I eat a fairly healthy diet – lots of berries and nuts and salads, almost no fried foods, and so on. But I’ve decided not to bother any more because it is clear that it doesn’t matter.
Here’s the thing. It’s obvious that the objective data about diet --- like good nutrition, vitamins and minerals, calories, and so on – are just something I was raised with as part of modern American society.
If I had been born in, say, the Arctic, I’d be promoting whale blubber as a healthy diet. If I’d been born in rural China, I’d be extolling the virtues of vegetables and rice as the way to go. If I’d been born in the United Kingdom, I’d be all about fish and chips.
It gets worse. If I’d been born in a movie theater, I’d be telling people that the best diet for them is popcorn and Raisenets (and gum unstuck from beneath your seats). If I’d been born in a football stadium, I’d be all for a diet of nachos and hot dogs. And if I’d been born in the back of a convenience store, I’d be telling people how good it was for them to consume donuts, potato chips, beer, and energy drinks.
And finally, consider this: The versions of me born in all these places would be mocking this current version of me who thinks that it is all about counting calories and checking nutrition labels. They’d all say that I was just a child of my culture, that I was raised to consider things like nutrition labels and calories, and that there’s no objective basis whatsoever to your selection of diet. It’s just a matter of where you were born and what circumstances you were raised in.
Stupid argument, isn’t it? Then why is the atheist version (eg, “If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you’d be a Muslim”) so popular?
Pretty clearly, because it’s a lot easier to whine about alleged biases than it is to actually argue for or against the objective truth of a religion.
I think I’ll stick with checking the nutrition labels.