Within the blogosphere there seems to be an intersection of interest between HBD, Game, and paleo eating (and even paleo conservatism). If you, too, have noticed it, you might wonder why.
This HBD, game, and paleo interested blogger investigates.
I suspect the intersection points share a common theme of red pill thinking. All revolve around reevaluating contemporary myths and received wisdom. All, to some degree, involve forbidden knowledge, or rejecting conventional wisdom while asking awkward questions.
Game chips away at the chivalrous idea of women as special and particularly virtuous creatures. It pulls back the veil on knowledge of what makes a man attractive to women; it reveals that it is not some indiscernible magic, nor are women indescribable ethereal other beings. HBD discusses thoughts and ideas that have been suppressed in recent times yet may explain vexing “achievement gaps.” Paleo eating tries to move beyond the promises of agriculture, business, and political interests and give us better health and increased vitality.
Curiosity is another force that holds these interests together: all three are attempts to understand how the world works. All three hold an appeal to those who like to puzzle systems and processes. Along with such curiosity comes a drive to explain or solve challenges unanswered by current conventional wisdom. Game helps men solve the eternal question of how to attract the ladies. HBD seeks to explain achievement gaps. Paleo eating offers a possible explanation for, and potential solution to, the rise of obesity and Type II diabetes.
All share some basis in a return to past wisdom. Game probably contains a lot of stuff your grandfather would have known. HBD involves the kind of ideas that polite society would have felt free to discuss years ago. Much of paleo advice sounds like your grandmothers cooking: meat and veg, natural foods, not too much sugar, and ingredients that do not contain a whole bunch of “ingredients.” Even paleo-conservatism seems like a retreat from the corporate, stage-managed, organization-driven form of conservatism towards something your grandfather might recognize.
Perhaps, despite our high-tech form of communicating, we are just old-fashioned guys at heart, yearning for the lost knowledge of our forbearers. It is not that we want to go back to “the good old days,” it is that we want to bring useful ideas to forward our present. Reclaiming parts of the past do not mean a return to it.
Regarding “old-fashioned guys”: Yeah, I know, some HBD and paleo discussants are women, but to me, it has always seemed more like a mixture of those old male pastimes of experimenting in their shed or arguing in smoke filled rooms.
Some paleo advice goes beyond your grandmother’s wisdom (I doubt grandma would fear dairy quite so much, and I am guess she never considered organic coconut oil). However, she would recognize the basic idea of simpler, local fare that does not come from a factory, and looks at least something like the original raw material.