Hunter Gatherer

Brimming with ideas and a fascinating read. STEVEN PINKER, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

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I feel like this sometimes.


Is The Paleo Manifesto about paleo?

I did a count of how many times the word “paleo” appears in the book. It shows up 19 times, with nearly half of the uses appearing in the first chapter. (The word “caveman” — or any word with “cave” as the root — appears 22 times, 20 of which are in the first chapter.) Part One contains no uses of “paleo”, and 11 of 16 chapters contain no uses.

(9) 1. Becoming the Caveman

Part One: Origins
(0) 2. Know Thy Species (Animal Age)
(0) 3. Rise and Fall (Paleolithic Age)
(0) 4. Moses the Microbiologist (Agricultural Age)
(0) 5. Homo Invictus (Industrial Age)
(0) 6. Biohackers (Information Age)

Part Two: Here and Now
(0) 7. Food: The Conventional Wisdom
(4) 8. Food: Principles for a Healthy Diet
(0) 9. Fasting
(4) 10. Movement
(0) 11. Bipedalism: Stand, Walk, Run
(0) 12. Thermoregulation
(0) 13. Sunrise, Sunset

Part Three: Visions
(1) 14. Hunter
(1) 15. Gatherer
(0) Conclusion: Habitats, Old and New

So I think it’s fair to say that The Paleo Manifesto is not about paleo.

Upcoming events in Michigan

Oct. 4 | Ann Arbor, MI


Elevation Burger, 3365 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6:30-8pm | more info

Oct. 5 | Detroit, MI


Barnes & Noble (Pointe Plaza), 19221 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236


Oct. 8 | Royal Oak, MI


New Species CrossFit, 2675 Nakota Street, Royal Oak, MI 48073

7:30-9:30pm | more info and RSVP (required)

Elle Canada: “wild for the season’s rawest trend”

Elle Canada (Primal Dream)

I think that model is doing MovNat.

This month’s issue of Elle Canada has a trend piece on “caveman chic”:

“In fact, sartorial references to the Stone Age were as obvious as a wooly mammoth in this season’s collections. Jean Paul Gaultier showed animal pelts and feathered, furry coats and completed the look with panther-print hair tattoos; Zuhair Murad played with fierce fur skirts and mantles; Versace got wild with zebra-print fur coats with blood-red collars; Michael Kors roared with camo fur; and Prada featured fur coats over sleeveless dresses with plunging necklines. (Basically, there was a lot of fur — a trend first seen in the fall/winter collections of 10,000 B.C., which was also, coincidentally, a big year for loincloths.)”

And this:

“Durant believes that natural-movement programs, like the wildly popular CrossFit, adventure races and mud runs, tap into our most basic human drives. ‘The way people work out now lacks purpose and meaning,’ he explains. ‘Saving someone from drowning, hunting a wild animal so the girl you like will notice you: These are timeless motivations.”

Here’s the full (and hilarious) piece. This may be my favorite paleo trend piece to date.

Men’s Journal: Read The Paleo Manifesto

This month’s Men’s Journal contains a quick shout out on page 72: add reading The Paleo Manifesto to your “To-Do List.”

mens journal (paleo manifesto)



Chris Kresser reviews The Paleo Manifesto

Chris Kresser wrote a nice review of the book.

Here’s one part on my critique of vegetarianism:

John…explains how vegetarianism, though often noble in thought, does not adequately tackle the many environmental and ethical issues in our current industrial food system. It’s the most controversial section of the book, but John does a great job respecting vegetarians’ philosophical viewpoints while still pointing out the flaws in their logic. As a former vegetarian, I think it’s important to respect others’ lifestyle choices while still shedding light on the myths promoted by organizations with an anti-meat agenda, and John does this tactfully.

I saved the provocative and controversial material on vegetarianism for the last chapter.

Here’s more:

The best part about John’s book is that it is written in an engaging, narrative style. John shares his own perspective and experience while still using scientifically sound arguments for why the lifestyle he promotes will help us move closer to holistic, habitat-based human health as modeled by nature. It’s a great book to inspire you or a loved one to make changes in the way you live, whether that be hunting or growing your own food, investing in a stand-up desk, or finding a style of movement that truly satisfies your need for both physical challenge and playfulness.

Check out the full review.

New Yorker profile

new yorker cover (sept 30)

I went on a barefoot run in Central Park for a profile in the New Yorker:

“On a recent sunny Sunday morning, a modern caveman, sitting on a bench by a south entrance to Central Park, finished a single espresso, took off his shoes, threw them in his backpack, and prepared for his weekly barefoot run.”

I like that they included this:

His book’s dedication reads, “To my ancestors, for my descendants.”


Pick up a copy of the New Yorker or read it online here.

Book signing on Sat. 10/5 at B&N in Detroit

Oct. 5 | Detroit, MI


Barnes & Noble (Pointe Plaza), 19221 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236


Book talk on Sat. 9/21 at CrossFit NYC

I’ll be giving a book talk and signing at CrossFit NYC at noon on Saturday. It’s open to non-members (just please RSVP). Books will be available for purchase. Note that it’s at CrossFit NYC’s secondary location on 26th street.

Sept. 21 | New York, NY


12-1pm book talk and Q&A w/ signing to follow

CrossFit NYC, 25 W. 26th Street, 3rd Floor (note: *not* the main location on 28th)

open to non-members | free w/ RSVP to


Interview with FEE: vegans, libertarians, and Marlene Zuk

Here’s one excerpt concerning Marlene Zuk’s Paleofantasy:

“Dr. Zuk’s example of imperfect evolution is the location of the optic nerve in the eye, which emerges from the front of the retina, not the back—thus causing a blind spot. But isn’t it vastly more amazing that most people never even realize that the eye contains a blind spot? Isn’t it far more impressive that our cognitive software is so sophisticated that it fills in the gaps in our visual field?

It’s disappointing to hear a professional evolutionary biologist talk about evolution by natural selection—the most brilliant design process in the world—as if it were a design committee at General Motors.

Here’s another part on a few of the factors that may explain paleo’s appeal to libertarians:

Many libertarians are high-IQ optimizers, so are willing to go to great lengths to understand and achieve optimal health. We also understand spontaneous order—whether an economy or the human body—and are open to the influence of evolution on human nature.

Sex seems to play a role, too. Men do like to eat meat—hunting has always been a masculine domain—whereas vegetarianism skews feminine. Surveys have shown that paleo is evenly split between men and women—eating real food isn’t a male or female thing—but an even sex ratio is still heavily male relative to most other dietary approaches, which tend to skew female.

Read the full interview.