Alrenous: The synthesis being that your spontaneous, authentic intent is not always your spontaneous action, and connecting the two consists not merely of recognizing the mismatch.
Isegoria: The study looked at “behavioral, emotional, and academic outcomes” — and did not look at income in adulthood.
Alrenous: Meat generally won’t try to kill you after it’s dead. Seeds are still alive and will certainly try to kill if you eat them; tolerance is not always immunity.
Alrenous: Well, you know. Proggies. That said, this sounds like a super-fun thing to put in your eye. I can barely give myself regular drops.
Marc Pisco: How do they measure “how kids turn out”? The happimeter? Divorce rate? Or just income in adulthood? Children of divorce are made desperately unhappy by it at the time, and they never really get over it in most cases. We are being told not to worry about that, because it doesn’t affect their odds of eventually owning a BMW. The technical term for this is “humanism”, I think.
Scipio Americanus: Meat (especially if its fatty) has a higher caloric density than fruit and grains, and is more concentrated in space than pollen. It’s also mechanically easier to digest than grain and some nuts/seeds (though there’s the potentially confounding factor of the chemical/microbial aspect of digestion to consider). In the wild, meat will mostly be found in more concentrated lumps (carrion, etc.) than seeds, which must be gathered and (frequently) husked. You’re right...
Carl: Yet another social science study that would benefit from some minimal understanding of IQ. I would bet that the mother income and educational level correlation would disappear if they controlled for IQ.
William Newman: Do you have a source for your idea that meat is a higher-energy food than seeds, or are you just assuming your conclusion and using that assumption to support your conclusion, or what? “Seed” and “meat” are big sloppy categories, so I don’t know how to get a definitive answer for which has a higher energy density, but some early search hits for “jerky calories” and “wheat calories” suggest that on the order of 4 dietary calories per...
Scipio Americanus: Professor Jones said the availability of [lower energy density] food on the property made the lorikeet’s decision to eat [higher energy density food] mystifying. Truly a mystery for the ages!
Alrenous: So children get more healthcare but don’t become healthier. You don’t say.