[ExI] Don't be a locavore fundamentalist

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 14:08:04 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:42 AM, Harvey Newstrom
<mail at harveynewstrom.com> wrote:
> "Max More" <max at maxmore.com> wrote,
>> Being a 'locavore' is supposed to be healthier for you and better for the
>> planet, right? Maybe not.
>> http://www.newsweek.com/id/216034
> Yes, being green is great.  But one has to be able to evaluate the total
> pros and total cons of any attempt to improve.  Humans are notoriously bad
> at estimating their effects on things.  This applies to good effects as well
> as bad effects.  In many cases, the complete answer is non-intuitive from
> what our simple Monkey 2.0 brains expect.
> (This is because our brains are 99% monkey brains with 1% beta code.)

### Locovores are monkeys arrogant enough to think they can out-think
the market. They disregard the price signal that integrates social
utility over the whole world, and instead apply their subjective
feelings to opine about things they usually know next to nothing
about, like the environmental and social impact of apple farming in
Chile or the energy cost of trans-oceanic shipping. In other words,
locovory is the usual mixture of ignorance and self-righteous
arrogance that monkeys strut around to impress other monkeys.

Funny thing, as soon as I learned to blabber about local wines, my
popularity with local chicks soared.

When I upload myself, I'll buy some social science expansion packs to
allow me to finally understand humans.


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