Along similar lines, here are some comments from readers of the New York Times health blog Well:
Humans were tweak from the natural primate to better interface with our alien over lord or GODS. As we humans are created to serve the GODS our biology did distant itself from being naturally harmonious with the environment. My above comment is opinionated synonymous the writer of this article, which is also filled with opinions.
Humans are the only species that hordes what it finds and is filled with abundance of greed, curiosity to find more and more resources on the Earth, than he needs. As it was recorded by the Sumerian history, humans were created to serve and gather for the beings that came from above. Our communication skills were also enhancing to better understand and communicate the wishes of the GODS as well.
The demise or doom of humans will be the exploration and exhaust of the planet resources, while we pollute it at the same time, making the planet uninhabitable for ourselves and other wild life.
For the human species to continue, we need to master our environment and deal with our toxic nature. Humans need to move off planet Earth, establish ourselves in space to achieve this goal or face our programmed DNA doom.
Maybe our GOD alien overlords might return at the last moment from above to save us.
@ 12: Alien God, huh? Maybe your god. Personally, I don't think assigning godhood to someone you don't know and don't actually know exists is idiocy, so mebbe you really need this god. Which of course comes as result of you volunteering to be slave to this 'god'. Most everyone else would likely be engaged in killing your 'god' if the critter turned up, but I'm sure you'd have other volunteer slaves for company until we got done killing your 'god'.
None of these so-called gods from history have shown themselves to be much friend to man, nor guiding light. They seem to be more concerned with picking favorite races, creating money concepts, and conducting war. And violating their own tenets, of course. And if the critter turned out to actually be a 'god'--whateverthehell that is--that I nor anyone else could kill; I still wouldn't be worried for myself, because the 'god' made us this way. Kill the pagan-false god, blah blah. So we'd just be acting on the gods' orders, and never have any chance of actually harming the critter. And according to common belief, the god would then have mercy on us as long as we were just looking to weed out the false god. Then; once the true 'god' exposes itself-then I'd kill it.
Good perspective. Keep in mind that the actual reasoning behind the paleolithic living is not to COPY our cavemen ancestors. The goal is to remove modern components in our lives that may interfere with our well being. The end result resembles what we are calling a Paleo lifestyle. Given this perspective, we are merely cleaning up our modern lives - not reverting back.
I dont necessarily agree with a lot of the paleo stuff, except for the paleo diet which actually makes functional/practical sense.
On Topic ; Agree 100% with the assessment that people like the Noble Savage were a fad. We've found little evidence to suggest that any driving force other than weakness or strength of membership was germane to the peoples that lived some real code of coexistence and balance with nature.
Those old clips where Chief Iron Eyes looks at the litter and cries? His people were opportunists that would destroy one place and move to the next, overburdening nature as they went. I've known a lot of native Americans that are supposedly concerned with the environment. They act out against the activities of 'The Whiteman' real swell. Point fingers real swell. Just don't look at how they have never lived it in their own Sovereign environments and you'll get along great. They don't want to get past old issues or current bs, because that might mean actually admitting that people are just people-and ain't no one special. Ain't no one clean handed.
This article doesn't disprove the paleo "craze". It just basically says that things weren't as awesome in the paleo era as we think.
Maybe the title was misleading. Nothing was done to disprove the items in it. Just siting a lot of other authors on their views of a historically accurate representation of the time.
Barefoot running is a good thing. It keeps you from heel striking, thus turning your whole leg into a shock absorber. Coaches have known this for decades and teach it on grass lawns to show proper form when running on the track.
Paleo diet works pretty well. It excludes processed foods, forces you to eat more vegetables, good fats and leaner meats.
Maybe things weren't so awesome back in the day and maybe we are more quickly adaptive than what some people thing. On the other hand, the article doesn't address or disprove the actual mechanics or benefit to these practices.
Kind of disappointed in this one popsci.
He sounds upset that he didn't think of it first.
Paleo diet works because it removes processed foods... period.
And as far as working out like a caveman, who looks better, the dude with muscles or the fat/skinny guy without any? Which one will live longer? Obviously the fat guy will if he doesn't die of heart disease or some other ailment that befalls obesity. Which one could survive escaping from a wild animal (we still have these by the way)?
Just try it and you'll see. We may not be perfectly adapted to the paleo era, but we aren't perfectly adapted to the information era either.
