes of the lecture here before buying: http://www.philosophyinaction.com/perfection

Here's the abstract of the lecture:

Most people dismiss any ideal of moral perfection as beyond their reach. "I'm only human," they say. That view is a legacy of Christianity, which teaches that moral perfection is possible to God alone and that any attempt at moral perfection is the sin of pride. In sharp contrast, Ayn Rand argues that moral perfection is not only possible to ordinary people, but also necessary for anyone who wants to live a virtuous and happy life. Hence, pride, understood as moral ambitiousness, is one of her seven major virtues – as seen in the heroes of her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

This talk explores Ayn Rand's views of moral perfection, ambition, and pride. What does she think that morality demands? How can people achieve that? How should people respond to their own moral wrongs and errors? We will compare Rand's answers to these questions to those of Aristotle. We will find that, despite some differences in each philosopher's conception of virtue, they share the compelling view that seeking moral perfection is crucially important to a person's life and happiness.

The lecture is a friendly introduction to some of the principles of Ayn Rand's egoistic ethics for people unfamiliar with that, and it's got plenty of fresh red meat for long-time Objectivists too.

Again, you can preview and purchase the podcast of that lecture here: Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?

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Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and some Thursday evenings. More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday morning, 5 April 2015: Q&A on Personality and Ethics, Euthanizing a Pet, Repression, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 5 April 2015.
  • Question 1: Personality Theory and Ethics: How does personality theory affect ethics? In your December 21st, 2014 discussion of the relationship between philosophy and science, you stated that your grasp of personality theory has given you a fresh perspective on ethics and changed your understanding of the requirements of the virtues. How does personality theory inform the field of ethics, in general? How should personality theory inform our moral judgments? How does one avoid slipping into subjectivism when accounting for personality differences? (Presumably, it doesn't matter whether Hitler was a High-D or not before we judge him as evil.) How can we distinguish between making reasonable accommodations for personality differences and appeasing destructive behavior and people? Are virtues other than justice affected by an understanding of personality theory?
  • Question 2: Euthanizing a Pet: When should a person euthanize a pet? Over the years, I've had to decide whether to medically treat my cats or euthanize them when they're seriously ill, and it tends to be a hard choice to make. Concern for the cat's quality of life is a factor, but so is the monetary cost of veterinary procedures and medication, the time required, and the emotional pain of parting from an animal that has been part of my life for many years. In my own decisions, I've come down to, "Am I keeping this cat alive because his life has value to him, or because I don't want to face losing him?" Yet in online discussions, I see comments from other people who strike me as prolonging a pet's life even when the pet is miserable, which seems horrifying to me. What is your approach to these decisions? What do you think is the best way to approach them? Is this a question of ethical principle or purely one of optional values?
  • Question 3: Signs of Repression: What are the signs of emotional repression? It's very important not to repress your emotions, especially if you are a person with rationalistic tendencies. But how might a person identify when he's repressing some emotions? What are the signs? What can be done to avoid and overcome the tendency to repress, if such a tendency has become habitual?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 5 April 2015. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Thursday evening, 9 April 2015: Chat about "Argument from Miracles, Part 1: The Arguments"

I'll chat about "Argument from Miracles, Part 1: The Arguments" with listeners on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 9 April 2015.

Do reports of miracles prove the existence of God? Most people of faith appeal to the miracles of their faith as grounds for their belief. Here, I consider what miracles are, how they are supposed to prove God's existence, and raise some concerns about them.

This show is part of my ReligionCasts series of podcasts on philosophy of religion. The live show will be available for free, and the podcast will be available for free to regular contributors. Anyone else will be able to purchase the podcasts for the whole series for $10.


The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 9 April 2015. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


Podcasts of radio shows are posted shortly after the live broadcast. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. To ensure that you don't miss an episode, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

29 March 2015: Q&A on Rights to Things, Extreme Cases, Being Helpful, and More

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

Do people have a right to food and shelter? Do moral principles break down in extreme cases? Should I do something nice for a coworker I dislike?

