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Great Website – Nutritionfacts.org
It can be incredibly tough to figure out what to eat, seeing as there are both nay sayers and yay sayers for virtually every type of food out there. The best place I have found to find data driven dietary recommendations is nutritionfacts.org. All content on the website is well backed by scientific studies and delivered in an easy to understand format.
While the creators of the site have come to the conclusion that a plant based diet is generally the best choice, I strongly recommend eating whatever foods make you feel the most healthy / vital. Although I eat an almost entirely vegan diet, some people get by just fine eating meat, and some have even claimed that transitioning to a meat only diet cured them of chronic diseases. It all depends on personal physiology.
I’ve attached some videos from the site below.
Mark Plotkin’s TED Talk: What the People of the Amazon know that you don’t
This is one of the most fascinating TED talks out there. It is also one of the most important. Speaking as someone who has had first hand experience with Shamanic healing, I can confidently say that the biodiversity and medicines of the Amazon are beyond priceless, as is the knowledge of the people who call it home. This talk does an excellent job driving these points home.
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4/24/2019 – I guarantee that this one will blow your mind.
Incredible Person: John von Neumann
I’m always surprised that more people haven’t heard of John von Neumann. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds of all time and made significant contributions in a wide range of academic disciplines (Quantum Physics, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, Biology, and Economics, to name a few). His wikipedia page is well worth reading, but if you don’t have time for that, here’s a short list of some of its most interesting excerpts:
- When he was six years old, he (von Neumann) could divide two eight digit numbers in his head and could converse in ancient Greek. When the six year old von Neumann caught his mother staring aimlessly, he asked her “What are you calculating?”
- At the age of 15, he began to study advanced calculus under the renowned analyst Gábor Szegó. On their first meeting, Szegó was so astounded by (von Neumann’s) mathematical talent that he was brought to tears.
- By the end of 1927 (Neumann was born in 1903) he had published twelve major papers in mathematics, and by the end of 1929, thirty two papers, at a rate of nearly one major paper per month.
- Despite being a notoriously bad driver, he nonetheless enjoyed driving – frequently while reading a book – occasioning numerous arrests as well as accidents.
- He believed much of his mathematical thought occurred intuitively, and he would often go to sleep with a problem unsolved and know the answer immediately upon waking up.
- Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe said “I have sometimes wondered whether a brain like von Neumann’s does not indicate a species superior to that of man.”
- Herman Goldstein once said: “One of his remarkable abilities was his power of absolute recall. As far as I could tell, von Neumann was able on once reading a book or article to quote it back verbatim; moreover, he could do it years later without hesitation. He could also translate it at no diminution in speed from its original language into English. On one occasion I tested his ability by asking him to tell me how A Tale of Two Cities started. Whereupon, without any pause, he immediately began to recite the first chapter and continued until asked to stop after about ten or fifteen minutes.”
Announcement: Misc Pages
I’m going to start adding some miscellaneous pages to this blog. They will probably collections of videos, articles, photos, and lecture series, and might be arranged in a slightly more long-form structure than that of the topics I include in my weekly updates. Here’s a link to the first one.