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Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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About the Author
Richard Manning is an award-winning journalist. He is the author of eight books, including One Round River. His work has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010, Harper's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
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Be aware that Go Wild does not take you on a fascinating tour of wild cultures. The authors did not live with wild people, or interview any. The book will not thoroughly erase your cultural programming and make you wild and free, nor will it transform you into a wild hunter-gatherer, shaman, sorcerer, or medicine woman.
The book’s subtitle is “Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” But most of the major afflictions of civilization are not targeted — automobiles, television, cell phones, computers, education, wage slavery, materialism, submitting to masters. Despite this omission, the book does provide interesting discussions about a variety of lesser-known afflictions.
Go Wild is a self-help book that offers many suggestions for eating better and living better. Sugar is poison. Shun grains, including whole grains, and avoid all other foods rich in carbohydrates — bananas, honey, potatoes, organic fruit juice, and so on. It’s far healthier to get your calories from fats. Run regularly, outdoors, not on a treadmill. Sleep 8.5 hours every night. Avoid artificial light. Forge tribe-like bonds with your marathon-running buddies. Practice meditation to revive your mindfulness, contentment, and joy.Read more ›
CONS: This book was very autobiographical and focused heavily on the two authors' experiences. I had hoped for a lot of interesting practical advice, but most of the advice that was given was pretty basic: "Get more sleep." "Don't sleep with dogs barking; use soothing sounds instead." "Eat little to no grain." "Spend time in nature." "Spend time with people." The worst thing about the book was that it had no endnotes, footnotes, or bibliography, so every time I came across a study they discussed, I had no way to check up on what the original study was or what it said. Often, they would make scientific claims that I remembered reading debunks of, so that was especially frustrating. I couldn't tell if they were using the old studies I had seen debunked, or some kind of newer version I had not heard of and that was better run than the original. The book is very pro-running, which seemed more an artifact of the authors' personal preference than actual data. If you like running, that's great, but you need a lot more evidence before you can claim that all hunters run long-distance or that evolutionary adaptations since humankind's spreading from Africa haven't changed things. (Incidentally, their argument for why running long distances must be the best exercise is based on the idea that many hunters in African hunter-gatherer groups run down antelopes. Sorry, but were the women in these hunter-gatherer groups hunters, too? If they weren't hunting, why would they be running such long distances so frequently?Read more ›
The hunter/gatherer (or "wild" part of the premise) vs agricultural society is interesting as a hook, but I would have liked a comparison in how more recent societies (say pre-WWII), even here in the US, used the principles in this book for better body and mind:
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full night's sleep
Some of what Dr. Ratey and Mr. Manning said makes sense, but outdoor running isn't for everyone--nor how millions of people used to get their exercise--and dropping all carbs really depends on more than being someone who lives in the US.
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