We would be hubristic fools to believe that all of our thoughts here at The Atavist Daily are original. Our thoughts and our work build on the ideas of others, and so we're compiling a list of other resources for Atavist thinking. Granted, many of the people whose work is collected here probably don't believe in much of Atavism, and might be appalled at their inclusion here, but... well, we like their work and are showcasing it anyway. If you know of any Atavists-in-spirit whose work you think belongs here, contact us and let us know!
Food and Health
Latest in Paleo (website/podcast)
There are many, many resources for the paleo diet out there, but Latest in Paleo is our favorite. The podcast, hosted by Angelo Coppola and supplemented by a cornucopia of articles and links on his websites (www.latestinpaleo.com and www.humansarenotbroken.com), combines a friendly personality and excellent production values with in-depth analysis of health news from a paleo perspective. Their motto is "Humans are not broken by default," which we couldn't agree with more.
Angelo goes in-depth into the latest 'scientific' reports regarding health and diet, eviscerating the phony studies that are often funded by corporate food companies and questioning everything, even reports that come out that are generally in favor of paleo principles. But he doesn't stop there. He goes into philosophical perspectives on health quite frequently, and provides great evidence that thinking about health issues can help us unravel much more than just our waistbands.
All of his back episodes are available on the web - but if you're looking for a sample episode to show you just how valuable this program is, we reccomend Episode 102: "Rhabdo and Beans."
Mark's Daily Apple (website)
Mark Sisson has been one of the first exposures to paleo living for lot's of people, and you could definitely do worse. He would definitely like you to buy his books, and his website feels a little too smooth and corporate for our tastes, but it's a great source of information and inspiration for paleo eating.
Die biting the throat! That's the motto on a shirt sold by Gnolls.org, a paleo website that goes well beyond diet. If you haven't heard of them before (and we hadn't) a gnoll is a fantasy hyena-human creature. J. Stanton, the website's author, has picked gnolls as his inspiration because they represent the primal nature of humanity- if nothing else, his website will make you curious about hyenas, which are a fascinating species of very social animals. Like wolves, only with an unfairly negative cultural image, probably mostly due to the Lion King (which we can't help but still love, even if it depicts hyenas incredibly unfairly).
And if that's not enough paleo diet website for you, or if you've just got lots of time to devote to finding good paleo resources, check out this list from the psychology of eating's website, listing 50 great paleo websites (too many to discuss individually here!).
Are We Designed to be Sexual Omnivores? (TED Talk)
This is a quick, 15-minute condensation by Christopher Ryan of the book he wrote with his wife: "Sex at Dawn," a highly-recommended addition to any Atavist's library. Because of the restrictions imposed by the TED conferences (15 minutes, maximum, relative prudery in what they allow presenters to talk about or show), it's a bit of a scattered presentation- there's simply too much pipe that Ryan needs to lay down in order to give a convincing basis for his arguments. So, this presentation is best thought of as a teaser - if you don't agree with his theories after watching it, it doesn't mean that you wouldn't agree with them after considering them in the context of a more fulsome presentation. i.e., read the darn book already.
A quick note: Ryan uses the term "the Standard Narrative" for what we at the Atavist Daily call "the Rational Model." We made the change because while our Rational Model is the 'Standard' narrative within the evolutionary psychology field, the Romantic Model (as we describe it) is considered to be the 'Standard' narrative in most of popular culture.
At any rate, you can watch the talk below.
We're continually on the lookout for new resources to direct our readers' attention to. Know of anything you think we'd appreciate? Then contact us and let us know!
If you've got longer than 15 minutes, but not enough to read the darn book already, Ryan offers a longer, though still pretty digressive, explanation of his work on the Young Turks program, which is made even more interesting by the intelligent questions and comments from the host:
Sex at Dawn (blog)
In addition to his speeches above, the book, and his presence in the podcast world, Christopher Ryan has a blog at Psychology Today. We would reccommend waiting to dive into his blog until you've read the book, as it offers a more coherent presentation of his research. But if you have, his blog goes into a wide variety of subjects and provides a great example of how Atavistic theory can be applied in criticism of all types of news and culture. Remember: Atavism is not an ideology - it's (attempting to be) a school of criticism.
And just to make this point again, Chris Ryan would not necessarily call himself an Atavist, if he even knew about us (but we hope he would!).
More than Two (website)
Tagline: "Polyamory from a Practical Perspective." More than Two is a great resource for people or couples who are interested in the nuts and bolts of making a polyamorous relationshiop work. They have a book coming out soon, as well, which should make for interesting reading.
There are many other sites out there that provide resources for poly couples, but in general, the scope of their arguments is a bit smaller in scale than what we argue for at The Atavist Daily - sure, a poly relationship with three to six or so participants can be a great deal more satisfying and economical than a monogamous relationshiop, but a great deal of the struggles that poly couples seem to go through arise out of trying to square their relationshiop with the wider culture that we live in. Here, we're aiming at changing that wider culture. Our theory is that a poly relationship within the context of a Federation would be much easier to support than a poly relationship in an otherwise capitalist, commercial world with limited community resources.
The Green Party (political party)
Out of all of the mainstream or quasi-mainstream political parties in America, most Atavists will probably find the Green Party to be the most interesting. As the name suggests, they're more environmentally-focused than Atavism necesarrily is (Atavism is definitely pro-environment, but we don't generally assume that the technological project will fail in addressing the environmental problems it has caused; whether it does or whether it doesn't, we believe that Atavism remains the best way to organize communites.
In addition to protecting our environment, the Green Party's platform supports decentralization, community-based economics and justice, feminism and gender equity, and a focus on sustainability, all values that Atavists generally care about.
The Communitarian Network (website)
Despite communitarianism being a strong undercurrent in both major American political parties (though in very different ways), there really aren't too many resources on the web discussing the communitarian framework. The Communitarian Network is one of the few, and it offers a fairly broad set of resources, from position papers to academic sources.
Fellowship for Intentional Community (website)
If you're interested in exploring different models for cohabitation and intentional communities, the FIC is a great resource. Here at The Atavist Daily, we're definitely all about intentional communities, although our focus is less on the sustainability and environmental benefits of communal living and more on the economic and psychological benefits. Much of the information on this website is geared more towards what most viewers probably think of as 'hippy communes,' though even a brief look around will show you that there are many kinds of intentional communities and many philosophies represented thereby.