"This is like being IN the Internet" - Stephan Guyenet
Stephan's bit of off-cuff, characteristic insight rippled far beyond the presenter and volunteer party, before the actual event began, and has carried forth since. It may have been the base concept that ultimately described in the fewest number of words what this was really about.
Beyond the few personal acquaintances that exist among us all, this was a coming together of intelligence, insight, humor, enthusiasm, and "personality," from a purely digital form, made flesh & blood. While Stephan's Tron-esque quip may have not been intended to be profound, but merely an enthusiastic outburst, it carried weight.
What it shows is that we're not just dicking around, here. This stuff we put up, in all its facets, really counts for something and that when the bubble is just about to burst, presenters and attendees fly across oceans to come together and make it just all that more real, to lay physical eyeball and hands, one upon another. We're animals, and I hope we never lose sight of the extreme importance of human to human contact.
There's no substitute, as good as Stephan's blog is, or, as we'll get to, as Good as Gary Taubes' books and NYT articles are.
I previously did a podcast with Angelo Coppola, The Diet of No-Diet, that was not an interview, but a format I adore most. Simply, we pick some things to discuss, and go for it. Make no mistake: Angelo got picked up by the 5by5 Podcast Network that equals his podcasts being downloaded 100,000 times, because of his high production value in his shows. But it's not just the production value in terms of his sound quality, music integration and so on. It is, I would argue, mostly because he is a superstar listener. I listened to my own past appearance and then this one and came away in wonder about how he intuitively guided me along to be the best I think I can be.
Fancy that. I don't really prepare for these, other than to familiarize myself with the subject matter, but he seems to bring out what to my mind, is the best performance possible. He knows what he's doing and you should listen, and if so inclined, support his work.
I should mention that Angelo and I have been talking about something new in terms of "round table discussion," so stay tuned for that.
I'd characterize this podcast as having a couple of sections. The first is just my raw impression of the whole event -- "gobsmacking" -- to some of the controversies:
- Women wearing high heals (the most serious controversy)
- Why so many low carb presenters, like the low-carber Dr. Eades and Fat Head Tom Naughton?
- What's the real dispute between Drs. Richard Feinman and Robert Lustig?
- Waht's up with Boyd Eaton and his "Noble Savage" ideas?
- Science journalist Gary Taubes vs. Dr. Stephan Guyenet, obesity researcher (the most gentle controversy)
We ended up spending a couple of minutes on the most serious controversy, as listed above, and about half of the 90 total minutes on the most gentile of the controversies.
Here's how you get to listen to how it all went down.
Feel free to drop questions, discussion and fuck yooz into comments. I am going to do a science post for a change. Been a while. During my discussion with Angelo about Taubes and Guyenet, I tried to integrate their ideas, inclusive of Lustig and Paul Jaminet. So in a few day's time, I'll have up a post on that, so that piece of the important overall conversation can have a well deserved forum from a holistic, integrative perspective.