Paleo as a self-revising learning system

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

One thing I have noticed (and admired) about the Paleo movement: In addition to the inevitable impulses toward boosterism and dogmatism, there's a self-correcting trait among leading theoreticians and practitioners. The street word for this process: "learning."

Loren Cordain's earlier work generally assigned saturated fats to a "bad" category. Nowadays, he seems to consider them more ???neutral." Robb Wolf puts dairy in his list of foods to be removed because they "are at odds with our health" ??? yet he's also on record as saying he uses dairy when he's looking to get more muscular fast. (Clearly Robb's "remove dairy" is meant as a general proviso, where his specific use of dairy is, well, specific. Still, it's a manner of self-revision, and I think a wise one.)

Since there's considerable debate here at PH about what's right and wrong, correct and incorrect, factual and fallacious, I have a request to make, especially of those who have been tracking Paleo for while. The request is three-fold, as in: speak to any of the following three items:

  1. Are there other examples of "learning out loud" that you respect in well-known (famous) Paleo spokespeople? If yes, who?

  2. Have you seen examples of this capacity of public learning in your peers here at PH? Including those with whom you may continue to be in disagreement on specific issues. Anybody who strikes you have having shown a commendable impulse to self-correct?

  3. What about your own Paleo learning process? Something you used to believe pretty much "for sure" that you now think about differently? Maybe a turning point where some horizon took on a whole new aspect? Perhaps some zone of rectitude ("I'm so right") you no longer found useful?

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Optimal autopoiesis requires continuous self-correction. In other words, if Paleo is to remain viable (living, non-ossified), a spirit of ongoing discovery has got to prevail. In better words: as a teacher of mine once remarked, "Never be afraid to get caught learning."



on October 28, 2011
at 09:52 PM

experimentation is the key, though the scary part of the failure/learning process is sometimes it can be deadly and fatal, or at least harmful and damaging. nature has no real guarantees of our personal/cultural ideas of "success", but at least everything is temporary. (including life)

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on October 28, 2011
at 09:43 PM

Sometimes this is simply a matter of these guys needing to re-emphasize caveats, exceptions, or context-dependent options already mentioned or implied in prior work, but it gets filtered out and flattened when delivered to general audiences.



on October 28, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I'm a big believer in the D'Adamo blood type and genotype work. Your food can be paleo sure but it needs to be specific----- not everyone is going to thrive on meat and butter!!

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