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Ancestral Health Symposium 2011: You Never Forget Your First Time
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August 11, 2011
1:07 am
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"Why Are We Hungry?" will return next week.
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I'm sure everyone who wasn't there is experiencing some combination of fatigue and jealousy upon seeing everyone post about the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium—because it's nearly impossible to say anything about it without blatant namedropping. I'll get to that in a moment.

First, though, I have to recognize those who were, to me, the most important people in attendance:

YOU.

My readers, fans, and commenters.

I was thrilled to meet so many people who read, enjoy, and learn from the articles…

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August 11, 2011
2:32 am
eddie watts
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stop with the hyperlinks! i can't keep up with all the blogs i find in paleo/primal world!!
i hear that don matesz was there, that could have been interesting? given the direction he is now going in i mean

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August 11, 2011
5:26 am
Chowstalker
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I agree about the down time. I tried to say hello to you, but I was so engrossed in the presentations and the energy flowing from the crowd, I missed the opportunity to meet you and many others.

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August 11, 2011
6:02 am
Todd S.
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I agree with Eddie Watts above. All the buzz seems to be about the "debate" between Taubes and Guyenet, but I can't imagine that Matesz escaped totally unscathed. I'm a bit surprised he was even there.

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August 11, 2011
8:23 am
The Great Ancestral
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[...] J. Stanton, Gnolls.org. Ancestral Health Symposium 2011: You Never Forget Your First Time. [...]

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August 11, 2011
9:58 am
Tony K
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It was great to meet you. I agree with the more time between talks and also allowing for some shorter ones.

Regards,
Tony

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August 11, 2011
10:26 am
Aaron Blaisdell
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J, it was a sincere pleasure meeting you! First, thanks for the suggestions, they are excellent and we'll try to accommodate going forward. Please include me in that late night discussion with Andrew if you ever make it happen. You never forget your first time, and it grows with the telling/reminiscing. Keep writing, keep blogging, keep thinking! Die biting the throat (which has special meaning to me, being a descendant of vampires).

Ciao, my friend!
Aaron

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August 11, 2011
10:58 am
Toppmötet, Ancestral
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[...] Wisdom Emily Deans, Evolutionary Psychiatry (1) (2) Fitbomb Frank Forencich, Exuberant Animal J Stanton, Gnolls.org Jack Kruse Jamie Scott, That Paleo Guy (1) (2) Jennifer Hunt, Vibrant Sexy Strong John Durant, [...]

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August 11, 2011
11:07 am
neal matheson
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I’ve noticed several people dismissing Dr. Boyd Eaton’s talk as utopian, and embracing the “nasty, brutish, and short” stereotype. Ask yourself: where does the human sense of fairness and justice come from? Why do we instinctively desire it? Perhaps…because it was our evolutionary context? (See: The Civilized Savage and the Uncivilized Civilization)

Also consider the difference between individual and tribal violence (single and small-group combat) and institutional violence (war, genocide, famine). I’ll have more to say about this in the future.

Nice to see this,
from what I have read a lot of people there seem to have found him quite compelling. I look forward to seeing a vid of his talk but it has been interesting so see how people seem to want to believe that life was violent in paleolithic.

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August 11, 2011
11:10 am
neal matheson
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nuts!
In the same week (two weeks) of this event Frank Forencich wrote this wonderful piece
http://www.ptonthenet.com/blog/the-inner-unit/fighting-fighting-why-mma-and-bootcamp-training-are-a-step-backwards-334

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August 11, 2011
11:43 am
Christopher Sturdy
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Hey JS,

It was cool meeting you and I totally agree with your suggestions!

Cheers,
Chris

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August 11, 2011
12:09 pm
Peter Ballerstedt
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It was a pleasure meeting you! Thanks for your comments, both in person and here on your blog. Your encouragement is much appreciated. The "down-time" during my trip home was occupied by the "Credo." And when I got home, Nancy was so glad to see I had an autographed copy!

Great suggestions, by the way, and I appreciate your observations on a wonderful event. Here's to the next one!

Kind Regards,

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August 11, 2011
1:27 pm
Garrett Nichols
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J. -

It was a real treat meeting you and having you sign my brand new copy of TGC. It's on the top of my reading stack which I'll start if I can ever get away from the expanding blog universe!

What an inspiring two days. I think you're correct about next year being huge and I like the suggestions about down-time and 20 minute slots.

Garrett

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August 11, 2011
9:03 pm
Tim Gerstmar, ND
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Hi J,
Thanks for the spectacular Korean BBQ pick on Friday night and working your magic to get us in. I'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to talk much, let's make it happen next time.

Best,
Tim Gerstmar, ND

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August 11, 2011
10:21 pm
julianne
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I'll never forget this first time either. It was all such a buzz. And great to meet you too.
More time to meet and talk to people at a BBQ or similar sounds like a great idea.

I agree - disagreement is great, it stimulates questioning ones (possibly entrenched) point of view, and more research and debate.

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August 11, 2011
11:20 pm
Nom Nom Paleo
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It was great meeting you at AHS! In my esteemed opinion (Ha!), you and Andrew Badenoch tied for best dressed caveman. See you next year!

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August 12, 2011
4:57 am
Toppmötet, Ancestral
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[...] Wisdom Emily Deans, Evolutionary Psychiatry (1) (2) Fitbomb Frank Forencich, Exuberant Animal J Stanton, Gnolls.org Jack Kruse Jamie Scott, That Paleo Guy (1) (2) Jennifer Hunt, Vibrant Sexy Strong John Durant, [...]

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August 12, 2011
2:16 pm
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Hello everybody!  I'm going to start catching up on comments now as I can.  Sorry for the delay.

eddie, Todd S.:

I didn't watch Don Matesz' talk.  Apparently it was somewhat more moderate and reasonable than his recent postings, but I have no interest in the theoretical foundations of woo.  Give me Mat Lalonde any way.

Patty:

It's probably good that unfinished business gives us something to look forward to next year!

Tony K:

Thank you!  A pleasure.

Aaron:

Likewise!  I'm proud to have been a part of the first AHS.  

I think you'll find the upcoming articles intriguing, and I look forward to your thoughts.

neal matheson:

Dr. Eaton's talk isn't uploaded yet, but it should be at some point:

http://vimeo.com/ancestralhealthsymposium

And I love and respect Frank, but I disagree with him on the role and function of MMA.  It's not a street fight.  The time of the brawlers like Tank Abbott is long past, and anyone who steps in the ring without a clear head and a diverse set of skills honed over years of training is going to get tapped or KTFO.

Chris:

I'm always glad to meet my readers and fans.  Thanks for the support!

Peter:

Absolutely!  I'm glad to plug your work.

Garrett:

Read it whenever you're moved to...it's not an assignment.

Tim:

Like I said to Patty, it gives us something to look foward to next year.

Julianne:

I was glad to see you and Jamie there, especially since it was such a long trip for you.

Michelle:

The funny thing is I was debating whether to wear the kilt or the suit.  It's a good thing I chose the suit, or Andrew and I would have had to fight!

JS

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August 20, 2011
12:03 pm
Walter
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Did you get to ask the Easdes if they were functional paleo?

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August 21, 2011
9:27 pm
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Walter:

I barely got to say "hello" to the Eadeses.  They're among the many people I wish I had been able to converse with.  It's hard to overstate how hectic those two days were.

JS

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