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Indigenous Knowledge

Plant Teachers: Ayahuasca, Tobacco, and the Pursuit of Knowledge: Jeremy Narby on PYP 479

Can science learn anything from Indigenous knowledge about local plants, and animals? Can science acknowledge that debt and offer reciprocity?

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Calories, Love, and Growth: Josh LaJaunie on PYP 473

Josh LaJaunie and I talk about new science of metabolism, how Josh lost 230 pounds and kept it off, and how to pursue an authentic human existence.

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Exercise Doesn’t Burn More Calories and You Should Do It Anyway: Herman Pontzer on PYP 471

The formula to lose weight is obvious: eat less, move more. Unfortunately, it’s wrong. And it’s not because “calories don’t matter.” Discover the new science of metabolism with Herman Pontzer, PhD.

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Cooking and Eating for a Connected World: Lois Ellen Frank on PYP 462

What can the world learn about food from the Native American tradition? How can those of us who no longer live on our ancestral land-base reclaim our cuisine, culture, and connection to the whole?

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The Queen’s Gambit, The Hero’s Journey, Veganism, and Exercise: Tyson Yunkaporta on PYP 439

Author, academic, and artist Tyson Yunkaporta offers an Indigenous perspective on some of the core beliefs that have guided my life. Some, like veganism, survive in a different form. Others, like the Hero’s Journey, lie in tatters. And some, like exercise, get transformed and deepened. Read More

Civilization as a Self-Terminating Algorithm: Tyson Yunkaporta on PYP 436

Tyson Yunkaporta is an Australian Aboriginal artist, philosopher, and researcher who lectures on Indigenous Knowledge at Deakin University in Melbourne. He’s also the author of Sand Talk, a book that has influenced my thinking more profoundly than any other.

Basically, Yunkaporta turns the lens of anthropology around and puts Western civilization under the microscope, showing us how insane and unsustainable the entire project is.

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