Lockdowns, Longevity, Liberty & Long-Termism

LOCKDOWNS, LONGEVITY, LIBERTY & LONG-TERMISM So the big question of the day is de what do we do about Covid-19? The consensus winning out at the moment is to flatten the curve at any cost. This is to be achieved by “social distancing”, the extent and severity of which varies considerably from country to country, …

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Six Pack in Six Weeks?

Can you really get a Six Pack in Six Weeks? Summer is here, and with it all the fitness headlines such as “Get A Six Pack in Six Weeks”. Actually, forget 6 weeks: For whatever reason, getting abs with Men’s Health took 1 day longer in 2013 than 2012… It’s not just ripped abs that …

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Are you Apocalypse Fit?

This is one of my favourite quotes, and for me, the perfect definition of health and fitness. I want to be ready for any adventure that life might present me. Whether that’s playing in a capoeira roda, kayaking down a river, trekking over a mountain range, biking across a country, or doing some crazy obstacle …

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Science and Decision Making: Limitations and Misconceptions

Despite being the major force responsible for the amazingly long, healthy, comfortable, secure and rich lives that so many of us now take for granted, in my experience science seems to be widely under-appreciated and misunderstood. Whether I’m discussing training methodologies, medicine, nutrition, or social, political or economic ideas, I regularly come up against resistance …

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Is the Moral Landscape a Wilderness?

Around 12 years ago, I converted from vegetarianism to “ethical omnivorism”. I made this change as I came to the conclusion that including some grass fed beef and lamb in one’s diet has a net positive effect on the environment, food sustainability, biodiversity, and potentially even an increase in net animal well-being (in the UK). I …

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DO HAEMATOCYTES DREAM OF COAGULATED SHEEP?

I’ve never believed that “The Self” is a fixed, concrete attribute of a person – rather that it’s a fluid, ever changing construct, created in order to facilitate social interaction and bonding. We act in one way in certain company and social situations, differently in others. While there are those that believe that beneath these …

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Existence Expectancy

When discussing diet, lifestyle and health people often bring up the issue of life expectancy. Will eating/not eating this or that, or following a particular way of life increase your time on this planet, or cut it short? There is also debate about whether life expectancy is now longer or shorter than previous eras?  Did …

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