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

2 April 2015: Podcast on "Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?"

I podcast on "Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?" on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"Most people dismiss any ideal of moral perfection as beyond their reach. "I'm only human," they say. That view is a legacy of Christianity, which teaches that moral perfection is possible to God alone and that any attempt at moral perfection is the sin of pride. In sharp contrast, Ayn Rand argues that moral perfection is not only possible to ordinary people, but also necessary for anyone who wants to live a virtuous and happy life. Hence, pride, understood as moral ambitiousness, is one of her seven major virtues – as seen in the heroes of her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

This talk explores Ayn Rand's views of moral perfection, ambition, and pride. What does she think that morality demands? How can people achieve that? How should people respond to their own moral wrongs and errors? We will compare Rand's answers to these questions to those of Aristotle. We will find that, despite some differences in each philosopher's conception of virtue, they share the compelling view that seeking moral perfection is crucially important to a person's life and happiness.

This lecture was given on 6 March 2012 at the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of the Philosophy Department's "Think!" series.

Below, you can preview 14 minutes of this lecture. Then, purchase access to the full 90-minute lecture for just $10. (Regular contributors to Philosophy in Action's Tip Jar should email me for free access.)"

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, April 03, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #254

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 7 Little-Known Reasons Why Treadmills Are Making You Weak posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Tired of pounding plastic everyday at the gym? Find out why the treadmill is actually hurting and not helping you."

Sophie presents AIP / SPRING BREAKFAST CHICKEN SOUP – SLOW COOKER PALEO RECIPE posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "This breakfast chicken soup is easy to digest and a nutritional power-house! Serve with fresh herbs, scallions, and avocado, for a wholesome meal."

Vanessa presents Why eating fat doesn't make you fat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Eating fat doesn’t make you fat because: - the fat we eat, macronutrient fat, is not the same as what makes body size fat. - our brain is made of fat, the main fuel of the heart is fat; in fact every cell membrane is made of fat: a bi-lipid layer! - it's not fat, but sugar that makes us fat - that said, there are still good and bad fats: it's the healthy ones we want to focus on."

Jennifer Brand presents Cholesterol and statins posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "Statins are VERY commonly prescribed to treat high cholesterol. Their mechanism of action [in my opinion] leaves a lot to be desired. Check it out!"

Eileen presents Episode 15: Adrenal Fatigue posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between adrenal fatigue and autoimmunity. Our guest, Christopher Kelly, has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. The classic symptom of adrenal fatigue is feeling tired but wired. What causes it? How is it connected to autoimmunity? And how is it healed? Chris answers these questions and also shares his personal healing story."

Jeah Kessha presents Coconut Butter Cacao Balls Superfood posted at Paleo all the Way, saying, "Most people pop one of these into their mouths and give out a shout...something like they have never had anything like it. A true crowd pleaser and the fact they have health benefits doesn't have to be mentioned.The recipe is strategically designed to stimulate metabolism, brain function, and joint care and balance blood sugar."

Melissa Joulwan presents Paleo Creole Ham and (Cauliflower) Rice posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Smoky ham and tender cauliflower rice get a kick from creole spices. It's a one-pan meal that's on the table in under an hour!"

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #185: (Best of) Chris Kresser – All About Digestion posted at Diane Sanfilippo, saying, "This week's special guest is Chris Kresser and he is talking all about digestion!"

Salixisme presents Moroccan Lemon And Herb Roasted Chicken posted at Salixisme - AIP Living, saying, "This is my newest favourite way to cook a chicken… Stuffed with herbs and Moroccan lemons. It tastes wonderful and the meat is always juicy and tender…."

Salixisme presents 75 AIP Easter Recipes Roundup posted at Salixisme - AIP Living, saying, "75 of the best AIP recipes for your Easter menu..."

Salixisme presents Avocado-Nana Raspberry Parfait posted at Salixisme - AIP Living, saying, "In this parfait, the avocado provides a smooth rich creamyness, while the banana sweetens it. It is simply a smooth avocado and banana puree layered with fresh raspberries and topped with a little coconut cream and a few more fresh raspberries."

