Hooray Meat!

Posted: April 22, 2012 by socklessjoe in Filthy Hippies, Fun With Media, News

LA Times:

If early humans had been vegans we might all still be living in caves, Swedish researchers suggested in an article Thursday.

When a mother eats meat, her breast-fed child’s brain grows faster and she is able to wean the child at an earlier age, allowing her to have more children faster, the article explains.

Hooray Meat!  But wait, the LAT had to put in this caveat:

She notes, however, that the results say nothing about what humans today should or should not eat.

Ok, as philosophy major, I am obliged to point out that ‘is’ does not imply ‘ought’. But are we really to believe that this is not compelling evidence that some amount of meat is natural for the development of healthy children? Are we instead to believe that is acceptable to promote diets that yield slower-growing brains in children?

On the other hand, fewer and more feeble-minded children… [insert jab at the political left here].

  1. Lemur King says:

    People that choose to be stupid, not have children, eat vegan and suggest their children do so have all made a choice to dramatically lower the odds of their genes propagating. So if those who have grave difficulties in deductive logic remove themselves from the gene pool, it’s really kind of a win-win, right? They are happier and as a whole the human race’s outlook gets a wee bit brighter.

    I don’t understand the whole concern so many have with what we should not eat. How about, “Well, it’s what we do. We eat whatever walks, crawls, flies, swims, or slithers. Or eat tofudebeest and boiled grass. Really up to you as a personal choice.”

    The Swedes cannot be impartial in that study. IKEA’s meatballs represent a conflict of interest.

    • veeshir says:

      The only choice we’re supposed to have is to kill babies.

      • Elliott says:

        So, if I understand correctly, we’re to eat babies. That seems reasonable.

        • MikeD says:

          Babies… the other, other white meat.

          • Aaron says:

            Yes, I’m aware of Manders’ technique. I thgouh hard about doing all those computations on the GPU myself, but there is a big difference between our samples.He only has lines for which to draw shadows, while I have polygons with arbitrary number of edges. For a line, no matter of the light’s position relative to it, the shadow always has the same shape. This is not so for a polygon, and depends both on the shape of the polygon and on the position of the light. One way to do this would be to draw the shadow volumes for each edge of the polygon, in the same way as Manders draws shadows for his lines, but depending on the level of detail of that polygon, this could result in a great number of Draw calls (order of tens), as opposed to a single Draw call for the whole object’s shadow, as it happens now. These add up, and may actually hurt performance more than benefit it.This is one area where DirectX10 geometry shaders would come in handy, as they could be used to generate the shadow’s geometry on the GPU, for any convex shape imaginable. But since XNA is DX9 only, for now I’ll have to stick to doing all this on the CPU.One other idea would be to move these computations on another thread, and use multi-threading, but this is dangerous territory as well.

  2. Not eating meat during pregnancy = child abuse.

  3. MikeD says:

    I’ve got a few left winger friends who are into the whole vegitarian thing. And they get a bit upset when I point out that vegitarianism is a diet only affordable by the richest of societies. They try to claim that poor people worldwide rarely eat meat (which is partially true… they eat little meat), but the point they miss is that those people are also terribly malnourished. A proper (as in, won’t give you deficiency related diseases like rickets) vegitarian diet is expensive, requires refridgeration, long distance shipping, greenhouse farming, and other luxuries not available to the poor.

    • Sockless Joe says:

      I have at least a little sympathy for the lacto-ovo veggies. A Hindu diet has managed to produce over a billion Indians. But the vegans just piss me off. Like you say, a reasonably healthy vegan diet takes quite a bit of work, and I cringe every time I read about some poor bastard vegan child who dies of malnutrition because of his damn dirty hippie parents.

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