I've been meaning to share this experience--too funny.
My World Civ professor was talking anthropology and the diet of prehistoric man. When he came to the topic of raw foods, he jokingly asked whether anyone in the room ate only raw foods. When I raised my hand, he kind of jump backed and suddenly looked a little awkward and sheepish--because what he proceeded (and was planning) to say was that, before man became civilized by cooking their food, they were weak, had rough digestion and distended bellies.
I sit up front and could hear the suppressed laughter behind me because (1) I have no distended belly, but my professor--who is always sipping a cola--has the hugest pot belly you've ever seen (and looks quite sick in general) and (2) although I said nothing, not wanting to embarass him, I was thinking "my digestion has never been BETTER!" (3) I'm only skinny in a fit sense
After class he asked condescendingly, "You're a vegan, huh?" So I told him the transition I've made to now, mostly fruit. He asks, "Where do you get your vitamins and minerals?" I've heard the protein inquiry, but THAT's new!
So that was a few weeks ago. Yesterday, while throwing popcorn into his mouth, he was talking about chakras and how you need to eat nutritious foods in order to give off positive energies (warning us to watch what we were eating but asking a kid with a health food bar to please wait to eat it until after class). And for some reason he avoided looking at me...
Yeah man, I find that the best way to counter-attack is silence. Though this is not much of an "attack", but still... Hahahaha!
hahaha. Not surprising. Here's one I like to use with professors: "100 years ago, while physicians were some of the brightest lights in society, their knowledge, practices and achievements pale in comparison to those of today; would you not also agree that in 100 years, future physicians would consider knowledge of today, somewhat lacking? Wouldn't this also carry over to other fields, however noble, such as yours, and whatever I pursue?"
hehehe, nice one!
You know what I think is really cool? I think you have already planted a seed for him. I used to be a know it all fat guy too, and it took a good long while for the information that was right in front of my stupid face to gel for me.
Personally, I'd call him on it, if he attacks, If not, I'd take the high road, but it might be cool if you gave him a copy of the 80/10/10 diet book or something just as a way to say, Here I wanted you to see where I'm coming from in case you're ever curious.
LOL on the vitamins and minerals thing! I can at least see where people worry about protein since they don't realize the truth about amino acids, but where I wonder, does he think vitamins and minerals come from if not fruit and veggies? :)
HAHAHAHAHA this is too funny - i almost choked on my banana - thanks for sharing - my comments are on this - he was talking about chakras and how you need to eat nutritious foods in order to give off positive energies
RE: chakras is a hindu religious concept and should not be taught into schools.
RE: giving off positive energy ... well, my positive energy isnt a leaking tap for energy vampires - its my own & i choose when & who i give it too.
RE: nutritious food - raw vegan food is the most nutritious rich & correct food the a homo-sapien digestive system so your teacher needs to go back to school.
The hypothesis that humans saw an increase in brain size as a result of cooking has gained traction over the past few years. The puzzle is a complex one as many of the pieces of puzzle are missing. I believe the idea has some validity however there are many other factors that played a part in the growth in brain size. Furthermore the success of the human species is not based simply on brain size. It would be interesting to see how the human brain expanded once speech between groups of humans spread.
The hypothesis is a little reductionist based primarily on correlation. Cause and effect have not been demonstrated beyond doubt. This is an issue that will probably be debated for decades.
As for chakras, I would ask the professor if he has a degree in nonesence as well as anthroplogy!
Thank god our brain size increased so we could do such incredibly smart things like bombing each other over belief systems and building nuclear power plants on fault lines next to the beach!
Whatever in fact caused encephalization, our ratio of sensibility to ability is way out of whack. It raises the question: Is cooked food to thank or to blame?
Also: It would be interesting to see how the human brain expanded once speech between groups of humans spread.
This line of research is very important in linguistic and physical anthropology right now. It may be very underrated. There will likely always be the "which came first" problem though.
yeah what crazy ass food do i have to eat so my heart starts catching up with my brain? ha
Raw vegan, no joke! It really does open people up after a while. It did me anyway, unless I am just crazy (well, that sure could be), but it was a sort of "side effect" of the diet that totally caught me by surprise.
Yes Jon, if only all humans embraced a smHEART heART as indicators of success and intelligence.. Peace, not war would pervade!
I love you, Jon. :)