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    Quote Originally Posted by lizch View Post
    Thanks Griff...interesting! You'd really think academics could keep the salient points in their brains without needing re-prompting every paragraph. Yet another thing to add to my list of "things I will fix when I'm supreme ruler"
    Supreme ruler or not, you'll never be successful at changing academic culture. People have been trying since the Dark Ages; it's never worked yet.
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    Taubes was on liberal elitist anti-real 'merica NPR today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizch View Post
    I'm about halfway through GCBC. It's an interesting but frustrating read. I enjoy the technicalities, even though it slows down the read somewhat. It's the constant re-stating of the same points that is driving me nuts. Given that the theory "obese people are fat because they're lazy and gluttonous" is the conventional wisdom, he doesn't need to keep re-stating it or re-phrasing it every time he's coming up with a counter-theory. I think the book could have used a really good editor who had the force of character to say to the author that some of his clever phrasings were unnecessary and should be tossed. Let's hope that happened with his new one.
    Yeah I agree I am normally a very fast reader and I find myself rereading passages to try and commit to memory some of the many studies/articles he references. On the plus side this is a book that will last me more than 2 days! And I will definitely be getting his new book in addition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Actually, the way you describe his writing (which is accurate) is the way academics write generally. His new book is written for the layman and probably won't do that, but when you're writing to other academics, redundancy and repetition of important points is the standard way to write.
    Griff yes you are right. His book basically reads like a scienctific journal. You might want to check out his lecture online too Lizch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthFriendly View Post
    Taubes was on liberal elitist anti-real 'merica NPR today.
    Not sure what this has to do with his book....but okay.

    I enjoy NPR and Ira Glass on "This American Life" which is not elitist at all.

    Can you recommend any books? I want to read "The Vegetarian Myth" after Taubes
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurenKM View Post
    Griff yes you are right. His book basically reads like a scienctific journal.
    Since he's a science writer (and ergo an academic) this really isn't surprising, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurenKM View Post
    Not sure what this has to do with his book....but okay.

    Can you recommend any books? I want to read "The Vegetarian Myth" after Taubes
    It's just Darth's sense of humor. You'll get used to it.

    I would also recommend the Eades' books (start with Protein Power) and Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. Oh, and definitely read "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Colpo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizch View Post
    I'm about halfway through GCBC. It's an interesting but frustrating read. I enjoy the technicalities, even though it slows down the read somewhat. It's the constant re-stating of the same points that is driving me nuts. Given that the theory "obese people are fat because they're lazy and gluttonous" is the conventional wisdom, he doesn't need to keep re-stating it or re-phrasing it every time he's coming up with a counter-theory. I think the book could have used a really good editor who had the force of character to say to the author that some of his clever phrasings were unnecessary and should be tossed. Let's hope that happened with his new one.
    It is quite the slog of a read..but the research he presents is worth it. His new book out this week is supposed to be a streamlined version.

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    GCBC is definitely the book that has helped me the most when discussing the misunderstanding that fat=heart disease with non primal/paleo friends and family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    ...I would also recommend the Eades' books (start with Protein Power) and Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. Oh, and definitely read "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Colpo.
    Woot! I've got all those books on the shelf, to-be-read (tho I've read Protein Power & Diabetes Solution).

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