Laura P presents Super Easy DIY Facial Scrub posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Cleaning up your lifestyle is not just about food and exercise, but also getting rid of toxic products from your home. This scrub can be used on your face and body, and is made from ingredients you already have at home, plus it is amazing for your skin!"
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, March 28, 2015

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, 29 March 2015: Q&A on Rights to Things, Extreme Cases, Being Helpful, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 29 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Claims of Rights to Food and Shelter: Do people have a right to food and shelter? I recently had a conversation with a Facebook friend who stated that food and shelter are more than necessities, they are rights. I posed the question, "How does one exercise their right to food and shelter?" No one answered the question, so I would like to pose it here. Most food in this country is grown by farmers and sold fresh, or processed in a factory for sale. If food is a "right," does anyone without the means to buy these products have an inherent right to take what they need without any remuneration to the farmer or the manufacturer? The same applies to shelter. How does one exercise their "right" to shelter without a means to earn it? We have a right to free speech, and a right to vote. One is exercised by speaking your mind on a subject without fear of government reprisal, and the other is exercised by voting during elections. We have the right to practice whatever religion we want or none at all. The press has the right to print or say whatever they want. Any "right" to food or shelter would have to operate differently. So are food and shelter a "right"? What would that mean in practice?
  • Question 2: Extreme Cases: Do moral principles break down in extreme cases? When faced with bizarre hypotheticals, advocates of rational egoism often assert that such scenarios would never happen. This seems to be dodging the question. It's said that conventional understandings of physics break down at microscopic and extremely grand-scale levels. Does morality follow a similar pattern? For example, what if a small society of people stranded on an island faced a shortage of clean water, and a single individual who owned all access to clean water refused to sell it? Is that really impossible? Doesn't that show that the principle of individual rights breaks down in extreme cases?
  • Question 3: Being Helpful to a Disliked Co-Worker: Should I do something nice for a coworker I dislike? There's a lady at work that I dislike. My conflict with her is primarily merely a conflict of personality. I find her defensive, passive-aggressive, and awkward to the point of rudeness. I am also not very impressed with her work products, but that rarely has a direct impact on me – except when I'm asked to review them – as is the fact that she only seems to work for about six hours every day. Indirectly, of course, her eccentricities and poor work quality cast our team in a very poor light and could eventually serve as a reason to dissolve or lay off our team. It's a mystery as to why she hasn't been fired. But I'm not her manager. In a meeting earlier today, she made a remark that she thought she was being excluded from important meetings that are relevant to her work. The truth is that she's not being actively excluded from these meetings, but rather everything is happening so fast and the meetings aren't always planned, so it's really just not possible to include her in those meetings. She would probably be heartened to understand better how these events take place in our company. (She's rather new, and I am very tenured.) She might feel better about her position and she might become less defensive about things if she had a better understanding of the organizational mechanics here. But I strongly dislike her and would prefer that she seek other employment. Should I be kind and explain those mechanics or not?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 29 March 2015. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #253

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 Fitting Out: How to Dramatically Improve Your Health by Rejecting the Status Quo posted at Rebooted Body: Fat Loss + Peak Performance + Vibrant Health, saying, "Have you always lived by the status quo? Has it gotten you nowhere?? Now is the time to learn how to dramatically improve your health by rejecting what you have been following for years!!"

Jennifer Brand presents Ketones and ketoacidosis, what’s the deal? posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "In this piece I set out to explain the difference between ketosis which is a normal metabolic state the body can enter when there is a lack of dietary carbohydrates, and in times of fasting (even overnight fasting), and ketoacidosis which is a life threatening condition that can occur in uncontrolled type 1 diabetes for example."

Vanessa presents Coconut oil - the gateway fat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "Now that sugar is accepted as the bad guy in our food, it’s time to get back into fat."

Louise Hendon presents How to Make Ghee In a Slow Cooker posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Ghee is so delicious, healthy, and easy to make. So follow this simple recipe to make it at home in your slow cooker."