Even anti-evolutionists have to realize that humans were not always here, so it entirely possible that we may die out like every other "smart ape". I don't see anything wrong with trying to ensure our survival until evolution catches up.
Remember evolution works by survival of the fittest. The others will be dead.
Look at how quickly we bred a poodle from a wolf.
Now imagine how we transformed the dreaded tiger and the ferocious lion by culling the most dangerous maneaters from their gene pool for thousands upon thousands of years.
So my guess is today's predators are a pale shadow of their ancient kin, which prowled the darkened forests of the night, made all the more dark by the poor diets of our ancestors.
It must have been absolutely frightening for our ancestors to go out at night.
I am more incline to believe the past visiting beings that came to Earth from above - called God or Gods by the locals - have pure morals or screwed up morals just like us human folk.
A little off topic, but I wanted to clarify a point you made.
"Humans are the only species that hordes what it finds and is filled with abundance of greed....."
Sure, if you want to completely ignore evolution and species in their natural environments. Its not like squirrels are hoarders, or foxes, or ravens..... or many other animals that demonstrate distinctly "Human" qualities.
It fit nice with your myth of the gods, but doesn't quite stand up to the scientific method.
So "Squirrel away" that little tidbit. Bury it good, or I might dig up one of your hidden caches:)
Yes you most correct, many animals hord to get by for a season, for NEED.
Humans go way way beyond need and that is obvious to all.
12 Actually I both agree and disagree with you.
Yes humans horde more than any animal, but It is quite logical to do so if they want to have the best chance of survival.
We like to pretend the world is civilized, but we all know that the more wealth you have the better your chance at a long and happy life. And wealth means taking an unequal share.
Your making a point of 'is excessive hording a good or bad thing', which was not point at all. I made the point of humans and the excessive hording is a sign that we humans DNA have been tweak from the natural primate and no longer natural to this world. 'Excessive hording' is one of those traits of being human that sets us apart from the natural world and was programmed into us for the benefit of serving our past 'beings that come from above', overlords. The locals at the time called them GODS and the name stuck.
The author makes an excellent point here, and I agree that some fads are getting a bit ridiculous, but I think that he erroneously uses "adaptation" and "evolution" interchangeably. He says that we evolved to higher altitudes in a few years, which is impossible. At one point he also says that "humans are evolving all the time," but this is misleading.
For evolution to give rise to any trait, the trait must be selected for, meaning that the individuala without this trait must die before they reproduce and their genes must die with them. That being said, humans can adapt to higher altitudes just like humans can adapt to not get seasick easily, but evolution, by definition, cannot ooccur in one lifetime.
Humans are evolving all the time, but not like this statement leads one to believe. With the lack of selective pressure of predation or disease in many developed countries, the minor genetic mutations that would give rise to evolutionary traits under natural circumstances simply stay in the population and compound. I'm not saying that there is no disease in developed countries, just that it probably wont kill a human before he/she reproduces.
So instead of evolving to better handle the stresses of walking upright (for example), our evolutionary tree is simply branching out. Some mutation may make an individual have a stronger back, but another one may just as soon make someone have a weaker back, and both lineages will likely survive and reproduce just the same.
It doesn't make reference here, but I notice a huge pollen count today. Allergies must be wanting dealt with for the day.
As we remove ourselves from the natural environment we are getting more allergies. It's been reported here just as in most other science outlets. But here and now, this is talking evolution. So aren't we seeing common examples of our bodies as evolutionary machines in things like allergies, from our choice not to be hanging out in the cow pasture long enough to stay desensitized?
Evolution by force of will. So Bigfoot really could be real. And mermaids.
this is what that makes me think:
if we could change physical things about hummans for mordern life what would we do(not counting any difficlty of doing it or if it is illegel)
i kept reading.. hoping for some trace of logic and proof (why it's all BS). all i red was BS. yes we can become lactose tolerant, but we can also train our bodies to cope with poison. we've also become immune to various diseases.. at the cost of millions of lives.. so why is barefoot running BS? because we can 'evolve' to run in highly cushioned shoes without all those muscles that help us bounce rather than fall when we take a step? why is paleo BS? because you can always take in a heap of junk food and match it with another heap of chemicals to relieve your bowels?
pop? maybe. sci? definitely not.