Category Archives: Nature

Four reasons the explanation why we crave sugar and fat and store fat seems wrong

on January 19, 2022 in Fitness, Models, Nature

You’ve probably read things like Until the last century, people were at more risk from malnutrition or starvation than they were from obesity. This lopsided pressure may have shaped humans to be more prone to store fat than to lose it. The ability to store extra calories as fat during times of plenty could help someone stay healthy and fertile when food was scarce. I’m no anthropologist, but I’ve concluded[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability basics almost everyone gets backward, twisting them up inside.

on January 18, 2022 in Awareness, Nature

Things I’ve learned from experience: Apples taste sweeter than Ben and Jerry’s, though not at first. Broccoli tastes better than Doritos, though not at first. Exercise feels better than heroin, though not at first. Not flying connects you with family more than flying, though not at first. Eating only local foods in season gives you more variety and connects you to more cuisines than foods flown in from anywhere, though[…] Keep reading →

The Struggle of Living Sustainably in a Society That Supports It in Word But Opposes It in Deed

on January 17, 2022 in Nature, Nonjudgment

I indulged in posting a first draft of something I feel important to share, probably overly bitter or snarky. Acting against the mainstream always makes life difficult, though differently for choosing different directions. I chose to act sustainably and to lead others to. Here are the challenges acting in this direction create. You can read into it as much as you like, but mostly it’s a rough sketch of something[…] Keep reading →

Challenge question (and answer): Could you pollute before fossil fuels?

on January 15, 2022 in Nature

I used to think polluting was an inevitable consequence of living. The best we could do was minimize it. But thinking about our ancestors who lived for hundreds of thousands of years in a region, they weren’t polluting. It seems to me the concept of pollution must be recent. I’ve been challenging people with the following question: can you pollute without fossil fuels? Or a similar question: could people before[…] Keep reading →

If we are so wealthy, why do we kick people without wealth off their land and take it and its resources?

on January 13, 2022 in Nature, Overpopulation

I’ve written about the San bushmen from southern Africa. Lately I’ve been learning about the Hadza, who live in Tanzania. They’ve both lived on the order of 100,000 years gathering and hunting. I’ll write about the Hadza, but it applies to all cultures we drill for oil and mine for resources. Here’s a trailer for a documentary I recommend to learn about them: Here is a link to the full[…] Keep reading →

Do examples of societies deliberately and successfully lowering their population or economy exist?

on January 10, 2022 in Models, Nature

If you believe that nonstop growth of the economy and population is impossible on a finite planet, you expect that either we have to stop growing deliberately or nature will cause both to collapse. If you further believe we have have overshot what Earth can sustain, you expect that even if we stop now, nature will cause both to collapse. Growing onto other planets doesn’t help because even if we[…] Keep reading →

My latest six fermentations, by reader request

on January 7, 2022 in Nature, Tips, Visualization

Readers have asked me to post more on preparing food. As you know, one of my biggest motivations is accessibility. I try to promote what anyone can do and to show how to do it. My sister asked me for pictures of my fermentations in action. I happen to have a few going, so took pictures of them. I thought making a video would help show what to expect. Before[…] Keep reading →

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