Louise Hendon presents Why You Need A Foam Roller (Including 4 Foam Roller Exercises) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "If you don't have a foam roller, then you don't know what you're missing! I use it to roll out my muscles after exercising and to massage any muscles that are sore."

Louise Hendon presents How To Start A Paleo Diet (5 Options – I like #5 the best) posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "There are a variety of ways to start a Paleo diet, so choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and personality."

Blair presents Orgasmic and Herbal Cortisol Management posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "Chronic exposure to high cortisol leads to bodily insults and, like a burn from a flame, the more prolonged the exposure, the greater the damage. This post offers up ways to prevent getting burned by cortisol and features another Paleo Little Effort Big Result recipe along with this week's Better-Fat-Burner links."

Eileen presents Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "I've jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, and I am in love. I could tell you that it's this cool machine that is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and even has a sauté function that lets you brown meat before cooking. And it is all of those things, but honestly? There is one simple reason that I'm a smitten kitten. It makes 24-hour gelatinous bone broth in just 2-1/2 hours. I have been making 24-hour bone broth for almost 3 years, and saving this much time in the kitchen fills me with the kind of gratitude that only 'real food cooks" like yourself can understand. Ready to do a happy dance in your kitchen?"

Jeah Kessha presents 20 Powerful Detox Tools/Techniques posted at Paleo all the Way, saying, "Detoxing is always happening. Toxicity is always happening, in our current world. Just getting the body to work properly will cause it to naturally detox, that is, push things out that don’t belong there. This overview provides a practical outline combining unusual principles from a variety of modalities."

Laura P presents The Power Of Zinc, The "Intelligence Mineral" posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "Zinc is an often overlooked, yet extremely important trace mineral. Modern diets not only lack sufficient zinc, but they also prevent the body from absorbing it. Here is some info on where to get zinc in a traditional foods diet and why this mineral is so important for healing the body!"
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, March 21, 2015

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.


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.

15 March 2015: Q&A on Philosophy, Confederate Flags, Abortion Funding, and More

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

What are the major branches of philosophy? Is displaying the Confederate flag racist? Should taxpayer-funded abortions be opposed?

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, March 14, 2015

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, 15 March 2015: Q&A on Philosophy, Confederate Flags, Abortion Funding, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 15 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Major Branches of Philosophy: What are the major branches of philosophy? Ayn Rand claimed that philosophy consisted of five major branches – metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and esthetics. Is that right? If so, why are those the five major branches? Are they comprehensive in some way? Why not include philosophy of science, logic, philosophy of mind, and so on?
  • Question 2: Displaying the Confederate Flag: Is displaying the Confederate flag racist? I've been told by southerners that displaying the flag of the Confederate States amounts to a display of "southern pride." I think it amounts to a display of racism, given the history of the south. That flag was used in a time when the agricultural economy of the southern states relied on slave labor. Many southern states seceded from the Union, largely because of their nefarious interests in preserving slavery. The Confederate flag represents these states and their ideology. Hence, I think it's morally questionable (at least) to display it. I don't think the south should take pride in or honor the Confederacy. Am I right or wrong in my thinking? What should I think of people who choose to display the Confederate flag?
  • Question 3: Taxpayer-Funded Abortions: Should taxpayer-funded abortions be opposed? In Victoria, Australia, we have fairly good laws on abortion and there are almost no legal or social barriers to access. However, we also have a very generous public health care system which means that most if not all of the costs of an abortion will be covered by the public. Is there something especially wrong with publicly funded abortion that advocates of individual rights should be concerned with or is it morally equivalent to the immorality of forcing others to pay for less controversial treatment such as dental surgery? Does the cultural context influence how a free-market advocate should approach this topic? While the majority of the community supports the current laws, there seem to be signs of an anti-abortion faction developing in the Liberal Party (the conservatives). I wouldn't want to have opposition to publicly-funded abortions result in any kind of ban on abortions. So should publicly funded abortions be opposed or not?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 15 March 2015. 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.

