Unpoisoning the well: Darwinian Gender Studies

I’m at a loss for words….this is just too awesome.

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If any man could draw up a comprehensive, infallible guide to navigating this treacherous territory, we would certainly erect a statute to his everlasting memory. There is a Twitter account dedicated to exploring and enumerating precisely the distinctions and differences between the acceptably erotic and the intolerably sexist. It’s called @SexyIsntSexist. It is, of course, under the control of a woman.” Neil Lyndon. Do men really understand what sexism is? The Telegraph 20/5/14

My area of research is cross-disciplinary and includes, but it isn’t limited to, evolutionary anthropology, palaeoanthropology, psychology, biology, ecology, primatology and gender studies. For brevity’s sake, I refer to this as Darwinian Gender Studies (DGS). This area represents to me, the consilience of the natural and social sciences, as envisioned by E.O.Wilson. DGS is informed by a rationalist perspective not the more traditional orthodox feminist model of post modernism and social constructionist thory. My PhD thesis will be developing an…

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Divergence into the “Manosphere”

The best ideas of the “manosphere” with a bonus guide on how to be a patriarchal overlord.

One of the benefits of saying extreme things is you will get extreme responses and the opportunity to learn the opposition’s side fast. I was not saying anything extreme on this blog, and only subtly kowtowing to the status quo, especially in the form of a feminist narrative. I was slowly waking up to the fact I was displaying intellectual dishonesty, and longing for constructive criticism, went off into the so called “manosphere”.

What is the “manosphere”? Well, it is more or less a collection of men’s rights advocates and activists (MRAs), MGTOW, that is men going their own way, pick up artists (PUA) and “masculinists”. Overall it is male perspective driven and disrupts modern feminist narrative.

I had come to my own conclusions about human reproductive strategies through an evolutionary psychology perspective and began to discuss. I found Karen Straughan’s YouTube, a prominent anti-feminist and started looking into the differences in men and women, especially in reproductive strategies and social power.

For me it is mostly about ideas.

There are important issues MRAs hope to address that I am not going to get into here. A google search can pull up many, here is one.

The heart of the issue, and where these specific legal issues are stemming from, is, in my opinion a double-standard stacked on the men’s side. Our environment is safer, requires less labor-intensive work and is set up for most individuals to have the opportunity to gain their own resources. I speculate this is the main determiner on the break from traditional gender roles, however, laws are still protective of women and obligatory to men.

What is needed more than ever is conversations about what those traditional gender roles were and why. What is linked to our natures as human beings and what actually is a social construct? We can see some women as agents, independent and self-sufficient. We can see some men as vulnerable and needing of support. But are female accomplishments, processed in our ape-brains, equal to male ones? Can vulnerable males be seen as anything more than weak, their value based on their utility?

In the following post, I will discuss the best ideas from the manosphere.

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Grass-Fed Butter in Alberta

Those following ancestral health inspired diets in Alberta may be excited to hear grass-fed butter and yogurt is coming to Calgary and will probably become more available across the country.

I originally started looking for grass-fed dairy about two years ago and found those determined to get it were ordering Kerrygold online from outside of Canada. Last summer I got my hands on some Organic Meadow pastured butter and realized this little addition to the label made a big difference to consumers.

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However, not all dairies are indicating their butter is seasonally grass-fed. For example, Gay Hahn, CEO of Avalon Dairy in British Columbia, told me in an email their butter is seasonally grass-fed, but this currently not being indicated on the label.

I picked up Rolling Meadow grass-fed butter from Community Natural Foods a couple of weeks ago. I suspect this brand will become more available as time goes by and that dairies will indicate pastured or grass-fed indicator seasonally due to increased interest.

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I am an advocate of both ancestral health diets and restorative agricultural. Labeling grass-fed or pastured dairy and meat products gives consumers the opportunity to choose to support natural ecosystems, as our grasslands thrive with grazers, or healthier-eats, as dairy and meat produced this way tends to have more CLA, omega-3s and vitamins.

I am not much of a recipe blogger, but I often do a bulletproof style coffee or tea. Lately I’ve been having matcha green tea with a couple tablespoons of grass-fed butter, a table spoon of MCT oil (can be replaced with coconut oil), stevia and teaspoon or two of matcha. Delish.

Here is a more in-depth recipe I haven’t tried…but it looks good:

Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha

EDIT: PS, freezing butter works well; it doesn’t change the taste or texture. So when you see seasonal grass-fed butter on the shelves, buy in bulk. 😉

Keeping Danger Safe: A Criticism of Feminism and SJW Ideologies

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Our brains are pattern-finding, habit-creating machines. Have you ever gone through your morning routine to suddenly feel unsure if you locked the front door?  Our brains take the easiest path, short-cuts to save energy; turning down brain activity while going through the motions of habit, and turning up alertness when presented with novelty.

