Pretty sweeping interview in the London Times. I think he gets it right a whole lot more than he gets it wrong. As it turns out, that’s probably the very best anyone can hope for. (via Art De Vany, whom Taleb mentions in the interview)
Entries from June 2008
June 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics & Culture
June 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off · Health & Fitness
Brad: This is so right on. Thing is, we learn it from the time we’re kids (“eat all your dinner, so you can grow up big and strong”). That implies that food is causal to growth, but that’s a cause/effect reversal. Growth hormone causes us to grow and build more muscle. Eating more is an effect, in response to a higher baseline metabolism. I like to use the analogy of a skyscraper. If the raw material caused the growth, then one presumes you could just pile up raw material and have a skyscraper. Instead, you need construction workers (analogous to GH), and the more of them and the more they work, the more raw material (food) you’ll need. Here’s the thing: I made good but slow progress from last May ’07 to the end of the year on a Paleo diet with twice weekly intense workouts, but I was only doing half upper body per session (30 minutes). Then at the first of the year I began the fasting, and that’s when muscle growth and huge increases in strength began to really accelerate. Then I went to full body every time, and I concentrate on legs, chest, back and shoulders….
June 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics & Culture
ObamaNation clinches the Democrat nomination, according to the AP tally. If you find this in any way exciting, glorious, marvelous, or anything like that, please do check your own propensity to lap up foolishness. Footnote: I haven’t read the book, but George Will’s column on Caesaropapism — as coined by Gene Healy in his new book: “The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power” — makes me want to run out and get it. Although, I’m one of the last people on earth to need to read it. Lot’s of you do. Billy doesn’t. Let me put it this way: the nice cleaning ladies that come to my loft every Thursday are immeasurably more important to me than any politician that has ever held the office of President of the United States. Later: Told you: “Lots of More Bullshit.” Hey, if she can “endure” the philandering of the low-life scum she’s married to for the sake of appearances in the eyes of fools, then I suppose any sort of pathetic self-subordination isn’t beyond her.
June 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics & Culture
Well, Kyle had a better take than I. One might add that she did say she wanted to stick around (just in case, y’know). She really brims with concern.
June 6th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
I’ve been spending time in the evenings catching up on some of the blogs I’d not read in some time and Modern Forager is on the list. Did you know that “You Walk Wrong And Your Shoes Are To Blame”? I do; that is, I did, but I don’t anymore. If there’s anything I know a whole very lot about, it’s walking, and I’ve never even read anything about it. I walk. I walk a lot. I walk a fuck of a lot. It began in February, 2003, so nearly 6 1/2 years ago. Every weekday morning, very nearly 100% without failure, my day begins — be it 6 am or 8 am — with a morning walk with the dog — now dogs — for about 3 1/2 miles which, with all the sniffing an peeing — them, not me — takes just about 55 minutes. I figure we’re coming up on 7,000 miles, and that doesn’t count the one or sometimes two additional walks in the afternoon and evening, many of which Bea does, but I do plenty. A very lot of what I believe I now understand about health and fitness and our maladaption to many aspects…
June 9th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Success Stories
Well I finally hit the 200 mark on the scale at the gym, Friday. It’s eight years since I’ve been there, and it feels good. What feels particularly good is that rather than just losing 30 pounds of weight, I lost 45 pounds of fat and gained 15 pounds of lean mass, an estimate my personal trainer thinks is low. My strength has increased dramatically over the last year, and particularly so since I began fasting and going to full body workouts last January. The whole mainstream diet world is focussed on weight loss rather than on body fat loss, and so the approach is too often one where plenty of lean mass is lost right along with the fat (thanks to insane amounts of “cardio”). So, the metabolism slows, people get weaker, and then simply end up with a small version of their previous selves, at roughly the same percentage of body fat to lean mass. Now, instead of being big & fat, they’re skinny and fat. It’s interesting when you develop and eye for this. You no longer look at people in terms of size, but in terms of leanness. Almost everyone is fat. Very fat. You would…
June 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics & Culture
I simply have no stomach for this election disaster whatsoever, and even, politics in general, just now. Life is full, otherwise. Those of you who come here for the rants and ridicule, I sincerely apologize. I’m sure I’ll hit on some things here and there. In the meantime, we’ve always got Billy. It’s way past time for people to start owning up to what they laughingly call their “ideas”. Fucking morons. I hope they freeze in the dark, listening to the cries of their children. The real sin in all this is how they take sensible people along with them on the ride. Goddam right. I am fortunate in that the price of gas doesn’t affect me very much, but I know it’s effecting alot of other people, and for no good reason. If we truly were “running out of oil,” then we should rightly welcome such increases in prices, as such is a natural, free-market means of both rationing what’s left of supplies, as well as driving the search and development of alternative energy sources and alternative means of getting shit done, such as getting from point A to B. But you have the state, globally, in the whole…