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  • I guess I will need to get the book so I can say I read it when I diss it, although every single excerpt and interview has been convincingly awful enough. I can take this comment down, Cassius, if political, but they mention abortion rights not being compatible with pleasure. Lol, in what way??? I'm in training for a month, right now, to learn to do them. It's actually quite enjoyable to provide a medical service someone wants! It's generally not a teary occasion-- patients are relieved to have…
  • I am going to put my thoughts in this thread as I go, hoping for comments, and maybe eventually can pick out which parts to put in a full review.I have read the intro, and here are a few things I noticed: 1) She identifies several specific modern stressors such as pollution, which I think is largely accurate, and then she makes the astonishing statement "we live longer than our ancestors but in a sicklier fashion." Really? I have not seen evidence of that. Seems like she needs to cite sources. …
  • Todd, although we have more of certain diseases, we've gotten the ability to treat or cure others, and on balance I think it would need proof to say we are overall sicklier. Cancer rates actually appear to be about the same now as in early humans-- wild animals get cancer-- but we can treat it now in many cases. There's evidence that infections are milder in developed countries partly because less virulent strains out compete the ones that kill you quickly. In less developed places, people are s…
  • Epicurus was highly successful in his time, and part of the reason is that he did not waste time debating opponents in the public square. By forming his own Garden, he was able to teach uninterrupted and to build a base from which outreach could occur. This strategy resulted in widespread adoption of his philosophy for centuries after his death. And that is what we are doing, following Epicurus' example of developing a strong, clearly defined hub from which to send our "leaflets" into the publi…