CK Links--Friday July 29, 2016

Links!

Don't forget: The easiest way to support Casual Kitchen is to buy your items at Amazon using the various links here. Just click over to Amazon, and EVERY purchase you make during that visit pays a modest affiliate commission to support my work here. Best of all, this comes at zero extra cost to you. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

PS: Follow me on Twitter!

*************************
No, farm subsidies are not making us fat. (Jayson Lusk)

How do you stay healthy on a $29 weekly food budget? (Quora)

Bonus: Why do I feel bad about my life when looking at other people’s Instagram accounts… and what should I do about it? (Quora)

How to tip from scarcity to abundance. (Steve Pavlina)

Why time passes more quickly the older we get. (Scientific American)

More evidence that music is dead. (Grant McCracken)

Interesting article on what drove the downfall of Kodak. (HBR)

Why do we still haggle for cars? (Priceonomics)

This is what happens when you shield an entire generation from failure. (Barry Carter)


Got an interesting article or recipe to share? Want some extra traffic at your blog? Send me an email!


How can I support Casual Kitchen?
Easy. Do all your shopping at Amazon.com via the links on this site! You can also link to me or subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, consider sharing this article, or any other article you particularly enjoyed here, to Facebook, Twitter (follow me @danielckoontz!) or to bookmarking sites like reddit, digg or stumbleupon. I'm deeply grateful to my readers for their ongoing support.

"Nobody Listens to Me in Real Life, But on the Internet Everyone Does"

A few months ago, the New Yorker did an intriguing profile on Mr. Money Mustache (I linked to it in a Friday Links post). It covered the expected MMM topics and then some: frugality, his blog, anticonsumerism and so on. Oh, and a bonus: the article was nowhere near as condescending[1] as expected.

But there was a minor theme in this article that really caught my eye. It showed up in a quote, a throwaway quote, that really struck me:

"Nobody listens to me in real life, but on the Internet everyone does."

Mr. Money Mustache has an enormous internet following. He has hundreds of thousands of readers happily and wholeheartedly embracing his frugality and wealth-building philosophies. I have two separate friends who, independently, made pilgrimages to meet him, both traveling from many states away. Clearly, "on the Internet" people do listen to him.

But hold on: how can nobody listen to him in real life? How can someone have such a powerful impact on perfect strangers in the virtual world, yet feel like his ideas fall totally flat with friends and acquaintances who actually know him in the real world? Wouldn't you think his ideas would be even more powerful and compelling to the people who see him in real life, particularly when in real life you can verify directly that his philosophy and lifestyle are real--and actually work?

Okay, sure, he might be exaggerating a little about "nobody" listening to him, but the point still remains: You'd think real-world friends and peers would have far higher trust levels than strangers over the internet. So why aren't they his most enthusiastic followers?

I have a theory why: Ego injury.

Because of our fragile egos (yep, your fragile ego--and mine too), your peers and friends cannot be experts. Why not? Because it represents an ego injury to us that we don't also have this expertise. It is literally an admission of weakness for our egos if a peer develops expertise in a domain where we should have expertise too.

And I'm not talking about all kinds of domains, just some. For example, it's not an ego threat that your neuroscientist friend is a neuroscientist. It's not an ego threat that a old classmate went on to get a PhD in physics. After all, they had to school for many years for this. You didn't go to school for many years to do this, it's not a threat to your ego that your peer has this domain expertise and you don't.

Oddly enough, however, it is an ego threat, a huge one, if this same friend happens to be in good physical or financial shape and has the temerity to share good ideas on how he got there.

Do you see the distinction? Ego injury is a far bigger problem in "regular life domains" like food, diet, fitness--and worst of all: personal finance. Everybody's supposed to have some degree of competence in these domains, so the fact that this other person has more than we do must mean his ideas--or his very competence--must be somehow suspect.

This leads us to denigrate or outright ignore people we know well for successes they have, when we should be listening to them and emulating them.

In short, it produces heavy cognitive dissonance to recognize that someone we know--a peer with more or less the same intelligence, the same starting point in life, the same abilities--could be better than us in these domains. It is deeply injurious to our egos.

So we resolve this cognitive dissonance, this ego injury, by denigrating the person, denigrating his expertise, or just… not listening.

And that's why nobody listens to Mr. Money Mustache in real life.


READ NEXT: Pabst and MillerCoors (Accidentally) Reveal an Open Secret in the Consumer Products Industry


Unrelated, barely tangential footnote:
[1] When a Manhattan-based journalist collides with someone unusual like Mr. Money Mustache the results can be fascinating. When somebody who's "seen it all before" (a common mindset of intelligent New Yorkers who are often staggeringly ignorant of the world beyond their NYC bubble), sees something new or unusual, they often react with condescension, sarcasm, even derision--yet another example of ego injury! Happily, this article surprised me: it was only condescending in a few places.



