I would dearly love to take time to develop this tonight, but I’m fixing dinner for friends (2nd night in a row, with Thursday for family coming up). Here’s the refresher course. Gary Taubes’ “alternate hypothesis of fat accumulation,” (in my crude way of explaining it). Simply stated: people overeat because they are (have accumulated excess) fat, and it’s not that they are fat because they overeat (cause & effect reversal; 180 degree error; the easiest kind). Here’s a quote, and I’m quite certain the author will be fine with non-attribution for now, ’cause if Ilinked it, too many of you smart ones would figure it out (those who haven’t already). Applying the 1st Law [of thermodynamics] to living organisms is Proof by Tautology. Yes, 1 + 1 = 2, but this tells us absolutely nothing about the underlying mechanics. The 1st Law does not (I repeat N-O-T) tell us whether you store excess energy in the form of fat, or bleed it off into the atmosphere by dilating blood vessels next to the skin, sweating, etc. To do so would require an accounting of entropy. I read that twice the other day, as part of a long piece (which…
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