- It's good to eat snacks if it keeps you from overeating later
- It's good to be accustomed to feeling a little hungry if you want to lose weight
- Fasting has some benefits, though we don't really understand why
Stress makes us stronger. Chaos can actually be good. Some call this post-traumatic benefit.
We need variability, in everything: temperature, exercise, diet, business markets, etc.
The reason we became the most advanced species is variability. We adapted.
The reason New York has great restaurants is that the bad restaurants were allowed to go out of business (not bailed out). Variability creates adaptation, which creates a stronger living system.
Democracies do better in many ways than Authoritarian Regimes.
Living systems exist along a continuum, fragile (harmed by variability), robust (resistant to variability), and antifragile (gain from variability). We should aim to become anti-fragile.
The brilliant Dr. Nassim Talib has proven this mathematically, but doesn't want us to get weighted down in the "why". According to him, it's a waste of time. Just work on being antifragile- low personal debt, caloric restriction, walking, weight training, and by using "rules of thumb" or age-old wisdom in many cases.
Here is Nassim Taleb, talking about AntiFragile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NXaafTpVjM
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