~ Very interesting post by Dr. Stephan: The Paleolithic Mind. I think it's worthy to consider that just as we evolved on certain foods we evolved in certain social structures. To my mind, individualist, anti-authoritarian philosophy is an attempt in part to regain our evolved social heritage, just as the various forms of "The Paleo Diet" constitute an attempt to return to our evolved metabolic milieu. Here's the comment I dropped, edited somewhat.
Wow Stephan, you've just laid out many of the reasons I consider myself anarchist, "politically," if one can even consider HGs to practice "politics" in the way modern societies do. I've often said that we evolved to account for the values and actions of about 30 individuals or so and that each person is integral to the whole group and not merely a cog in the machine. Each individual has real influence over others.
Of course, I choose to live in modern society and submit to the diktats of the Nomenclatura, but it certainly helps to understand the source of the stress it causes. [...]
Some practical ways that I escape some of the stress of being subservient to the mass collective:
- I don't vote, guiltlessly and proudly so. Not interested in getting my 1/270 millionth say in my own affairs.
- I never seek out "the news" on TV, radio or in print. The most I do is listen to NPR now and then because of their deeper exploration of the issues they cover.
On the latter point, this has been a huge daily benefit for the last couple of years....
~ Quite coincidentally I'm sure, Mark Sisson touches on some of these same social issues: Are Humans Hard Wired For A Limited Social Circle?
A British anthropologist named Robin Dunbar figured the same principle ought to apply to all primates – human and non-human alike. In 1992, using the predictive value of neocortex size, he was able to accurately predict average group size for thirty-six species of monkeys and apes. He then followed suit (abstract) for human primates and came up with a human maximum “mean group size” of 150 and an “intimate circle size” of 12. Hypothesis in hand, he then compared his prediction with observed human group sizes, paying special attention to the anthropological literature and reports from hunter-gatherer societies. The homo sapien brain developed around 250,000 years ago, so looking at hunter-gatherers was his best bet for approximating the social behaviors of Paleolithic ancestors.
I'd add just one tidbit to Mark's excellent post (and make sure to think about the implications of the new social Media Mark brings to light) and that is that before the advent of agriculture with stored foodstuffs like grain and the breeding of livestock, there was no government as we know it because there was literally nothing to steal. Of course, that doesn't mean that wealth production and accumulation is a bad thing. Indeed, is now an integral part of our continuing evolution. But how about theft?
~ Here's a group of remote people racking up some serious longevity. Apparently with more and more contact with civilization and its ways come shorter lifespans.
~ A genetic test to determine your ideal diet? Sounds somewhat plausible, I suppose. But I doubt it would work for all people in all situations. How about Real Food? Do you need to test your genes to know it'll probably be good for you, far better than processed foods?
~ Suppose you were going to start a magazine devoted to diabetics and their needs. What would you call it? ...Oh, I know: SWEET. And some of you wonder why I blow my stack...
~ Finally, my paid article in DRW Magazine went out to 40,000 print subscribers in February. The online version is here (pg. 14, though I look to be somewhat outclassed by the ad on pg. 15). Here's a PDF of the actual article which gives an overview of the paleo way as a lead-in to the no-soap/poo hoopla.