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Why nearly every sport except long-distance running is fundamentally absurd (Read 614 times)


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    All Men Can’t Jump

     

    ... There's no denying it—our kind started substituting brains for brawn long ago, and it shows: We can't begin to compete with animals when it comes to the raw ingredients of athletic prowess. Yet being the absurdly self-enthralled species we are, we crowd into arenas and stadiums to marvel at our pathetic physical abilities as if they were something special. But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running. ...

     

     

    Nothing really new here, but a fun read.


    Spring- wishful thinking

      All Men Can’t Jump

       

      ... There's no denying it—our kind started substituting brains for brawn long ago, and it shows: We can't begin to compete with animals when it comes to the raw ingredients of athletic prowess. Yet being the absurdly self-enthralled species we are, we crowd into arenas and stadiums to marvel at our pathetic physical abilities as if they were something special. But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running. ...

       

       

      Nothing really new here, but a fun read.

       

      "Even run-of-the-mill joggers typically do between 3.2 and 4.2 meters per second, which means they can outrun dogs at distances greater than two kilometers."

       

      Yes - but most predators do not rely on endurance to kill their prey.  Most do surprise and ambush.  Even when they do, it is usually at a much greater speed than we could sustain for a mile, so we are still just "absurd" here.

       

      "Intriguingly, existing hunter-gatherers still sometimes resort to persistence hunting in hot weather. That's because the nutritional payoffs can greatly exceed the energy costs of running down meat for us fleet-footed types. In fact, our ancestors' meat-rich diets probably contributed to the evolution of modern human traits, such as small guts, small teeth, and big brains.  Elaborating on this idea, Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging, has proposed that our kind evolved superior smarts partly because they helped us record and recall the complex details we encountered when running after food—"

       

      This is interesting.  I wonder what vegans have to argue about this (besides it being pure speculation of course).