Just as a habit dismisses the hassle of constant attentiveness, ideologies and rigid thought patterns are ways to benefit from a similar form of autopilot. By sticking to a pre-established narrative or sets of rules you do not need to concern yourself with the hassle of deciphering daily “noise”*.

However, turning down this noise leaves us vulnerable to the unexpected.  Realities can be quick to change, while unyielding thought patterns and universalities are tools built to be unyielding and permanent. Timing has a lot to do with flowing with life, but on autopilot, we can’t factor in subtlety, ambiguity or contradiction. In conforming to straightforward concepts we may find ourselves comforted by truth, but we are not safe, in fact, we may be keeping danger safe.

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Living versus Surviving

Life can be hard. Some of us may go without basic necessities for periods of time and most of us will experience health problems and aging. Rich and poor, healthy and sick, we all fight for survival. As Steve DeMasco says in The Shaolin Way, survival living is often living to die, not living to live. Even very wealthy people can be stuck in “living to die” mode, never being satisfied by what they have currently attained or achieved and never allowing for enjoyment. It is like the plentiful harvest idea; we put a carrot on the end of the stick, work hard to get the extra time or money but never eat it.

Fossil fuels and technology have replaced a lot of the laborious busy-work needed for civilization to run. I think there is an art to fulfilling busy-work that helps connect us to the rhythms of life, but the fact we do not need to fetch wood to heat our homes in winter, produce or hunt our own sustenance or know how to make any of our own clothes, cars, computers, etc., leads to affluence like no historic civilization has seen. Standards of living do not correlate with the quality of someone’s life, unless standards are so low that there is very little quality of life. However, anyone perpetually stuck in survival mode, whether absolutely necessary (for example, a child fighting his or her way out of poverty) or a habit formed out of fear, is living to die, even if the illusion is to get that carrot.

The carrot. The reward. The pat on the back from your boss and approval of your peers, the vacation time so you can finally spend some time with the family, the extra money to buy a car, a house or sign up for a gym or a class, a big, cream-filled doughnut treat for keeping to a diet for a week.

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What begins in inadequacy will end in deprivation…

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Arguement for a Local, Whole Foods Diet

Dr. Jay Wortman is a local low-carbohydrate diet advocate. Last night I watched his documentary My Big Fat Diet. Below is Part 1. Part 2 and 3 can be found here.

These ideas are extremely convincing and when put into practice the results unlike any fad diet can produce in health and fat-loss. Logically, if our ancestors lived in similar environments or more probable, environments with even less available plant starch and sugars, we can run well if not optimally on similar diets. I can imagine woody and fibrous plant parts with resistant starch would be something to munch on when there was not a lot of wild foods available.

There are not a lot of starches and sugars to be found in the ecosystems of the north. The sugar peak would probably be in the late summer and early fall, just in time for winter, and consist of fruit and starches loaded with fibre.

The sugar of our day and age is like rocket fuel, unbridled by the same amounts of fibre, nutrients or water as the natural state of sugar. This processed sugar doesn’t run clean in our bodies and creates all sorts of inflammation. Even fruit smoothies and juice creates an unnatural dose of sugar.

However, I do not think the conclusion should be starches and sugars are bad so cut them out completely, that is, unless particular health considerations dictate otherwise. Here are some arguments in favour of starch. Continue reading

Landscapes of Affluence

Edited on October 30, 2014

Man the Hunter and the “Slacker”

Our culture is not one without its own belief systems. These belief systems become our conventional knowledge and frame our perspectives on the world. Very often, these beliefs are not based upon reality.

The economic notion of scarcity is largely a social construct, not an inherent property of human existence [1]. Life before civilization was seen as “nasty, brutish and short” (one of Hobbes most notable ideas) and hunter-gatherers were often seen through the lens with in-built scarcity. But in 1968 a collection of field studies of living hunter-gatherers was published as a book called Man the Hunter, which began to change the view on the matter.

Marshall Sahlins calls hunter-gatherers “the original affluent society” [2] and Hole and Flannery (1963) found that “no group on earth has more leisure time than hunters and gatherers, who spend it primarily on games, conversation and relaxing” (as cited by [3]). Affluence can be obtained either by producing much or desiring little. Hunter-gatherers desire little and through these limited wants and unlimited means, Richard Lee concluded that hunting and gathering is a “persistent and well adapted way of life” [4]. Continue reading