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  1. Laurie on July 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I really enjoyed the talking segments in between that explains some biomechanics principles in further depth.
    I am doing the sessions both in a chair, and again in the saddle (avid equestrian here)-seatbones are a very important communication to the horse. Horses are so sensitive that even moving a seat bone a quarter inch can influence the horse’s movement.
    So being aware of the seat bones and how every part of your body affects every other can vastly improve your riding as well as anything else you do. Thank you Nick! Wish you were local but this is the next best thing.

  2. Jasraj on February 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Hi Nick,

    I think you might be wrong about hunter-gatherer life spans. (See: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2352-1)

    If we ignore infant mortality rates, I believe that the average lifespan of the ancient homo sapiens is not dissimilar from modern ones.

    • Nick Strauss-Klein on February 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

      This is fascinating, thank you for sharing! I’ll update future talks with this in mind.

  3. Jasraj on February 15, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Many of us have this stereotype that the quality of human life keeps improving. I think this is at least partially because of the ideal of progress that the West believes in. There was in fact a paper published sometime ago titled the original affluent society. It argued that hunter-gatherers lived much better lives than what anthropologists previously believed. In fact, it argues that they were able to obtain all their material needs by spending only a fraction of the resources required by farmers, and perhaps modern sapiens. James Suzman an anthropologist studying the San people also observed that their traditional lives were stress free, and there was plenty of time for leisure and rest. He even wrote a book which might be worth taking a looking called affluence without abundance. As a species, we spent about 9 times longer as a hunter-gatherer as a farmer. This may indicate that we were not made to take on the strain and stress of modern life.

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