Vegans vs Carnivores: the Culture War's Strangest FrontierVote
It has become common to appeal to our evolutionary past to justify present ideologies. In this episode we are honing in on a vegan account of human diet and contrasting it with a less ideologically motivated piece published by The Atlantic.
There's a few interesting discoveries to be had. For one it's always interesting to see how subtle warpings of facts can lead to very different perspectives. It's also interesting to contemplate what such work tells us about the worldview of the writer. It's also interesting to see how evolutionary arguments are misused in the name of an agenda.
All of this comes into play with this PETA article on veganism but there's a mirror of this sort of ideological work going on among the Carnivore and Paleo subcultures online.
📚 Further Reading:
- PETA article: https://www.peta.org/living/food/really-natural-truth-humans-eating-meat/
- The Atlantic article: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/when-humans-became-meateaters/463305/
- A carnivore history article: https://fitawakening.co.uk/2022/08/17/carnivore-history/
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4:48 The Atlantic Article's History of Human Meat-Eating
8:08 PETA's Account
17:16 Reflections and Conclusion
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