KineSophy Year One in Review

          With 2013 and the first year of my KineSophy project drawing to a close, I decided to use this month’s essay to summarize the ground I’ve covered in the past eleven months, in the hopes of giving these pieces some appearance of cohesion. Working under … Read more

Lavkarbo Høyfett! (Low-carb high-fat!)

The Swedish government recently became the first nation to recommend a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to its citizens (http://blog.wellnessfx.com/2013/11/07/sweden-goes-low-carb-high-fat/). The United States government maintains its recommendation of what is essentially a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet (http://www.choosemyplate.govdietary-guidelines.html). How is it possible for the governments of two intelligent, developed nations to give two contrary … Read more

Toward a Universal Ethic of Human Movement (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this essay, I argued that, like many other ethical precepts, the ethical precepts of human movement are scalable. They vary with respect to age, disability and circumstance. Since age is a universal phenomenon of human existence, I endeavored to scale my first two precepts of human … Read more

Athlete Endorsements in Food Marketing

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/10/02/peds.2013-0093.full.pdf+html From the article:“Professional athletes are in a unique position to use their highly visible status to promote healthy messages to youth, and their role as athletes may lead the public to perceive them as credible sources of knowledge on a healthy lifestyle.” (p. 2) “One study also revealed that … Read more

Toward a Universal Ethic of Human Movement (Part 1)

             As I stated previously, ethics consists of the set of precepts concerned with what an individual human being should do. Yet ethical theory is scalable; different ethical standards exist for different individuals based on variations in age, circumstance, and mental and physical capabilities. One may … Read more

The Long-Eared Drifter

If you haven’t seen this recent Looney Tunes clip, it’s certainly worth a look: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/looneytunesshow/video/long-eared-drifter-extra.html. Bugs Bunny convinces Daffy Duck to eat healthy by controlling his portions, cutting out bad carbs and fat, and eating lots of fruits and veggies. Some thoughts as I watch this:1. Will Bugs and Daffy suffer … Read more

The Ethics of Human Movement (Part 2)

“It was on the playing fields that I learned my only lessons in ethics.” – Albert Camus1             I argued in Part 1 of this piece that, as creatures with physical bodies in addition to reasoning minds, human beings must be capable of physical action. For any action composed of … Read more

The Ethics of Human Movement (Part 1)

“There is no reality except in action.” – Jean-Paul Sartre1 Loosely defined, ethics consists of the set of precepts governing what an individual person should do.2 People typically conceive of ethics as externally directed; for example, how an individual should treat others (equally, justly, compassionately, etc.), or how an individual … Read more