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  • (Quote from Elayne)I presume, based on the preceding context, that she is referring here to so-called diseases of civilization, such as obesity, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, certain cancers, etc. And by "our ancestors", she probably means our pre-agricultural ancestors. I don't know what evidence there is to support this claim, but in-context, it doesn't seem totally preposterous. (Quote from Elayne) I would like this 100X if I could! The importance of this when it comes t…
  • (Quote from Elayne)Yeah...it's also a bit strange to quote Democritus on physics as a way of elucidating what Epicurus taught about ethics. My take on her overall point is that Epicureans did not take things like the existing social structure, culture, traditions, laws, beliefs, etc. for granted. Those things are only to be considered useful to the extent that they provide pleasure to humans (edit: Wilson would apparently include other species here too), and not useful to the extent that they d…