The paleo axiom is an a priori method used to create working hypothesis'. We take what we know about evolution and about paleo anthropology and make inferences about human nutrition using premises from the knowledge we have in those fields. Mark and the generally scientifically minded people realize this, and that is why we think that "what Grok did" or what we think he did is insufficient to form a conclusion about what we ought to do for optimal health. The a priori hypothesis must always defer to the empirical evidence and that is where modern nutritional science comes in. There are things that Grok did that we can improve upon and there are things that he never did that we should do. Grok is a starting point, not an end.
For those of us striving to be as healthy as we possibly can with the greatest vitality and longevity as is possible, looking at things closely is the only reasonable conclusion. It gives us knowledge and whether or not we decide to act upon it is another issue all together. For some it is primarily a point of interest.
Maybe that person doesn't want more eicosanoid activity than they have to. Today I ate two tablespoons of hemp seeds and two tablespoons of olive oil, and hefty amount of bratwurst. Was that particularly healthy? No, but the point is that I know it isn't and all knowledge is invaluable in the hands of one who can handle it.
"Oh I don't eat that because the Omega ratios are off a bit"
edit: To put in another way, we should always strive to know what -is- the case, but knowing that doesn't necessitate an -ought- in itself. An ought can only be derived from an is with a qualifier about a person's values. If I value the hemp seeds right now more than I value the absence of superfluous eicosanoids, I ought to eat the hemp seeds. If I would rather go without the hemp seeds than have the inflammation, I ought not to eat the hemp seeds. Neither is more right than the other, it's all contingent upon individual values. There are few values that I hold as immutable and one of them happens to be that I ought to know what is the case about reality, and so I'm going to look really closely.
Last edited by Stabby; 05-18-2010 at 10:27 PM.
Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.
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