It seems like I blinked and two weeks shot by. Fall is well and truly on the horizon, trees are starting to turn orange at the corners and the morning is characterized by a parade of yellow school buses. The sugar maple that I still think of as *your* sugar maple is positively glowing now! Not fully turned, but just starting in from the edges. Winter is coming, as they say.
As you know, I’m back at work now and I’m finding the commute from Stillwater into Minneapolis is an absolute pleasure. It’s quiet time between the bustle of home and work. I’m by myself, and I love it.
I also listen to audio books, and these days that’s just about the only way I get any reading done. Progress on the Primal Blueprint Certification has slowed considerably, sad but understandable.
I use Audible and I recently listened to Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective, part of The Great Courses series. It’s wonderful! I had realized that I’m all about being paleo, and reading up on it, but I actually don’t know that much about the evolutionary origins of humans. Kind of central to the whole “paleo” idea, don’t you think? So I loaded this up and got a really interesting grounding in human origins.
The thing I most enjoyed is that this isn’t a paleo diet book. It’s not trying to sell me on a way of eating and living, it’s just laying out what we’re pretty sure we know about our origins.
I came away pretty comforted – I think that the paleo diet community has a pretty solid grounding in evolutionary anthropology.
One of my favorite ideas that came out of listening to this book is the idea that evolution and diversity are different. In particular, lactose tolerance is part of the remarkable genetic diversity of our species, but since it’s not representative across all (or even most) populations it’s not precisely “evolution” yet (or at least as I interpret from this audio book). Just a very popular, successful, and useful genetic mutation. It’s like skin color, or hair texture. Makes me wonder where it will be in 10,000 years. Will all humans have the gene? Fun to think about.
Makes for an interesting drive too!