In 1985 a group under the leadership of S. Boyd Eaton began systematically exploring the implications of hunter-gatherer diet and lifestyle for modern human health. A paper titled “Paleolithic Nutrition,” published (surprisingly to us) in The New England Journal of Medicine, set the tone. While much new evidence has confirmed our initial claims, notably in the realm of controlled clinical trials, we also have to deal with important challenges. Perhaps most importantly, the revolution in genomics has shown decisively that much more genetic change has occurred since the hunting-gathering era than was suspected when we began our work, a potential challenge to the core of the mismatch hypothesis. Konner will lecture on both the confirmations of and the challenges to our original conceptions; then he and Eaton will have a public conversation about them, followed by audience discussion. We hope that open consideration of new ideas and new data will allow us to fairly assess the ongoing value of our model in the face of scientific challenges and popular distortions.
Hall: Capitol Ballroom North