8 March 2015: Q&A on Fractional Reserve Banking, Honesty, Trust in Business, and More

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

Does fraud require deliberate deception? Are some people unworthy of the truth? How can I decide whether a business associate has crossed the line?

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, March 13, 2015

The Paleo Rodeo #252

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 Spicy Coconut Mayo posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Homemade mayo gets tropical with a touch of heat and toasted coconut."

Angel and Meghan presents Paleo Chicken and Dumplings, A Paleo Comfort Food posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "Paleo Effect provides a wealth of information and free recipes based on the Paleo Lifestyle."

Eileen Laird presents Salmon Primavera posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "Ready for a delicious weeknight meal that takes only 30 minutes to prepare, including prep and cook time? This is my new favorite. Nutrient-dense salmon meets playful zucchini noodles. A recipe for kids and adults alike!"

Jennifer Brand presents I 'C' You posted at Alliefitfoodie, saying, "Vitamin C is an important water soluble vitamin. This post gives a little background on it, describes some of the functions of it in the body, and explores if it really works for avoiding getting sick!"

Sophie presents Braised Belgian Endives with Bacon posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "Braised Belgian endive have a distinctive sweet and buttery taste. They pair very well with roasted pork chops, or any kind of meat and poultry."

Blair presents Corralling Cortisol posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "To make enough cortisol, the adrenals “steal” the building block (pregnenolone) needed to produce sex hormones. This, along with the loss of ovarian hormones during menopause, is a double whammy to a woman's well-being. Corralling Cortisol explains how to take action and also includes this week’s Better Fat Burner links and a Little-Effort-Big-Result slow cooker recipe."

Diane Sanfilippo presents Podcast Episode #182: Get Fit Faster with Jen Sinkler posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "Learn how to Get Fit Faster this week with our guest Jen Sinkler. Find out about her new program 'Lift Weights Faster 2."."

Vanessa presents Brothing my way thru my first mid-western winter posted at Fitbynature, saying, "There's a lot of brothing going around this winter. Cafe Brodo in NYC has everyone replacing their sugar laden pumpkin spice lattes with a nourishing drink instead. It's the wheatgrass shot of winter."

Laura P presents Super Supplement: Cod Liver Oil posted at Rising Moon Nutrition, saying, "I recommend cod liver oil for almost all of my clients...find out why I love cod liver oil and if it may benefit you and your family!"
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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Friday, March 06, 2015

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, 8 March 2015: Q&A on Fraud and Deception, Honesty, Trust in Business, and More

I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 8 March 2015.
  • Question 1: Fraud and Deception: Does fraud require deliberate deception? Some libertarians, most notably Walter Block, have tried to argue that fraud does not require deliberate deception. For example, argues Block, if I tried to sell you a square circle, and I believed that square circles existed, and so did you, and you agreed to the transaction, then, since square circles do not actually exist, this would still count as fraud, even though no deliberate deception has taken place. Block has used this argument to indict fractional reserve banking, by arguing that it still counts as fraud even though all parties are knowingly consenting. Is he talking rationalist nonsense?
  • Question 2: People Unworthy of the Truth: Are some people unworthy of the truth? "Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it," said Mark Twain in his Notebooks. Is that true? Does that justify lying – or merely withholding information?
  • Question 3: Deception in a Business Partner: How can I decide whether a business associate has crossed the line? I am part of a very specialized marketing co-op group. Businesses provide samples to the marketer, who then sells them at his own profit, to the tune of thousands of dollars a month. The marketer also does many web promotions and a monthly set of videos to promote the makers of these samples. This business has worked well in sending customers my way in the past. However, a few months ago, the marketer threatened to call the whole thing off for a month, claiming there were not enough samples to sell. So all the businesses rallied and sent in more. Two weeks later the marketer posted publicly that his spouse's hours had been cut the month before, and he was strapped for cash. This apparent dishonesty turned me off from using the service for many months. When I finally sent in samples again, I found that the same thing is still happening: the marketer is threatening to call off the promotion for the month if more samples are not sent in. Does this kind of behavior warrant dropping this business tool from my arsenal? Or am I just reacting emotionally?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 8 March 2015. 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.