How can I support Casual Kitchen?
Easy. Do all your shopping at Amazon.com via the links on this site! You can also link to me or subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, consider sharing this article, or any other article you particularly enjoyed here, to Facebook, Twitter (follow me @danielckoontz!) or to bookmarking sites like reddit, digg or stumbleupon. I'm deeply grateful to my readers for their ongoing support.

CK Links--Friday July 22, 2016

Links!

Don't forget: The easiest way to support Casual Kitchen is to buy your items at Amazon using the various links here. Just click over to Amazon, and EVERY purchase you make during that visit pays a modest affiliate commission to support my work here. Best of all, this comes at zero extra cost to you. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

PS: Follow me on Twitter!

*************************
Seven reasons to eat eggs. (Mental Floss)

Related: Jazz up your morning eggs! (Casual Kitchen)

"While others might imagine we're missing out on life by not stacking it up with more activities, I feel we're allowing ourselves just the right amount of space to actually live it." (Mr. Money Mustache)

Tips on cooling your home that are actually practical for the average schmoe like you or me. (Washington Post)

Seven reasons (((SCIENCE!))) is in big trouble. (Vox)

There is a gigantic reproducibility crisis in science. (Nature)

There has never been a better time to be an autodidact. (Psychology Today)

A crash course in logical fallacies. See in particular "causal reductionism." (Farnam Street)

What everybody gets wrong about antidepressants. (Business Insider)

TV shows today seem to prefer alienating their viewers. (The Ringer)

The millennial generation is the least entrepreneurial generation ever. Why? (Atlantic)


Got an interesting article or recipe to share? Want some extra traffic at your blog? Send me an email!


How can I support Casual Kitchen?
Easy. Do all your shopping at Amazon.com via the links on this site! You can also link to me or subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, consider sharing this article, or any other article you particularly enjoyed here, to Facebook, Twitter (follow me @danielckoontz!) or to bookmarking sites like reddit, digg or stumbleupon. I'm deeply grateful to my readers for their ongoing support.

Does Blaming "Big Food" Sell More Books?

In the last hundred or so years, miraculously, the food and ag industry have nearly solved the problem of food scarcity, a gigantic problem that's bedeviled humanity for nearly our entire history.

And yet, weirdly, many food intellectuals today shake their fists at "Big Food" and blame it for making us all fat! Talk about having an appallingly short institutional memory.

As examples, see any of Marion Nestle's blog, see Michele Simon's fiery book Appetite for Profit, or see former FDA commissioner David Kessler's book The End of Overeating. All of these authors dump the bulk of the blame for obesity at the feet of the food industry.*

It's as if the very moment there's plenty of food, somehow it's no longer our responsibility to think about how much of it we should eat.

Another way to think about this is to consider it from the standpoint of book sales: what would the average reading consumer rather buy: a book that tells readers they are responsible for the food they put in their bodies… or a book that tells readers it was never their fault in the first place?

Which message do you think the typical reader would rather hear?

Readers do you find this ironic at all? Or do you agree with the agri-intellectual argument that the food industry makes us fat?


READ NEXT: How to Resist Irresistible Food

* Jayson Lusk's excellent and well-argued book The Food Police is one of the vanishingly few books out there taking the opposite side of this debate, as well as articulating the disturbing and illogical implications of many standard agri-intellectual arguments. See my interview with Dr. Lusk as well as his intellectually omnivorous food industry reading list.





How can I support Casual Kitchen?
Easy. Do all your shopping at Amazon.com via the links on this site! You can also link to me or subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, consider sharing this article, or any other article you particularly enjoyed here, to Facebook, Twitter (follow me @danielckoontz!) or to bookmarking sites like reddit, digg or stumbleupon. I'm deeply grateful to my readers for their ongoing support.

CK Links--Friday July 15, 2016

Links!

Don't forget: The easiest way to support Casual Kitchen is to buy your items at Amazon using the various links here. Just click over to Amazon, and EVERY purchase you make during that visit pays a modest affiliate commission to support my work here. Best of all, this comes at zero extra cost to you. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

PS: Follow me on Twitter!

*************************
Everybody knows pizza is bad for you. Uh, except this guy, who ate it for 222 days straight and emerged fitter. (Stuff)

Food is food, not a medicine or a toxin. (Conscienhealth, via No Gimmicks Nutrition)

Nobody seems to agree which foods are healthy and which aren't. (Reason)

Meat is horrible. These seven charts may (or may not!) convince you why. (Washington Post)

An interesting twist on calculating your net worth, with a bonus quick checklist to determine if you're actually happy. (Wall Street Playboys)

Eat the frog. (50 by 25)

"Mostly, we're bad at abandoning our habits and our view of ourselves." (Seth's Blog)


Got an interesting article or recipe to share? Want some extra traffic at your blog? Send me an email!


How can I support Casual Kitchen?
Easy. Do all your shopping at Amazon.com via the links on this site! You can also link to me or subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, consider sharing this article, or any other article you particularly enjoyed here, to Facebook, Twitter (follow me @danielckoontz!) or to bookmarking sites like reddit, digg or stumbleupon. I'm deeply grateful to my readers for their ongoing support.