Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism.

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Michael Pollan My guilty food pleasure, the thing I reach for if I'm in a gas station and need a pick-me up (I know, you should never buy food from the same place…moreMy guilty food pleasure, the thing I reach for if I'm in a gas station and need a pick-me up (I know, you should never buy food from the same place you buy gas) is Cracker Jacks. Now, you can call it junk food, but you can also call it a traditional native American treat, since the original idea, developed by Indians who would pop corn and then dip the popcorn in maple syrup. Not sure where the nuts came from, or the prizes, which have gotten really lame since I was a kid. (less)
Michael Pollan I do often ask servers or, if I get the chance, chefs, where they're sourcing their food, especially the meat. I do it for two reasons: because I…moreI do often ask servers or, if I get the chance, chefs, where they're sourcing their food, especially the meat. I do it for two reasons: because I won't order meat from factory farms, and because I'm convinced that the more they get those questions, the more likely they are to spend more of food that has a defensible story behind it. If more of us did this, the meat would get better, fast. This is part of what is meant by "voting with your fork." It's true, it can get a little Portlandia, I admit it, but I'm willing to be annoying to move the needle.(less)
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Learning about Human Learning Algorithms

A learning algorithm is a powerful concept. It may be the defining concept.


I am a learning algorithm. I am human. I am a human learning algorithm.


How do I learn? Why do I learn? What are the limits to my learning?


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“You are what what you eat eats.”
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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
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