Raw Foodists: Beware!
Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham came by Big Think a few weeks ago to discuss cooking and all of its evolutionary implications. Did you know that cooking is a huge influence on the availability of energy? When our ancestors first learned to cook, the initial impact was that they got so much more energy that they began having more babies than before. Wrangham argues that raw food diets are an unsatisfactory source of nutrients. 50 percent of women living on an ideal raw food diet aren't able to become pregnant.Wrangham also ventures outside the realm of food in his discussion on human aggression and why we kill. He wonders how the climate of war would change if more females were in positions of power. Plus, how will we eat in the future? Get ready for quite the image: "There will be a day when our food will be piped into our houses in some form of algomash that we can then turn into the equivalent of today's hamburgers and donuts." Bon Appetit!
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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