Day 57: What I learned at Bulletproof

 

Back in San Francisco now after 3 full days at the 2016 Bulletproof conference. If you don't know what the "Bulletproof" movement is, well, it's this. And they have a conference every year which draws in thousands of the faithful to try the latest in biohacking and butter coffee.

My impressions:

Butter coffee is good, but after 3 days of it I was totally over it. Not my thing.

The balance of real science and bullshit was roughly 10/90. There were some blatantly absurd health claims made every 10 minutes, many things keynote speakers said were just plain wrong. There were some legit scientists doing their best not to offend the gullible crowds, but they were few and far between.

Biohacking and pseudoscientific health efforts have replaced religion for a lot of people. Many attendees struck me as having the same approach to Bulletproof that they used to religion; craving a simple, binary answer to the struggles of life. If you supply that answer you tend to make a lot of money.

The crowd in LA has limited scientific acumen. In San Francisco I doubt many of the vendors would have stood up to the pointed questions that an engineer or developer would have asked.

People worry about the wrong things. There were obese attendees who were convinced electromagnetic radiation was the source of all their problems, not the 150 pounds they were carrying.

People love working on things that bring marginal benefits, but neglect simple things that bring amazing benefits.

There are also so many nice, kind, open hearted people. Bulletproof may be a gullible group, but they sure do have their hearts in the right place. What they do with their money is there business, I just hate to see good people put their time and energy into ineffective and unproven training methods.

And above all, the conference inspired me to keep the Kenzai light shining bright as a beacon of sanity in the health world!

Published on by Patrick Reynolds.