Primal Transhumanism

George Dvorsky:

I’m not sure what’s more ironic: that a primitive approach to eating and fitness is the best way to optimize human health and performance, or that computer nerds are catching on and becoming complete bad-asses by engaging in these kinds of body hacks.

To me, a "paleo lifestyle" appeals to geeks for several reasons.

  • It has a scientific basis: genes, biochemistry, and physiology are all mentioned frequently. And actual scientific studies are read and cited.
  • Experimentation is encouraged. Theory to Practice, for example, exalts the n=1 experiment.
  • The assumption that "Human beings are not broken by default." (Latest in Paleo). People are realizing the untruths taught to us by civilization about ourselves. It is all part of the process of learning and becoming more rational about reality.

Often, we have to take one step back to take two steps forward. Until we have DIY gene therapy kits, we're stuck dealing with the genes we've got, which, far from being designed, were selected for by the pressures of the African savanna. We have to make due with what we've got.