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What are the profoundest and/or pithiest quotes related to evolutionary health?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 25, 2011 at 1:16 AM

i particularly enjoy the definition of 'pithy'

pith??y

(of language or style) Concise and forcefully expressive

suggestions:

  1. cite precisely enough that the utterance can be independently referenced, and format consistently enough that this can become a definitive and easily accessible resource ??? read the syntax guide to the right if you haven't already
  2. don't limit the scope ??? relate to any aspect of human health (diet, fitness, lifestyle, whatever) from a practical, scientific, philosophical, spiritual, or (gasp) political point of view ??? and if you want to be really badass, categorize your quotes so we know the general topic before diving in
  3. favor utterances that are convincing, authentic, and made by someone with high credibility over those that are simply provocative
  4. don't be afraid to ** provide context** if it deepens or clarifies the utterance's meaning
  5. worth repeating: don't limit the scope ??? everything from the specific health benefits of pasture-raised ruminant flesh to the universal spiritual meaning of an evolutionary-ecological health paradigm should be on the table ??? just be careful to follow suggestion no. 3!

i'll add more of my own to this post ASAP but this should get us started!


scientific

getting the most obvious one out of the way:

nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

~ Theodosius Dobzhansky, in "Biology, Molecular and Organismic"

political

What is happening is the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of nature as an ally in the struggle against the exploitative societies in which the violation of nature aggravates the violation of man. The discovery of the liberating forces of nature and their vital role in the construction of a free society becomes a new force in social change.

~ Herbert Marcuse, in "Nature and Revolution"

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:44 PM

"no doubt. people need to check their sources, yo." -saint benedict

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on August 25, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Well, that's been called into question. But the alternative isn't a good sound bite. ("Fructose/n6/alcohol/etc drive fatty liver drives insulin resistance drives fat.")

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on August 25, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Still gotta love the man they named the "jumping jack" for. Also, he never ate dessert after he gave it up at age 16 or so. He ate real whole foods, except for the juicing. And frankly, how many of us make smoothies or protein shakes?

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:14 AM

+1 for Quilt...

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

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on August 25, 2011
at 09:58 AM

+1 for Geoff...

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on August 25, 2011
at 05:41 AM

LOL ...........

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on August 25, 2011
at 03:17 AM

"dont trust quotes from the internet" - thomas jefferson

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on August 25, 2011
at 03:16 AM

@ The Quilt. You mean his juicers? Give me a break. It still is whole food. You really think juicing a bunch of vegetables (no fruit) and drinking it is that bad for you?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 25, 2011
at 02:30 AM

You know Jay......here is the greatest irony of LaLanne......he made a fortune selling products that made man made foods.

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on August 25, 2011
at 03:53 AM

"The next time I see some paleo blogger, tweeter, commenter or whatever the (BEEP)...apologizing for his or her love of meat, fish and fowl by heaping praise on vegetables & fruits, I think I'm going to set my sights on figuring out how to physically transport vomit down the Intertubes." Richard Nikoley--Free The Animal

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on August 25, 2011
at 05:41 AM

LOL ...........

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:47 AM

dont eat anything that scans or crinkles. -abraham lincoln

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on August 25, 2011
at 03:17 AM

"dont trust quotes from the internet" - thomas jefferson

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 25, 2011
at 01:44 PM

"no doubt. people need to check their sources, yo." -saint benedict

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Not evolutionary per say but

"If man made it, don't eat it" -Jack LaLanne

I think that could sum up the answer for 99% of paleo/evolutionary diet. Truly a man ahead of his time.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 25, 2011
at 02:30 AM

You know Jay......here is the greatest irony of LaLanne......he made a fortune selling products that made man made foods.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 25, 2011
at 03:16 AM

@ The Quilt. You mean his juicers? Give me a break. It still is whole food. You really think juicing a bunch of vegetables (no fruit) and drinking it is that bad for you?

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:14 AM

+1 for Quilt...

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

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on August 25, 2011
at 09:58 AM

+1 for Geoff...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 25, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Still gotta love the man they named the "jumping jack" for. Also, he never ate dessert after he gave it up at age 16 or so. He ate real whole foods, except for the juicing. And frankly, how many of us make smoothies or protein shakes?

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on August 25, 2011
at 09:02 AM

I often wonder how much sound and nourishing food is fed to the animals in the zoological gardens of America every week, and try to figure out what the public gets in return for the cost thereof. The annual bill must surely run into millions; one is constantly hearing how much beef a lion downs at a meal, and how many tons of hay an elephant dispatches in a month. And to what end? To the end, principally, that a horde of superintendents and keepers may be kept in easy jobs. To the end, secondarily, that the least intelligent minority of the population may have an idiotic show to gape at on Sunday afternoons, and that the young of the species may be instructed in the methods of amour prevailing among chimpanzees and become privy to the technic employed by jaguars, hyenas and polar bears in ridding themselves of lice.

Science, of course, has its uses for the lower animals.

A diligent study of their livers and lights helps to an understanding of the anatomy and physiology, and particularly of the pathology, of man. They are necessary aids in devising and manufacturing many remedial agents, and in testing the virtues of those already devised; out of the mute agonies of a rabbit or a calf may come relief for a baby with diphtheria, or means for an archdeacon to escape the consequences of his youthful follies. Moreover, something valuable is to be got out of a mere study of their habits, instincts and ways of mind???knowledge that, by analogy, may illuminate the parallel doings of the genus homo, and so enable us to comprehend the primitive mental processes of Congressmen, morons and the rev. clergy.

H.L. Mencken Damn! A Book of Calumny (1918)

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on August 25, 2011
at 05:58 AM

carbohydrate drives insulin drives fat - Taubes

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on August 25, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Well, that's been called into question. But the alternative isn't a good sound bite. ("Fructose/n6/alcohol/etc drive fatty liver drives insulin resistance drives fat.")

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