Is the human body "designed" to eat meat? Or is the human brain "designed" to prefer a vegetarian diet? A recent study [BBC News] showed some links between a vegetarian diet and high IQ, although it is not clear which causes what.
(I was particularly puzzled by this remark. "There was no difference in IQ score between strict vegetarians and those who said they were vegetarian but who reported eating fish or chicken." Who are these people who think chicken is a vegetable? Are they being dim-witted or devious, or do they have some inside information from the food processing industry?)
Scott Adams (himself a vegetarian and atheist) challenges his readers to produce reasons why it's healthier to eat meat.
Is the human body designed for hunting? We cannot outrun animals, but we can surround animals, and we can construct weapons. In other words, we are designed to hunt in armed gangs. Of course, this also equips us to fight wars. The dangerous idea that we should do something (eating meat, eating broccoli, fighting wars) simply because our bodies equip us to is known as the naturalistic fallacy.
Source: Banksy via BBC News
Wikipedia: Scott Adams, Banksy, Naturalistic Fallacy, Sociobiology
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