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Where can I find paleo ideas beyond diet and exercise?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 04, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Yesterday I finished reading Coming Home to the Pleistocene, which I found recommended here at PaleoHacks. I am looking for more books, websites, articles, or ideas, about culture, society, psychology, philosophy, etc. that are informed by evolutionary or paleo thinking. Basically, anything not related to diet or exercise that is related to how our ancestral environment shapes how we relate to the modern world.

I have already read The Moral Animal and Ishmael. Matt Ridley (Red Queen, Origin of Virtue, etc.) is on my list. What else is worth reading or knowing about?

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on March 25, 2011
at 09:14 AM

But, did you find any quarters?

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on February 05, 2011
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Andrew has helped me build a very large reading list.

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Second the Desmond Morris books! I knew I forgot some...

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on February 04, 2011
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Ooooooeeh, with your paleo goggles on, there is so much interesting food for thought. Some ideas in random order:

Frank Forencic from Exuberant Animal: read his books, browse his site. More then exercise alone!

Children and Nature Network and Richard Louv's Last Child In The Woods: Importance of contact with nature, mainly for children. But equally important for adults, even more so for parents.

Also very interesting: Hunter Gatherer Childhoods (rather academic, but readable)

Read about evolutionary psychology. Steven Pinker is really good to start with (The Blank Slate and How The Mind Works).

Read about evolution and biology: Darwin, Dawkins, Gould, EO Wilson, Dennett, ...

Read hunter gatherer anthropology: Marshall Thomas, Turnbull, Marlowe, Nelson, Shostack, ...

Evolutionary medicine: Why We Get Sick. Google R. Nesse and his personal homepage has a lot of interesting free papers

Female health and evolutionary medicine: Travathan: Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives

I'm in a hurry, so I'm missing a lot, but you can start with these...

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on February 04, 2011
at 03:47 PM

i love Evolvify.com

Andrew really thinks outside of the box, and any blog that requires me to actually use the dictionary is always a favorite.

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on February 05, 2011
at 02:26 AM

Andrew has helped me build a very large reading list.

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on February 05, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Nova's Becoming Human and BBC's Walking with Cavemen are both streaming on Netflix and are great to watch on evolution of man. Both talk about why we eat meat. Not necessarily paleo diet related movies, but gives some perspective on evolution in general to put the diet into some context.

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on March 24, 2011
at 06:51 PM

It's a little (read: a lot) hippie-dippie and weird, but Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising has been probably the most influential book on my psychospiritual development. It uses some (slightly pseudoscientific) evolutionary logic, Leary's 8-Circuit Model of Consciousness (yes, THAT Leary). Basically the idea is hacking your brain to become aware of your own perceptions and the way they influence how you see truth.

Definitely heavily influenced by psychedelics and goofy crap, but I love it.

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on March 25, 2011
at 09:14 AM

But, did you find any quarters?

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on February 05, 2011
at 02:38 PM

I love the book "lights out". A quick amazon search will get you to it. The author gets a little lose towards the end, but it has some great paleo ideals in it!

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on February 05, 2011
at 03:58 AM

David Sloan Wilson has a book, Evolution for Everyone, that is great for thinking in terms of evolution

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Books to read:

Try "Naked Ape" and "Human Zoo" by Desmond Morris, actually, he did documentaries that can be found on youtube.

Jared Diamond's "Guns Germs and Steel" although it's not so well written.

Try this film list. I would add to that list the film "Ten Canoes"

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Second the Desmond Morris books! I knew I forgot some...

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