October 2, 2013
THERE ARE NO DARWINISTS ANY MORE:
THE HUMAN BODY HAS A STORY TO TELL : Harvard biologist Daniel Lieberman's new book, The Story of the Human Body, digs deep into the real meaning of "paleo" and why we struggle to stay fit and healthy in the modern age. (NICK HEIL, October 2013, Outside)
Everything else is Natural but us. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2013 4:38 AMDaniel Lieberman, the Harvard evolutionary biologist sometimes credited for sparking the barefoot running revolution, has a new book out--The Story of the Human Body--and it's a doozy. Lieberman argues that only by looking at human physiology through an evolutionary lens can we truly begin to understand how we get fit, and, consequently, why we get fat. [...]OUTSIDE: It seems like one of the key turning points has been this idea that, for many generations, humans have been trying to get enough calories, and now we've suddenly entered this period where we have too many calories.DANIEL LIEBERMAN: Mm, it's amazing. And we're just not very well adapted for it.Do you look at this from an evolutionary perspective and think, wow, we're really in this bizarre and transformative period?I think so, yeah. One of my jobs is to try to look around at the world we live in, and to think about what's really normal and what's abnormal from an evolutionary perspective. It's normal to think that the world you grow up in is normal, right? We think it's normal to fly in airplanes, drive a car, eat breakfast cereal from a box, and all the other things that you and I probably do--but actually they're abnormal.
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