I gave a talk at Google NYC on “Paleo as Biohacking.” I talk about ways to use human evolution to quickly generate heuristics for human health.


One Response to “Talks at Google: “Paleo as Biohacking””

  1. Great talk! I have a few things to share!

    1. On Neuroscience: The book Your Brain at Work, by David Rock. Many great insights, but specifically regarding willpower, he explains how the ventrolateral pre-frontal cortex is responsible for this in the form of interrupting impulses (he refers to it, in contrast to “free will,” as “free won’t”). And it’s very resource-intensive; every successive effort at resisting something makes the next one more difficult (even if they’re unrelated).

    2. On Sustainability: Fortunately it turns out that properly managed, ethically raised grass-fed beef is actually the most sustainable food resource we have! Biodiversity is critical for sustaining the planet, and our attempts at isolating crops like wheat and soy and corn, without using the natural interactions that make ecosystems self-replenishing, is actually what’s unsustainable. More info on my blog here: http://www.revolutionarywellness.org/1/post/2014/01/eat-red-meat-save-the-planet.html

    3. Evolutionary biology & Michael Rose: In thesis 13 he says, “But natural selection has been under little pressure to specify instructions for useful function at later adult ages. […] Those pages of our genomic instruction manual are either blank or defaced.” I contend that they weren’t simply neglected, but that not pre-determining them is actually part of our adaptive strategy. In our historical environments, we were able to depend on the factors of the environment and demands of activity to generate some of these instructions throughout life as to what we needed. This allowed us to employ both strategies for conservation of energy, and for maintenance of health, at the same time. Now, in our modern environment, those two strategies are at odds, especially with regard to musculoskeletal health. This is addressed in my book in development: http://www.humanbodyusermanual.com

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