What Influences You – The Masculinist

But the concept that lies at the root of all of Girard’s theories is the idea of mimesis. Mimesis is the idea that humans copy each other and that it is at the core of being human. Humans “Mime” each other. When I first heard this, I was unimpressed. Everyone knows our capacity for rationality is at the heart of being human. But upon letting that idea marinate, I realized that mimesis is essential. Mimesis is the core of education and the passing of knowledge. What good is being rational and discovery if you can’t pass it on and teach it? The ability to teach and build upon logical findings is a defining human characteristic. Rationality without mimesis is not that impressive.

Mimesis is so ingrained in humanity that we often don’t realize we are copying people. But instinctually, we seem to know that it’s essential. The concept of having Role Models or heroes speaks to this truth. And the phrase my mom used to yell at me when I was younger, “Be a good example for your sister,” also speaks to this innate subconscious human tendency to imitate each other. 

I won’t go into the whole history of Rene Girard or his entire theory on scapegoating, which builds on mimesis. That’s a topic for another post. I’ll recommend his book, “I See Satan Fall Like Lightning,” for a good introduction to Mimetic theory and Rene Girard. 

There are practical implications to this understanding that humans have a mimetic desire. We will subconsciously copy the people we are around, or in the modern world, we will imitate the media we consume. Therefore we must surround ourselves with good people and good ideas. We live in a world that is antithetical to most Christian beliefs. Every day anti-Christian views bombard us. Humans have…

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Upcoming Live Video: How to Be An Explorer

Management is about the known. Exploration is about the unknown. Dwight Gibson has studied the techniques of the explorers from the great age of exploration. He will discuss how people and organizations can make use of those oft-forgotten methods to help navigate today’s uncertain and unprecedented world.

Be sure to check out the live stream with Dwight Gibson on May 27th at 2:00 pm Eastern time.

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Final Thoughts On Divorce – The Masculinist

This post is the third and final post in a series and is taken from excerpts from Masculinist Newsletter #40. Here are Part One and Part Two.

Lean into your support network, recognizing that they will struggle to help you and may well fail you.  If you are going through a personal trauma like divorce, you need to have personal relationships to sustain you through that. Sadly, many men don’t have many other male friends, and divorce itself may end up cutting you off from what you thought was your support network. Many married men, for example, are friends primarily with other married couples, and that because the wives are friends with his wife. It can end up that the divorcing wife keeps the friends and the husband gets frozen out or ends up more distant from his previous network.

Churches tend to be unrelentingly pro-wife in their public teachings, but in my admittedly limited observations, pastors tend to be more evenhanded in private counseling situations. Nevertheless, you may find yourself explicitly or more likely implicitly expelled from your church. The other women of the church may well side with your ex-wife, which can render your position untenable.

In either case, I don’t think there’s much to be gained to try saving these relationships once they evaporate or go south, except for other men who were your personal friends prior to meeting and marrying your wife. In my view, they are just part of the losses you take when divorce happens. Best to accept it and move on. You can always try to rebuild these relationships later when the fallout of the divorce has died down.

You do need to press into what relationships with other men you do have. (I’d avoid relationships with…

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Easy Keto Grilling Recipes [grill pan or outdoor grill]

These super easy Keto Grilling Recipes can be made in a cast-iron grill pan or on your standard gas, wood-fired, or charcoal grill!

Most of the recipes here on Cast Iron Keto are grill or campfire friendly, that’s just the nature of cooking with cast-iron. However, the recipes below are truly grilling recipes and can be made with a grill-pan either indoors or directly on a grill or just straight up on the grill. Don’t you just love versatility?

Need a good cast-iron grill pan? We love this budget-conscious option from Lodge, this slightly more expensive but gorgeous middle-of-the-road option from Le Creuset, and this heirloom-worthy splurge option from FINEX.

Grilled Shrimp Salsa Stuffed Avocados on a blue background


These Grilled Shrimp Salsa Stuffed Avocados are a perfect summertime meal! Part cucumber Pico de Gallo, part shrimp salad, part grilled avocado you’re going to LOVE this low-carb recipe! [CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE]

sliced tri-tip steak on a platter drizzled with creamy avocado chimichurri


Juicy steak + the most delicious herb-packed sauce makes this recipe a grill lover’s dream. [CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE]

Keto Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms in skillet


These Keto Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms are bursting with bright flavors from an antipasto feta filling. These are a great low-carb appetizer! [CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE]

Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta in a bowl with a wooden spoon, there is a tomato in the background


This Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta is a great versatile recipe that’s gluten-free, Keto, low-carb, and packed with summer flavor. [CLICK…

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What type of obesity are you? [rhetorical]

Trigger warning: there is a lot of talk about obesity pharmacotherapy below. I know, some people don’t like this. New paper, pretty interesting, couldn’t resist…

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In the past I’ve said there are many pathways to obesity & diabetes; not one common cause, and this would result in many different phenotypes and quite possibly different effective treatment modalities. 

