“Our ancestors were able to evolve because cooked foods were richer, healthier and required less eating time – Dr. Richard Wrangham’s ideas sound against the grain of modern health eating ideal.Cooked foods healthier? We used to eat raw meat, which was certainly rougher.
But Dr. Wrangham doesn’t circumscribe his evolutionary ideas to meat. In any case, I’m deeply fascinated by the idea of jumping out of a tree and all of a sudden (not so suddenly, but geologically, yes) becoming full-fledged us.
I am not foolish enough to think we are any sort of marvel of sophistication in ideal humanistic terms, but if you think purely in terms of evolution, it is ridiculously important that one species as wimpy as us became the quasi-masters of nature. Or the idiotic mass trying to do so.
The famous debate between William F. Buckley Jr., the alleged the father of the conservative renaissance in America, and Noam Chomsky, social scientist and democrat.
Buckley tries to substitute accurate historical knowledge with mockery. Chomsky knows what he is talking about, and his points are logical
It is difficult to decide who won the debate in the end. Although Buckley’s ignorance made him look like a fool in most of the debate, America ended up embracing his republican views in the decades to come.
Meanwhile, Chomsky became an increasingly famous activist and neglected academic.
That is, Buckley’s ignorance became mainstream and Chomsky’s pristine ethics and accuracy went underground.
Fast forward to the 2008 US Presidential Elections. Christopher Buckley (William F.’ son and speech writer for George Bush) announces he is voting for Obama and gets kicked out of the conservative journal founded by his father.
This story sounds like a paragraph by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, this great chronicler of the American saga.
In June of 1968 Elvis Presley purportedly saved his career by performing his sexy Rebel with no Cause act for an audience of almost anachronistically well-behaved ladies. “The Special, sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines and aired by NBC in December, was the first time that Elvis had performed in front of a live audience in 7 years” – informs PRNewswire. Nobody could tell. Elvis was sharp. The only excesses showing at this point were talent, charisma, and testosterone. A 33 year-old sex god – laying the grounds for the increasing explicitness of Madonna, Britney Spears, and 50 Cent.
The performance combined the appeal of ‘ temperature rising’ with the American dream of sweethearts getting married in the groove of Gospel music. Before nightclubbing and one-night stands entangled with mainstream fashion and music trends, Elvis brought sex fantasies to the life of Singer Sewing Machine customers… One can laugh to death of their blushed faces and restrained body language, their gaze glued onto his figure and swing.
By looking at the fate of his contemporary knockouts, I wonder if this mix was the reason he has been considered ‘The King’. The biggest marketing deal indeed: selling the fetish of life and chastity – preaching with fervor each single part of it, with the occasional mocking smile.