HEALTH NEWSLETTER #29
EVOLUTIONARY THINKING, EATING AND EXERCISING
9th November 2017
Guess who just had an operation on their right knee? Finally, I'm on the road to being fully active again. Exercise is keystone habit that keeps my mind in check, which keeps me away from the biscuit tin!
Nothing has helped me understand myself quite like learning from our evolutionary history. Evolutionary science and ancient history fascinate me.
Like yesterday, it blew my mind to learn that early homo sapiens used mushrooms to carry embers as they migrated north to colder climates. The same fungi (Amadou) can also be used to make hats, like the one below:
This passion for learning drives me to share my work with you. Sharing information is great for everyone. If you like it, you win and I get a warm feeling from helping you. But it also helps me consolidate my learning.
As the American educator Edgar Dale said:
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we personally experience
95% or what we teach others
With this in mind, I am rethinking my work. I still want to create learning experiences that break down complex subject matter and make new information stick. But doing it through the written word might not be the best way.
It obvious that human beings haven’t been reading and writing for very long. A hundred years ago most of us were illiterate, peasant farmers. Prior to farming, the only things we read were the skies and the land and we did this for millions of years.
Tribal people alive today, teach through stories, not books, which suggests that's how we've always learned. We teach through myths and legends and poems and songs. Western children are obsessed with Disney and adults are hooked on films and television series.
Stories engage our visual and auditory senses but they also engage our imagination. Hidden meaning hides behind stories which transcend our evolutionary history.
With all this in mind, I have decided to focus my attention on creating audio-visual learning experiences. I’ve taken a break from writing recently to focus on my photography skills.
I want to have a bit of fun creating the kind of video content I enjoy consuming. The kind of material that will inspire you to take action and make your life healthier and more fulfilling.
I wish you all the best for winter ahead of us. Remember, we need more sleep this time of the year to stay healthy and strong!
That's it folks.
All the best