For example, some people get impaired fasting glucose but normal glucose tolerance; others maintain normal fasting glucose but impaired glucose tolerance. 

Some people a large part of their annual weight gain (about half) in a short period around the holidays and either just not lose it the rest of the year or gain at a much slower rate.

Stress, injury, sleep,,, many factors.

There’s something called “restrained eating.” It’s where some people can have a cookie and be fine while others will have a cookie and think they’ve blown their diet for the day and follow it with an entire package of cookies. I got blowback for pointing out that this accounted for about 20% of people with obesity. I know some low carbers who think that number is closer to 100%, but it’s not. Maybe 30%. Not 30% of all people, but 30% of people with obesity.

Now this:

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Working Women and the GOP

The GOP here thinks it’s clever. Last week the Biden administration got less than stellar economic news, and the GOP is trying to pile on. However, they’ve managed to self-own themselves. They’ve worked themselves into the position of wanting to separate children from their mothers. Getting mothers back to work, because the “economy” is more important than the family.

The GOP is denigrating motherhood and putting children in poorly run government schools to own the libs. An anti-family movement is growing in the GOP; we’ve posted about that before.

I have a traditional Christian perspective. Because of that, I am admittedly more sympathetic to the Republican party. In the recent past, the GOP used to show lip service to the idea of “family values” or caring about families. But boy, is it hard to support the GOP when it puts out tweets like this. 

Neither major party supports families or wants to see families flourish. The GOP, which we thought would stand for these issues, has a strong current within it that’s more interested in owning libs than actually seeing this country succeed. 

Keep that in mind when supporting politicians or going to the voting booth.

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Eine klein Muscle Biology | The poor, misunderstood calorie

Skeletal muscle fibres can be divided into about a million cell types based on a variety of characteristics, but for the purpose of simplicity, I’m just gonna talk about type 1 & type 2 fibres…

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And a fascinating story about the implications of forcing the utilization of one fuel over another.

In brief, type 1 muscle fibres are slow twitch and reddish in color. Type 2’s are fast twitch and whiter. The speed and color have something in common.

And how #kaatsu bands may be an interesting avenue in this context.

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Keto Chicken Piccata [one-pan recipe]

Keto Chicken Piccata

This Keto Chicken Piccata recipe has crunchy chicken and the most delicious lemon caper sauce. All topped off with a generous amount of shaved parmesan. It’s the perfect low-carb one-pan dinner!

Keto Chicken Piccata in a cast-iron skillet

Keto Chicken Piccata = heaven in a skillet. Seriously, it’s SO good and so comforting. This classic dish is super easy to make and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes. It will quickly become a family favorite.

History of Chicken Piccata

Piccata is a word that describes a preparation method. In this case, meat pounded flat then sauteed in a sauce of butter, lemon, and parsley. Traditionally, Italian Piccata uses veal whereas the Americanized versions most often use chicken. There’s a debate as to where the dish originated but it’s obviously Italian with a strong Italian immigrant influence.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this Keto Chicken Piccata recipe

For the breading & chicken:

  • whey protein isolate = the crunchiest chicken EVER! We realized that whey protein made the best breading that’s low-carb and gluten-free when we were writing our cookbook.
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper – we love this black pepper from Diaspora Co. It’s fruity and bold and oh so perfect. Plus, what’s better than supporting organic farmers directly with a living wage and healthcare?
  • Italian seasoning
  • chicken cutlets – or chicken breasts pounded out into 1/2″ thickness

For frying and the sauce: 

  • olive oil – our go-to is Braggs but we also have loved Brightland and Oracle lately.
  • unsalted butter – unsalted, always, so that you can control the amount of salt in the dish
  • yellow onion
  • garlic – fresh, never packaged + pre-minced
  • dry white wine – a…

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Podcast #691: What You Can (Really) Learn About Exercise from Your Human Ancestors

We all know how indisputably good exercise is for you. Yet a lot of folks still find it a struggle to engage in much physical activity. To understand the reason that this conflict and tension exists and how to overcome it, it helps to understand the lives of our human ancestors. Though, not the way the popular culture understands them, but the way someone who’s actually studied them understands them.

My guest is such an expert guide. His name is Daniel Lieberman, and he’s a Harvard professor of human evolutionary biology and the author of Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. Today on the show, Daniel shares what we can really learn from our ancestors as to our modern relationship with exercise, while debunking some of the popular myths about our hunter-gatherer history. We begin by talking about how very recent, and actually quite weird, the whole concept of exercise is. We then discuss the fact that our ancestors were not the natural super athletes we typically imagine, what their state of physicality was really like, and how understanding their lifestyle can help us understand the competing interests going on in our own minds and bodies that can leave us feeling ambivalent about getting up and moving around. We then discuss if, as it’s been said, “sitting is the new smoking,” and the less and more healthy ways to sit. Daniel unpacks whether we’re evolved for running, how our ancestors’ strength compares to our own, and whether or not exercise helps us lose weight. We end our conversation with how this background on the past can help us in the present, by showing us the two factors that are critical in helping us moderns make exercise a habit.

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