Thank you, Geologizer, for a great blog. About two-thirds of the way through a long post I recently authored, under the article subheading "Fallback Food of Last Resort," I introduced my quick take on the argument that a plant-based diet is most definitely the natural diet of Homo sapiens.And here is the full text of "Fallback Food Of Last Resort," for those who don't wish to read the entire long post he's referring to:
I am looking for a worthy "opponent" to help me refine (or discard) my fallback food of last resort (FFLR) hypothesis in a leisurely and friendly cross-blog debate.
My ideal opponent is an insightful, independent, cutting-edge thinker in a field like paleoveganology who is favorably disposed toward vegan ethics but scientifically skeptical about vegan claims such as the FFLR. My ideal opponent (which is really too strong a word; open source peer review is much closer) will not be influenced one way or the other by my activism in the fields of energy descent, climate change, monetary reform, and degrowth, but will keep the discussion squarely focused on the scientific evidence for and against FFLR.
In addition to the FFLR article sub-section and my post on carbon isotope analysis of australopiths, I have read - but much too quickly - perhaps fifty articles and two hundred abstracts relating to this subject. I did all of this research in the spring of 2010, and wrote up a number of notes, the gist of which is that the expensive tissue hypothesis is extremely unlikely to support a meat-intensive diet as the driver of human brain evolution, but is entirely consistent with a carbohydrate-intensive diet. I have not been able to write up my FFLR hypothesis because I am working simultaneously across too many other more pressing research and advocacy fronts to maintain it as an independent line of critical inquiry. However, I think I could tackle it efficiently, effectively, and enjoyably through dialogue with a competent and intellectually gracious devil's advocate.
If this proposal interests you, please feel free to respond with a post on your own blog addressing however many holes in FFLR you would like to start with, and we can take it from there as our schedules allow.
Thanks again for a great blog, and regardless of what you decide about my proposal, I wish you all the best as you continue with your writing on PaleoVeganology.
I will post my responses to this challenge in the next few days. This post signals my acceptance of Permavegan's offer, on his terms. Stay tuned.