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WHAT MY CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY DEGREE TAUGHT ME | HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW



here are a couple of videos which i strongly urge you to watch:

also please check out the documentaries i mentioned as they are so educational and will honestly change the way you see the world for the better.

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  • Emily, good video, thanks for making it. Fellow vegan here (and oxbridge). It just so happens that my daughter is up for her Cambridge interview (Girton) tomorrow! If Cambridge opens her eyes, in the same manner that it has opened your's, then I will be very happy.

  • Hi lemonem. You are so lovely and I really enjoy watching your videos. I will apply to cambridge next next year for Geography. Do you have an email? I really want to put you some questions about the course if it is possible. Have a good day. :)

  • I agree with questioning everything. But you also need be critical. You need to know what bad research is and what good research is, outside of what you are taught. Essentially you need to be able to discriminate science from non-science.

    At about 13:0014:00 you concluded that a high carb diet is good for you from the evidence that high animal protein diets are bad. Do you see the issues with this?

    In terms of Harvard as renowned, the organisation itself doesn't matter too much when judging research and so the university shouldn't really be mentioned when talking about research. The first thing you should look at is the raw data – are the error bars large? Does the correlation look bad or good? Then look at the method – was the study performed well or bad? Even people who say they have read these papers will mainly focus on the conclusions and ignore the actually important parts (the raw data and methods).

    Anyway, another point I would make, is a lot of the research into nutrition seems a bit dodgy, a bit here and there, a bit wishy washy. When looking at any research like this, I would say to lean towards the research where the mechanisms are explained. For example, do you know what a carbohydrate is? Do you know what it is made from? – Glucose (sugar). Do you know what effect glucose has on the body? Do you know what too much glucose can lead to and why it can lead to this? The key questions I guess are why and what! To understand the mechanism from the most bottom up method that you can , in its full true entirety, is what's important when making decisions.

    Anyway, still a good video and I'm not saying you don't know about nutrition. I am saying your conclusion at 13:00 is not logical and it seems your idea about research and science is more 'off the shelf' than really optimal. Anyway, i'd be interested in reading the Harvard paper if you could link it?

    I'm sorry if my spelling is bad. I score high on dyslexia tests. But the message is still conveyed.

  • Humans are Omnivores. Get over it! An animal or person that eats a variety of food, of both plant and animal origin, with neither carnivore nor herbivore specialisations for acquiring or processing those food groups. That said, in our decadent and wasteful society you can choose to become a vegetarian or vegan. Which is fine, so long as you understand the implications that follow, from pursuing a lifestyle based entirely upon either of these specialised diets. So instead of grazing vast herds of wildebeest, zebras, or your common cow. You would then have to dedicate equally vast areas of land to grow crops of many varieties to compensate for the loss of all those proteins, vitamins and minerals that you cannot get in a plant-based diet. Unfortunately, you wouldn't have enough wildebeest to manure all those crops. Glaxo Smith Kline et cetera would continue to produce massive quantities of supplements because she can't get them in that type of diet.

  • Enjoying your videos so far 🙂 I'm not a vegan but have enjoyed getting to know more about it. I have done a little of my own reading up on the damaging effects of our agriculture businesses, particularly soya production and the meat industry and I also believe that the mass production of meat products as it is, is very damaging to both the environment and human health. I do feel however, that there are ways to consume meat (for those that want to) that do not fall into this category. My mother grew up on a small farm like her parents before her, and lived in very rural, alpine areas where there are no supermarkets and not even any street lights. Therefore, their diet was very simple, seasonal and based around what was available at the time. She ate a lot of basic vegetable soups, or pickled vegetables when fresh ones were scarce, and would also eat meat about once a week which would be mainly wild rabbit that they caught themselves, or chicken. Necessity caused them to live in such a way that they had to have respect for what they ate. This is because there was no limitless supply of fresh or processed food in that time and place, they couldn't just go to tesco and buy fruit and veg that is grown in tropical countries or hot climates and meat from any shop was extremely expensive compared to today, but a necessary source of energy and iron in a world where humus didn't exist. Therefore they took the time and effort to grow or hunt their food themselves, and really understood its value and appreciated everything they had. The animals they did eat had proper lives, either in the wild or well cared for on the rural farm, which is starkly contrasted to the image of the huge beef farms of South America or the majority of large pig farming industries in the uk. For me, I fully understand and appreciate the vegan lifestyle but I do also think you can include meat in your diet in a way that is thoughtful and respectful. It's not simply what you eat, but also how you eat it. We can look back on the eras of communism or of post-war rationing as times of hardship and struggle, but now we have swung to the other end of the pendulum trajectory where developed countries have such limitless and convenient supplies of food (every single type of fruit and vegetable available all year round, often flown in from foreign countries and hence also polluting the earth) that we have lost all respect for what we consume, and what's more, it's so far removed from the origin or processes that brought it to the shelves of supermarkets that we grow up not understanding where our food comes from and all the steps of the supply chain along the way. I strongly believe that the artificiality of food availability is, and will continue to be, damaging to the population unless some big changes occur. Here I will reference your point about the kind of society capitalism breeds: an inherently selfish one, but I do believe that capitalism can work if consumers are prepared to drive change. As big corporations rule the world through profit and growth, they are forced to react to the trends and habits of their consumers, as that is where their money comes from. Us. We need to tell these corporations what is and isn't acceptable, and champion the power of the individual.

  • Please make more videos like this! It's so refreshing to hear someone else my age who actually bothers to educate themselves via their own (more accurate research) rather than just believing mainstream education system.

  • Wow you honestly have just put my thoughts into words. Must be relieving to be able to just sit and say this outright as most of the time when you attempt to say anything remotely along these lines to somebody's face they shoot you down and don't want to hear it, at least in my experiences anyway, brainwashed and frustrating haha! The whole TNC funding area is something I read around a lot! Thanks for reminding people you can look outside the box you're put in, change the world slowly but surely ????

  • Why would companies fund research saying carbs are bad? You contradicted yourself there… The biggest companies sell high carb food. Crisps, cakes, sweets, chips, most junk food. You always hear about carbs being bad, why would they say this if it would decrease sales?

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