One of my greatest pleasures of the recent Ancestral Health Symposium, that took place just about a month ago, on the UCLA campus, was finally getting to meet fellow presenter Frank Forencich of Exuberant Animal. See, Frank and I have a lot in common about how we think of this whole "primal" or "Paleo" movement. The first clue is in the names we independently chose to represent our respective work.
It was always so obvious to me that we were dealing with a lot more than diet. A lot more than exercise, even a lot more than "the Neolithic." We're dealing with our very nature as animals and it runs deep and informs all aspects of not only our individual person, but how we interact with other human animals.
I sat down this morning to have a video chat with Frank, totally unscripted and far more like a conversation of like minds than an interview. I had intended it to be short but as often happens, you end up going far longer. From memory, we covered the following:
- What is "Exuberant Animal" and how does it differ from the more common thinking surrounding things like the paleo diet and exercise?
- What does Frank think about the Ancestral Health Symposium?
- Did he and I start an AHS barefoot movement?
- Will there be nudists next year?
- A fairly lengthy conversation ensues about walking and hiking barefoot.
- What about cutting your feet on sharp objects?
- Are your feet too sensitive to go barefoot?
- What about ankle support?
- Where do you have more verve endings than your genitals?
- The When and Where of Exuberant Animal Trainer Jams and how you can exuberate at one.
- What about the whole Cartesian mind-body dichotomy thing?
- Is Eastern Mysticism a better fit to describe the whole human animal?
- Distributed computing and intelligence?
- Where did science start?
- My rant: how does making collective decisions as a group of 30-50 H-Gs relate to stepping into a voting booth?
- Is this really all about going back to being primitive?
That, and probably a few things I've forgotten. This is my kind of conversation and I'm thrilled that we're not so primitive I can't even share it with you, virtually worldwide, on demand. Hell, I don't think I even dropped a single expletive, so this might even be work safe. It's in two parts, about 15 minutes each.
And so now, here is Frank's Presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium. I highly recommend watching it. Deep Evolution. Here's his slide deck: Talk Paleo to Me.
Some other Exuberant Animal links:
- Exuberant Animal Jams
- East Coast Trainer Jam, Oct 14-16
- West Coast Trainer Jam, Oct 21-23
- Big Picture
- Frank's Library
You know, this is a lot of video, a lot of information. I've been sitting on Frank Forencich for a very long time and now it's time to free that [exuberant] animal. If you're a fan here I can't imagine how you'll not get even more.