Jul 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Our July book club selection is about two hot topics among skeptics: so-called "paleo" diets and evolutionary psychology. Judging by the comments on Amazon, this one is going to be controversial. This month, we try to sort through the hype and get to the truth behind the claims with Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk.
We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple. Popular theories about how our ancestors lived—and why we should emulate them—are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence.
The book is available in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audible formats. The meetup is BYO beer/wine/snacks/etc and costs $1. Space is limited, so RSVP "Yes" if you plan on attending and change to "No" if your plans change to make room. Thanks and good reading!
Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. It's the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion. - Brian Dunning