Archive for January 2013

#  The Brutality of Vegetarianism →

January 16th, 2013 at 10:25 // In Worth Considering 

I note this more for its contrarianism than for its validity, but this was truly an unconsidered point in my mind.

But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do.

The primary means by which this idea is made reasonable:

Published figures suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in:

  • at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein
  • more environmental damage, and
  • a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat.

(via Marginal Revolution)

#  Self-Compassion is Better than Self-Esteem →

January 5th, 2013 at 17:28 // In Worth Knowing 

A nicely long article about the weakness of the promotion of self-esteem and an introduction of a thoroughly sensible alternative.

As I’ve defined it, self-compassion entails three core components. First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental. Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering. Third, it requires mindfulness—that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it. We must achieve and combine these three essential elements in order to be truly self-compassionate.

#  Tour of the International Space Station →

January 2nd, 2013 at 17:23 // In Worth Watching 

I got this from Kottke, who also gives the best possible description:

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who has spent almost a year in space, gives us a 25-minute tour of the International Space Station. AKA the nerdiest episode of MTV Cribs.

I have to add: space does crazy things to long hair, and being able to effortlessly move in three dimensions seems to make navigation a bit harder.