1 March 2015: Q&A on Character, Revenge Porn, Atheism, and More

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

What is the nature of character? Should revenge porn be illegal? How can I avoid coming out as an atheist to my boyfriend's parents?

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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The Paleo Rodeo #251

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:
Meghanne Reburn RM presents Pregnancy Cravings. The why and the why the heck not? posted at Modern Paleo Midwife, saying, "Meg, the Midwife, explores a common issue for many pregnant women, cravings. Why do we get them? How can we maintain a healthy paleo diet when all we want to do is reach for the bag of cookies or boxed mac and cheese?"

Melissa Joulwan presents Tips for Eating Paleo in Restaurants posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Tons of tips so you can enjoy meals in restaurants without trashing your good habits."

Eileen Laird presents Episode 13: Autoimmunity and Infertility posted at Phoenix Helix, saying, "This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between autoimmunity and infertility. Our guest, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, has 14 years experience helping women have babies. Many of her patients have autoimmune disease as well. Why is that a common problem, and how can we reverse it and restore our fertility, along with our health?"

Vanessa presents Health is cellular posted at Fitbynature, saying, "If you think of who you are you can say ‘I am a collection of 100 trillion cells’. But like wise, when our cells are nutrient deficient we go on a downward spiral."

Vanessa presents Every meal should be a treat posted at Fitbynature, saying, "I’ve always been one of those people that needed something sweet after dinner. But let’s be honest: anything that seriously satisfies our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of health: most snacks contain (gasp!) sugar."

Sophie presents Apple and sage elk meatloaf posted at A Squirrel in the kitchen, saying, "If you are not familiar with elk meat, this recipe is a good way to break the ice! It is really hard to mess up a meatloaf and they always taste good (well, most of the time!). Actually I would put meatloaf in the comfort food category. It is also something you can make ahead of time and serve for dinner on week-day nights. Perfect!"

Blair presents Coo Coo for Coconut posted at Menopause Happens, saying, "In this post I pay tribute to coconut and explain why it is a great replacement for high carbohydrate foods. I also share my Coco-Nut Granola recipe and provide a compilation of last week's BFB (Better Fat Burner) links."

Sabine presents Coconut Crusted Cod posted at Cave Food Kitchen, saying, "Codfish is an excellent source of protein, but on it's own, it tastes a bit bland. There's a reason why often it's rolled in breadcrumbs and fried to make it more tasty. However, with the right spices and coating, you can make a similar version yourself, using shredded coconut as a breading, which provides a mild sweet taste, extra fiber and healthy fats."

Jeah Kessha presents How Textiles Effect Your Health and Sleep posted at Footloose and Chairfree, saying, "We actually 'eat' the chemicals found in clothing bedding, through our skin and lungs. We are being exposed to thousands of endocrine blocking agents, compromising the efforts we make in the diet realm. Find out how it works and what you can do about it."

Amy Kubal presents Paleofication: Just Because The Label Says Paleo Doesn’t Mean It's Healthy... posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "I haven't ranted in quite a while - so, let's talk about that Paleo bread, cookie, granola... This is a good one, folks. Brace yourselves!!"

Clare Gravolet presents Top 10 Most Popular Recipes on Happy-Eater.Com posted at Happy Eater, saying, "My blog is about eight months old now, and over the past few months some of my readers' favorite recipes have started emerging! This post includes readers' favorite Paleo/Primal recipes! (My personal favorite are the spiced cinnamon maple pecans!)."

Louise Hendon presents Paleo Curried Chicken Salad Recipe posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "Delicious chicken curry salad recipe - easy to make and super tasty!"

Louise Hendon presents 20 Perfect Paleo Keto Recipes posted at Paleo Living Magazine, saying, "This list of Paleo keto recipes will help you stick to a ketogenic diet more easily!"
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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