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Paleo and the Singularity

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 14, 2011 at 4:39 AM

In the spirit of a number of recent questions regarding Paleo 2.0, Archivore, wholefood diet, longevity, etc...

...how are folks understanding and making sense for themselves this potential ultimate "hack" of Kursweil-esque Singularity. How do you integrate "paleo" with possibilities that "paleo biology" may at some point in the next 35 years be radically transcended.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11558

Here are some options as I see it:

  • believe it won't happen and continue with paleo game plan
  • believe it may (or will) continue with paleo as short-term optimization toward potential singularity
  • believe it may (or could) and create a resistance for philosophical/spiritual reasons to prioritize biology over and against cyborg existence.
  • something else...

...what is your "paleo-hacking" gameplan?

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on April 14, 2011
at 09:17 PM

good point...I was interpreting "meta" differently...and after reviewing others, edited my subject line.

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:55 PM

is this really a "meta" question?

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:27 AM

Awesome final comment ;-)

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on April 14, 2011
at 10:30 AM

Kurzweil the AI prophets have been telling us for decades that intelligent machines that will save the world are just around the corner. AI is always harder than you think, and Kurtzweil's vision is multiples harder than mere intelligent machines. Paleo may increase our expected healthy a decade or so. That's enough for me.

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on April 14, 2011
at 06:51 AM

First of all, from Kurzweil's books and his own routine, he is a believer of the lipid hypothesis and recommends a very low-fat Dean Ornish style diet (it used to be no more than 10%, but now the limit is 25%). Needles to say I think he is wrong and I ignore his dietary advice, including his recommended regiment of 250 pills a day (which he conveniently sells through a subsidiary company)!

That being said, I agree with him that the potential to radically alter our biology through emerging biotechnologies may be mere decades away, I just happen to think Paleo is my best shot at staying healthy until then, not his soy and quinoa laden lowfat diet.

FWIW, the first chance I have to 'upload' myself I'm trading in my body for a utility fog just like the monster from Lost.

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:27 AM

Awesome final comment ;-)

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on April 15, 2011
at 02:40 PM

Smart guy but this is still an educated guess, too may variables to make this a non-issue. How many of us will be alive in 20 years and how many will be able to afford this technology. Game plan? Eat Paleo, stay healthy and enjoy life right now!

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on April 14, 2011
at 06:15 PM

I use paleo to stay healthy and hopefully reach the point where technology will be able to keep me alive indefinitely. This is not the only reason I'm paleo, I also like the improved athletic performance and energy, but it is a big one. I am planning on researching aging and bringing about the singularity myself actually.

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Look, when it comes to rational planning, you need to be humble. Why can't we (even if we had the technology) make food synthetically? The reason is because we don't know ALL of the components of food, so any synthetic food we make would be lacking. This is why I propose "cheating" when it comes to Paleo. Even if we conclude that Paleo makes the most scientific sense, there is a lot we don't know and a diet, no matter how rational it might seem, always has a blind side to it. However, if we occasionally open up and cheat, we hopefully will get the missing nutrients.

Now, that said, about diet, do I really want to trust people like Kurzweil, no matter how smart they may be, to come up with all the elements of a transhuman me? No, it's too complex, but other people can do it if they want to.

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Paleo/traditional coupled with a lot of good exercise is of course the best shot to stay healthy until then, but I'm not holding my breath either!

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