At Forgoodreason.org, I’m listening to an interview about how our instincts have become “supernormal” in our evolution to the point where it’s starting to be detrimental to us. Example: our ancestors were always on the go and so to compensate for all of those lost calories, they had to eat a lot. But through the industrial revolution, we really don’t need to move around as much anymore. But that instinct of eating a lot is still with us. Thus, we will eventually become overweight. Indeed, obesity is now the epidemic of the early 21 century. She has more interviews that deals with stuffed animals, junk beliefs, porn, masturbation, and television sitcoms. Her book is now on my wishlist. Fascinating stuff.
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Overabundance of sexual stimuli, junk media, and food are overload for our instincts? I agree, but what is she implying be done about it? That’s where I may have issue.
What normative claims were there from the interview and/or book? I couldn’t find any when I was listening to her.
I am listening to the interview right now,and enjoying it. I have friends and loved ones both side of the argument. The skeptic is refreshing.
Excellent. These podcasts are wonderful. I have so many of them that I don’t have time to listen to my music anymore. Alas.