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The role of BBQ in human development

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  • fracmeister
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    • Jul 2014
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    • Dances with lemmings

      (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

    The role of BBQ in human development

    https://www.americanscientist.org/ar...arliest-humans

    Turns out not only is BBQ responsible for our big brains but ALSO for our much smaller gut size than our primitive ancestors.

    (OK, I know some of you don't believe in evolution based on past comments. That is fine. I can also easily believe that BBQ was a gift from up above.)
  • texastweeter
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    • Jul 2017
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    #2
    Oh as in aliens?

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    • fracmeister
      fracmeister commented
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      I can not rule it out. In particular I think pork belly burnt ends are out of this world, so who knows?
  • ofelles
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    #3
    Either way I'm just happy to have it! Don't really matter one way or another to me. 😃👏

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    • Nate
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      #4
      Since texastweeter brought it up....




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      • texastweeter
        texastweeter commented
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        with a pompadour like that, he MUST be smart...right? Where is Action Bronson when you need him?
    • fracmeister
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        (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

      #5
      And if the evolutionary biologists' model was that BBQ (or specifically cooking meat but that was all done with live fire and woul include grilling) lead to smaller guts and larger brain sizes, how would we explain some of my best friends who BBQ and have precisely the reverse --- small brains and big guts? I am guessing beer counteracts their evolutionary model.

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      • HawkerXP
        HawkerXP commented
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        LoL!
    • Michael Brinton
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      • May 2016
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      #6
      Great article! Richard Wrangham's "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human" is a good read. The parts about raw vegan diets are hilarious.

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        #7
        Lol! Have had th small gut thing down fer decades, been workin nigh onto 60 years on th big brain!!!!

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        • mountainsmoker
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          #8
          LOL don't know about BBQ and a small gut, mine is pretty big.

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          • Max Good
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            #9
            Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham
            By Meathead Goldwyn
            In the book "Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human" (Basic Books, 2010), Richard Wrangham describes how cooking changes the chemistry of food and how that made it easier for proto humans to chew, digest, and extract energy and nutrients. It also includes insight for us who love to hang out at the grill. read more

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            • fracmeister
              fracmeister commented
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              The author is a vegetarian. Wrangham has an interesting argument on cooking tubers but the mainstream argument is that human ancestors, prior to the advent of cooking, turned to eating meats, which then caused the evolutionary shift to smaller guts and larger brains... cooking followed and accelerated the trends and enabled more effective digestion and utilization.
          • texastweeter
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            #10
            BBQ may have made us smarter, but hooch makes me a better dancer!

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