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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Evolution's Sweet Tooth and Evolution's Power Tooth

According to Professor Daniel E. Lieberman of Harvard:

The final option is to collectively restore our diets to a more natural state through regulations. Until recently, all humans had no choice but to eat a healthy diet with modest portions of food that were low in sugar, saturated fat and salt, but high in fiber. They also had no choice but to walk and sometimes run an average of 5 to 10 miles a day. Mr. Bloomberg’s paternalistic plan is not an aberrant form of coercion but a very small step toward restoring a natural part of our environment.
Until recently, all humans had no choice but to not dominate others on a large scale. The libertarian plan of stopping regulations is not an aberrant rejection of science but a very small step toward restoring a natural part of our environment.

Just as evolution provided humans with a formerly-harmless appetite for sweets, evolution provided humans with a formerly-harmless appetite for power, which is far more dangerous than the appetite for sweets.

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