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Skinny cannibals.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:52 pm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017 ... y-science/

A study shows that cannibalism is not a good way to get your calories. The human body is a lean source of nutrition. So if you are on a diet to lose weight, go for it.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:04 pm

I'd prefer some fatty cannabis.
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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Matthew Ellard » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:39 pm

I agree with the article's premise that most historic cannibalism was ritual. You ate your enemy to gain their skills or as some sort of method of showing respect. Pragmatically, it is also hard to kill and eat a human when other protein sources are more abundant.

Also, cannibalism simply became a popular media genre, that never really existed. sort of like quicksand and the elephant's graveyard. :D
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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:49 pm

Actually, Matthew, I am not quite sure if you are serious about the media thing.

Lots of people cling to the political correctness of the idea that indigenous peoples were not cannibals, but they are incorrect. There is heaps of proper scientific evidence to show that cannibalism was widespread among technologically primitive societies. I am not personally convinced that it was purely ritual. If a tribal warrior kills an enemy, then why should you believe that his subsequent action in converting the enemy to roast long pig is done purely as some kind of ritual? I am more inclined to believe that the cannibal feast would be (from their view point) a gourmet pleasure.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:56 pm

Heinlein pointed out that if you were of absolutely pure blood for your lineage it merely told you which cannibals you were descended from.
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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:10 am

Sometimes even Heinlein gets it right.

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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Matthew Ellard » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:31 am

Lance Kennedy wrote:Actually, Matthew, I am not quite sure if you are serious about the media thing.
I was saying that cannibalism in media as a popular genre contributes to the false belief that cannibalism is about eating.

I am very aware that cannibalism exists, as you would, from Papua New Guinea. In fact it was a cause of some really unique diseases, similar to mad cow disease, such as Kuru.

Lance Kennedy wrote: I am not personally convinced that it was purely ritual. If a tribal warrior kills an enemy, then why should you believe that his subsequent action in converting the enemy to roast long pig is done purely as some kind of ritual? I am more inclined to believe that the cannibal feast would be (from their view point) a gourmet pleasure.
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Postby Lance Kennedy » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:03 am

Interesting that human brains are so in demand by cannibals.( After all, it was incompletely cooked human brains that carried kuru.) Human brains are the fattiest part of the human body. Hence the term, 'fathead!' But if human flesh is generally low in calories, that would make the brains even more in demand. Perhaps that is where Hollywood gets its zombie ideas from.

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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Matthew Ellard » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:09 am

Dad, a psychiatrist, had a cannibal joke

A cannibal goes to the local butcher-shop to buy some fresh brains. The brains of scientists are $50 a kilo. The brains of mathematicians are $45 a kilo. The brains of psychiatrists are only 10 cents a kilo. The cannibal asks the butcher :"Why are the psychiatrist brains so cheap?" The butcher replies : "Well, that's because they are almost impossible to clean"
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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby TJrandom » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:42 am

But in desperate times, most people would be cannibals…

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Re: Skinny cannibals.

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:56 am

TJrandom wrote:But in desperate times, most people would be cannibals…

Donner about that...
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