Short-term alterations in carbohydrate energy intake in humans. Striking effects on hepatic glucose production, de novo lipogenesis, lipolysis, and whole-body fuel selection.
Glycogen storage capacity and de novo lipogenesis during massive carbohydrate overfeeding in man.
Fat and carbohydrate overfeeding in humans: different effects on energy storage.
Postprandial de novo lipogenesis and metabolic changes induced by a high-carbohydrate, low-fat meal in lean and overweight men
Stable isotope methods for the in vivo measurement of lipogenesis and triglyceride metabolism
^That last link is the most important, since I know you're not going to bother even skimming these. Just read the section labeled "Significance of DNL in humans and animals"
Now, none of these studies were done later than 2005, and they go all the way back to the late 80s, so maybe my Google Scholar doesn't work as well as I thought it did. Maybe yours works better and can find this literal ton of research that's hiding from me.
So, let's compare two statements and take sides:
De novo lipogenesis is not a significant pathway in the contribution to bodily fat stores in human beings.
Ingestion of carbohydrates causes a rise in insulin levels, which results in the storing of carbohydrates as fat, contributing significantly to bodily fat stores.
Only one of them can be true, and only one of them is supported (rather uncontroversially) in the scientific literature. Yet Gary Taubes's anti-establishment--and admittedly, kinda slick and sexy--hypothesis holds more sway in the paleo community.
So the next time you wonder why nobody takes low carb/paleo seriously, there's your answer. We ignore real scientific literature in favor of holding up fucking journalists and other ne'er-do-wells as our dietary gods. I haven't even been in this community for a year and I'm more than a little jaded.