The Reading List

I thought I’d put together a list of things I’d like other people to read.

Social Dynamics

There are 4 pieces written by F. Roger Devlin. They are all good.

  • The first is Sexual Utopia in Power (pdf), published in the Summer 2006 issue of the Occidental Quarterly. He talks describes how feminism came about and changed things with greater clarity and understanding than I’ve seen anywhere else.
  • The second is Rotating Polyandry – And It’s Enforcers (pdf), published in the Summer 2007 issue of the Occidental Quarterly. He reviews two books, one asking why women leave seemingly happy marriages, and one about the ruthlessness of the state in punishing men for marrying women that later leave them. Any male considering marriage needs to read this twice.
  • The third is called The Feminine Sexual Counter-Revolution and it’s Limitations (pdf), written for but not published in the Occidental Quarterly. Here he reviews a recent book by Wendy Shalit (author of A Return to Modesty).
  • The fourth is simply called Home Economics (html), and was published in several parts on a website called The Last Ditch. This is sort-of a repackaging of the same ideas. If you read none of the rest, read this.

Diet & Health

  • The Archevore Diet, by Kurt Harris – a well-informed list of twelve steps to take for eating healthy, ranked in order of priority.
  • In 2007 Micheal R. Eads M.D. made a post titled, Karl Popper, metabolic advantage and the C57BL/6 mouse. This is a fairly basic refutation of the conventional calories in/calories out hypothesis (the idea that to lose weight, you must eat less and/or exercise more). In the first part of the post he gives a basic summary of why calorie-restricted dieting doesn’t work and why cutting carbs does. Then, he covers a laboratory study showing variations in weight gain among mice eating the same number calories of varying types, and similar (lower) weight gain among calorie deprived (starved) and and low-carb/high-fat fed mice. There is a lot more science where that came from.
  • In 1999, science writer, Gary Taubes wrote an article for Science called The (Political) Science of Salt. The bottom line is that there is no scientific evidence that reducing your salt intake will reduce your blood pressure if you’re not hypertensive. If you are, it might have a very small effect. The article is long, but good.
  • There are two books by Gary Taubes and you should read one of them.  Read his new book, Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It, if you want to know what to eat and why.  Read his 2007 book, Good Calories Bad Calories, if you want a crazy amount of science.  Dr. Michael Eades has a great review/summary of the former.
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