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Road Trip to Nowhere: Day 1, Nashville

August 28, 2017 at 1:37 am





First day of our indefinite road trip to nowhere. Mixed feelings. I mostly feel happy, relieved, free.

But still a little anxious. Still have a ton of “busyness” deprogramming to do. Still have a hard time relaxing. Sitting still. Being present.

The Natural Age of Weaning

August 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm






Mothers today are bombarded with all kinds of conflicting advice on how long they should breastfeed. Some are told it’s “gross” or “weird” to nurse beyond six or 12 months. Some consider nursing a 2 or 3-year-old to be “extended” breastfeeding.

Waking Up From The American Nightmare

August 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Rewriting the American Dream




The American Dream is not a dream, it’s a nightmare, and it’s time to wake up.

The American Dream according to Wikipedia is “the opportunity for prosperity, success and upward social mobility … achieved by hard work in a society with few barriers…”

“‘Work hard, save a little, send the kids to college so they can do better than you did, and retire happily to a warmer climate’ is the script we have all been handed,” writes Lawrence Samuel in his book The American Dream.

The trouble is we rarely question what “better” means. Better than who? Europeans? Because we have bigger cars, bigger houses, faster food and work longer hours? Better than the few remaining gatherer-hunter tribes on the planet, who, until recent contact with civilization, lived in real-life Paradise?

Medieval Jewish Philosopher Reveals True Purpose of Circumcision

August 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

To destroy sexual love




In his book A Guide for the Perplexed, famous Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher Moses Maimonides, revealed what he and his 10th century peers believed to be the true purpose of circumcision – to destroy sexual love or “lust,” as he calls it.

Waking Up in the Dream

August 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm




It’s the same part of the dream I always wake up in. I just got out of class. I walk down the hall and three flights of stairs with the herd, anxiously pushing through the slow ones, until at last I fling open the double doors and skip down a few more steps to freedom.

The sun warms my air-conditioned skin, my lungs fill with fresh air, the palm trees sway in the breeze, and the birds are singing in my university’s beautifully landscaped gardens.

Elon Musk Worries Our Lives Won’t Have “Meaning” When Robots Take Our Jobs

July 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm




Most of the jobs in the world today will be done by robots in a couple of decades, Elon Musk predicted at a World Government Summit a few months ago.

No need to worry about unemployment though, Musk says, we will almost certainly all receive a universal basic income just for existing.

The real problem will be finding a sense of purpose or “meaning” when our labor becomes obsolete, he says:

Why Modern Humans Need to Fast, Scientists Explain

July 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm




Why agricultural humans need to mimic the eating and non-eating patterns of hunter-gatherers

For hundreds of thousands of years, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate food only intermittently. When they killed a large animal, the tribe feasted for days, when they didn’t, they might go a day or two without eating much or anything at all.

In the modern world, it is almost inconceivable for people to skip more than one meal. While we might think of it as a great advantage, our continual supply of calories actually comes along with many disadvantages.

The Placebo Effect Proves We Can Heal Ourselves With Our Minds

July 16, 2017 at 3:59 am




In a documentary called The Power of Thought, stem-cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton estimates at least a third of all healings – including those involving drugs, surgery and all other allopathic treatment – have nothing to do with the treatment itself, but everything to do with the patient’s belief in the treatment.

The placebo effect, as defined by Google, is a “beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”

I LOVE Facebook. And You Probably Do Too. Why Can’t We All Stop Pretending to Hate It?

July 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm




I LOVE Facebook. I fucking love it. I always see people posting about how much they hate it:

“I hate facebook.”
 
“About to take a 2-hour break from Facebook. Just wanted to let you all know so you don’t worry.”
 
“If you need to get a hold of me, send me a private message on Facebook messenger. I’m not hardcore enough to take a break from that yet.”
 
“Just got back from my Facebook break and am instantly reminded of why I took a break in the first place.”
“I’m one stupid-post away from taking another break. I’m warning you guys.”

What a Hunter-Gatherer Diet Did to a Man’s Gut Bacteria in Just Three Days

July 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

After just three days of living and eating with the Hadza gatherer-hunters, the gut flora of a relatively healthy British professor were transformed for the better.




Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London, has been studying the “major influence” gut bacteria (and other microbes) have on our immune system, metabolism, mood and general health. What he and his colleagues have found is the greater the gut flora diversity – the more types of microbes – the better. High diversity is associated with low risk of obesity and all types of disease.