A College Education in Evolutionary Fitness in 8 Minutes

Do you have eight minutes to spare, to acquire every essential you need in the quest to Free the Animal? Thanks to commenter Ricado in a recent hunting post for providing it. I disagree with him on the ethics issue. Provided animals are dealt with in a humane and rational fashion, and the purpose is consumption as food, it passes ethical muster for me. However, there are differing levels of respect for me. Bow hunters get more than rifle hunters. But no one compares to these guys. This is the Gold Standard of hunting.

See how many principals you can take from this. The essential one is that this is why you walk the Earth, today. At some point, our primitive ancestors noted that consuming high-energy density animal flesh was a far better strategy for survival, allowing for lots of languid free time and rest. Herbivores spend all their days foraging. Observe gorillas a bit. A dead end, evolutionarily. They simply have no time to do anything but munch on pounds and pounds of fibrous vegetable matter. No time at all to get themselves in the sorts of jams that natural selection feeds on.

Of particular note: grasp how our three primary adaptive advantages are exploited. First is the efficiency of bi-pedal over quadra-pedal locomotion. Next, we sweat onto bare skin. We carry a tremendous radiator, like a car. Finally, we have means of carrying along supplemental coolant.

Note also: only one guy goes off on the final long chase. So, while some level of endurance is certainly called for, this suggests that perhaps H-Gs engaged in division-of-labor specialization. I still don't think it's justification for spending much time on the treadmill.

What I'd have liked to see is the after kill activities. I'd speculate that the successful hunter began to dress the animal while the others caught up. Then they would have to section it and haul it back to camp, potentially hours of additional strenuous activity after the kill.

For this reason, I always work out hungry, at least 12 hours, usually more. After the workout (the hunt), I go at least two hours, sometimes six before eating.

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  1. Bill on September 22, 2008 at 07:33

    That was the coolest video,this site just keeps getting better and better thanks Richard.


  2. Richard Nikoley on September 22, 2008 at 08:08


    Thanks. That's the idea. Good thing I love doing it.

  3. Ricardo Carvalho on September 22, 2008 at 13:11

    Dear Richard, that is indeed an impressive video, one of the best I've seen. I was reading other posts in your blog… excelent stuff, great photos and ideias. Bookmarked! You and your readers are thinking about "freeing the animal" and becoming something like "the paleolithic man"? Please, don't! Civilization is so great, it has a lot of advantages! For those who doubt, here's a promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7JRiIXP30U

  4. Richard Nikoley on September 23, 2008 at 11:11


    Not sure that YouTube conveys the message you intend.

    But, no, my intent is not to go back to primitive living, but rather to recapture and integrate primitive wisdom.

    Consider how wise you would be if you had to exist day in and day out on your wits and inner Animal alone.

    For me, it's a 1+1=3 synergy. Fully animal, fully rational, and an unbeatable combination through embracing everything we are.

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