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greg dahlen

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What have you researched?

You can enjoy researching something, it can be tedious, or you might have other feelings. What have you researched? How did you do it? Did you enjoy it or not, and why?

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well, I enjoyed hearing about people's different projects. The most useful abstractions I got from the conversation came from Fritzie Reisner, who clarified the difference between formal, academic research and informal home research, but also suggested they might not be so different; and Carolyn mcauley, who made me think about what is an experiment, and what experiments do I, and others, do in our personal lives.

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    Jan 25 2014: "What would be your background for running a conversation on the morality of eating plants versus animals?"

    Thank you for encouraging....I'm still thinking this is a quintessential subject involving our endless ignorance and arogance running our societies for millennia.

    But there is so much true knowedge and inspirational experience, new understanding, and obvious tendencies to invent/find new morals... Talk to you very soon!
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      Jan 26 2014: well, sounds like you might have a good topic, if you know of true knowledge and inspirational experience, new understanding, and obvious tendencies to invent/find new morals. Do you have time to share some of these new experiences and understandings with me?

      For myself I am not a vegetarian by philosophy but in practice I am. For about five years I have been living almost entirely on skim milk from cow, every day I drink about two gallons (7.5 liters) of skim milk and barely eat or drink anything else. It has been great for my health. Among other things I can easily maintain a very healthy weight, I am about six feet two inches and stay at about 168 pounds, which puts me right in the middle of normal on the BMI.
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        Jan 26 2014: Exciting.. Talk to you tonight.
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        Jan 27 2014: Please let me know if any of these questions below make some sense to you.

        Maybe they can be somehow combined?

        ANIMALS AS OUR TEACHERS, HEALERS AND.. FOOD?

        CAN ONE'S CHOICE OF FOOD REVEAL ONE"S TRUE INTELLIGENCE?

        HOW DOES OUR FOOD WE CONSUME EFFECT OUR MINDS (INTELLIGENCE) AFTER ALL?
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          Jan 27 2014: yes, they are all good questions. It slightly seems that the first two could be combined under the third one. The third one is the most general? When you add the explanation to your question, you can add additional questions to the original question.

          What is your diet, Vera? How do you think it affects you?
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        Jan 28 2014: Hello Greg. I'm still thinking about how to articulate the new topic...

        My diet? I've changed my diet many times. I was growing up on chocolate and "fat" milk. (When in my high school we had to be checked by a dentist - he always pointed that I was the only one who "takes a very good care" of my teeth making kids laugh..they knew what I was eating instead of my lunch.) I still love dark chocolate and whole(!!) milk, but am trying to buy goat milk. Fresh apples, grapes and baked pears make me very happy.

        I was on macrobiotic diet twice, and this saved my life - literally. I've learned a lot about organic food and buy only organic. My whole house has purified water, from every faucet and showers. I do love to cook, and can do many different cuisine, but my way. I do not trust restaurants.

        It is very important to Experience different diets once in a while, and find your own best. I think that food we eat is always ultimately turning into our Emotional energy and some particular sort of mood.... It is fantastic idea to discuss.

        In my opinion food shall never become any kind of stupid entertainment.

        Good night.

        I'll get back to you tomorrow!
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          Jan 28 2014: how have you learned to do many different cuisines? I should assume you are vegetarian, since the topic you want to start seems to suggest that it is bad to eat animals? But I wonder then what motivates people who know about vegetarianism and still choose to eat meat?
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        Jan 28 2014: Once upon a time I worked for this very brilliant old man in his 70s who did not want to eat anything but a skinny sandwich - piece of white bread and one slice of plane cheese. He’d have one cup of hot black tea.

        He was very fit, almost skinny and had just a couple of wrinkles on his noble face. I was 19 believing he was brilliant and graceful. Before I’d go to order his sandwich I kept suggesting “a slice of tomato or a piece of lettuce?”
        The answer was “No”.

        Recently, my Dutch friend, who is much younger than my old boss visited me here in the US. He had the same “menu” basically dutch cheese on bread and black tea. The reason was Different. European countries do not trust American food, no one buys it.
        Poorly grown, genetically engineered, cruelly treated and badly fed… etc

        Here is another reason Regarding Meat everywhere in Europe.
        Mad Cow Disease is the main reason why many of my European friends refuse to touch beef and sausages of all sports, Anywhere.
        This illness still happens here, in the US. For the reason that the USDA still approving junk sciences no Us meat is allowed in Europe, as well as very many other food varieties.

        I have some important philosophy about diets to share with you. Our environment, our age, our health are tremendous factors for us to think about... food can heal or kill, it can entertain and lift your spirit or put you down and bore you to death. I've learned from macrobiotics that whatever may grow from the ground or swim in water around you is most likely your salvation in physical and spiritual way. So much to learn! Talk to you later.
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        Jan 29 2014: Greg, here is my next Topic I want to try (if they let me publish it)
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        CAN THE FOOD WE CHOOSE TO EAT MANIFEST OUR INTELLIGENCE, EXPERIENCE AND MORALS ?

        Is food only something that feeds our physical bodies in order to move them around, or is it also effecting our hgihly emotional minds in unique ways? Why do we prepare and eat mountains of food just for some entertainment sake and keep playing with it?

        Did you have any experience of healing yourself by practicing any specific diet?
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        What do you think?
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          Jan 30 2014: I would think it would make an interesting conversation. I think they will publish it.

          Well, what I want from food is delicious taste. When it tastes good it gives me a sense of well-being.

          I myself don't prepare mountains of food, Vera. For five years now, I have been living almost entirely on skim milk. Every day I drink about two gallons, or 7.5 liters, of skim milk, and I hardly eat or drink anything else. I started doing it because I was having some eye trouble but I could not get a good solution from my optometrist. But on this diet I can go without glasses or eye drops.
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          Jan 30 2014: I agree with Greg that it seems like a reasonable topic. You might want to check out the food playlist: http://www.ted.com/playlists/75/what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html and maybe some of the 40+ TED talks about food to see which would be most interesting to link to. http://www.ted.com/topics/food

          The fact that there are over forty food-related talks suggests the topic might be of interest to the TED community.
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        Jan 30 2014: That is the way to heal yourself !! Just make sure your milk is safe (better get organic)


        If I feel something is wrong with me --- I change my diet trying this and that until I feel much better. (I do love milk (cow and goat) and it did not hurt me ever..)

        Food is tremendously Emotional Experience. It can heal us or kill us.

        Well, I'm going to post CAN THE FOOD WE CHOOSE TO EAT MANIFEST OUR INTELLIGENCE, EXPERIENCE AND MORALS ? Or, perhaps, our emotional status?
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        Jan 31 2014: Greg, did you read this interesting comment, below, from Fritzie, the Ted's Host ? Great links - please watch these clips..

        -- I agree with Greg that it seems like a reasonable topic. You might want to check out the food playlist: http://www.ted.com/playlists/75/what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html and maybe some of the 40+ TED talks about food to see which would be most interesting to link to. http://www.ted.com/topics/food

        The fact that there are over forty food-related talks suggests the topic might be of interest to the TED community. --

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