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Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins, in full Clinton Richard Dawkins, (born March 26, 1941, Nairobi, Kenya), British evolutionary biologist, ethologist, and popular-science writer who emphasized the gene as the driving force of evolution and generated significant controversy with his enthusiastic advocacy of atheism.

Dawkins spent his early childhood in Kenya, where his father was stationed during World War II. The family returned to England in 1949. In 1959 Dawkins entered Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1962. He remained at Oxford, earning his master’s and doctorate degrees in zoology in 1966 under famed ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen. Dawkins assisted Tinbergen before becoming an assistant professor of zoology (1967–69) at the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Oxford to lecture in zoology in 1970.

In 1976 he published his first book, The Selfish Gene, in which he tried to rectify what he maintained was a widespread misunderstanding of Darwinism. Dawkins argued that natural selection takes place at the genetic rather than the species or individual level, as was often assumed. Genes, he maintained, use the bodies of living things to further their own survival. He also introduced the concept of “memes,” the cultural equivalent of genes. Ideas and concepts, from fashion to music, take on a life of their own within society and, by propagating and mutating from mind to mind, affect the progress of human evolution. Dawkins named the concept after the Greek word mimeme, meaning “to imitate.” It later spawned an entire field of study called memetics. The book was notable not just because of what it espoused but also because of its approachable style, which made it accessible to a popular audience.

More books followed, including The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), which won the Royal Society of Literature Award in 1987, and River Out of Eden (1995). Dawkins particularly sought to address a growing misapprehension of what exactly Darwinian natural selection entailed in Climbing Mount Improbable (1996). Stressing the gradual nature of response to selective pressures, Dawkins took care to point out that intricate structures such as the eye do not manifest randomly but instead successively increase in sophistication. He also released The Evolution of Life (1996), an interactive CD-ROM with which users could create “biomorphs,” computer-simulated examples of evolution first introduced in The Blind Watchmaker.

Dawkins was named the first Charles Simonyi professor of public understanding of science at Oxford (1995–2008). In that capacity he continued to publish prolifically and produced an array of television programs. His 1996 documentary Break the Science Barrier featured Dawkins conversing with an array of prominent scientists about their discoveries. In the volume Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), Dawkins contended that evolutionary theory is aesthetically superior to supernatural explanations of the world. The Ancestor’s Tale (2004), structured after Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, traced the human branch of the phylogenetic tree back to points where it converges with the evolution of other species. Further publications include The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009), a tribute to, and vehement defense of, the theory of evolution by natural selection, and The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True (2011), a book for young readers that juxtaposed the scientific understandings of various phenomena with mythologies that purported to explain them. He also edited The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008).

Though much of Dawkins’s oeuvre generated debate for asserting the supremacy of science over religion in explaining the world, nothing matched the response to the polemical The God Delusion (2006). The book relentlessly points out the logical fallacies in religious belief and ultimately concludes that the laws of probability preclude the existence of an omnipotent creator. Dawkins used the book as a platform to launch the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (2006), an organization that, in dual American and British incarnations, sought to foster the acceptance of atheism and championed scientific answers to existential questions. Along with fellow atheists Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel C. Dennett, he embarked on a campaign of lectures and public debates proselytizing and defending a secular worldview. Dawkins launched the Out Campaign in 2007 in order to urge atheists to publicly declare their beliefs.

In addition to promoting his organization through its Web site and YouTube channel, Dawkins produced several more television documentaries, variously declaiming the problems created by religion and superstition in Root of All Evil? (2006) and The Enemies of Reason (2007) and celebrating the achievements of Darwin in The Genius of Charles Darwin (2008). Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life (2012) explores the implications of living without religious faith. In the memoir An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist (2013), Dawkins chronicled his life up to the publication of The Selfish Gene. A second volume of memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science (2015), recorded episodes from the latter part of his career.

Dawkins was named a fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.

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Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has spoken in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the statement that each of us has the potential for greatness and
unlimited abilities. In his simple, inspiring, and compassionate style, he has taught thousands of people, detailing how they can rebuild their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. 

Besides offering a variety of online courses and teleclasses, he has personally taught three- day Progressive Workshops, five-day Advanced Workshops, and seven-day Week Long Advanced Retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Beginning in 2018, his workshops became week- long offerings, and the content of the progressive workshops became available online.
Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.  

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion lies at the crossing of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He exploits that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has worked with other scientists to conduct extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research
also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor. 

As a corporate consultant, Dr. Joe gives on-site lectures and workshops for businesses and corporations interested in using neuroscientific principles to enhance employees’ creativity, innovation, productivity, and more. His corporate program also includes private coaching for upper management. Dr. Joe has personally trained and certified a group of more than 70
corporate trainers who teach his model of transformation to companies around the world.

He also recently started certifying independent coaches to use his model of change with their own clients.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which is about a study done at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind
Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your
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Dr. Joe received a B.S. from Evergreen State College and his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University, where he graduated with honors. His postgraduate training covered neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation,
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Betty Rocker

I am a C.H.E.K. (Corrective Exercise and High-performance Kinesiology) certified Exercise Coach, a Nationally Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (realignment of the body through manual therapy), an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified fitness nutrition practitioner, and an all around fitness motivator and champion of personal growth.

I am the founder of Rock Your Life, an online fitness studio with live streaming home workout classes, 30 day Challenges, healthy recipes, and an empowering women's fitness community. I’ve written multiple cookbooks, and nutrition and fitness plans that have been successfully used by thousands of people. You can browse my programs right here.

I work with people all over the world, helping them transform from the inside out!

I created The Betty Rocker to empower you to live your life as the best version of YOU – to help you develop more confidence, deepen your inner strength, and make choices that not only make you proud
of yourself but that you want to model to others.

I’m here to share the knowledge I have to help you make the best choices for yourself, so you can achieve the result you’re looking for while enjoying yourself along the way.

My passion for fitness and health developed after treating my body very badly for many years and choosing to educate myself and do the work to develop good practices based on science, my own intuition and a deep love and compassion for other people who were struggling as well.

That compassion comes from the compassion I had to grow in myself to own my own fears and overcome the inner resistance and negative self talk I struggled with for years. One of my daily affirmations is “I am compassionate with myself and others” because I believe that to be in integrity I must practice on myself the things I talk about and tell others.

Growing up, I had a LOT of questions about what it meant to be healthy.

I used to think it was the size of my clothes, or my weight on the scale.

But the more I focused on those things, the more problems I had!
My weight fluctuated a lot – and despite my very consistent, active lifestyle and eating what I thought was a healthy diet, I couldn’t figure out why the flab wouldn’t come off my belly, and why sometimes I’d be up as much as 20-30 pounds.

I developed some pretty bad alcohol, drug and food addictions that probably came in large part from the lack of control I felt over my body, and my deep insecurities about how I measured up in a world
that seemed to judge me for being either “smart enough” or “pretty enough” – but I didn’t give up.

I studied, I learned, and I conquered – and I’m here to share the ride and help you do the same thing!

This site can be one of the tools in your tool kit for strategies for the fit lifestyle, healthy and delicious recipes, workouts you can do anywhere, and support as you make lasting changes to your attitude, your body, and your life!

WHAT’S BEHIND THE NAME “BETTY ROCKER?”

Someone asked me recently why I named my company “Betty Rocker” and why I use that name.

Growing up I got called “Punk Rock Betty Crocker” a lot, but I actually chose “Betty Rocker” for a different reason.

A lot of people who follow me have the impression I’m like this “rock” of a person, lol that’s my name, right Betty “Rock”er – and a lot of the reason I chose this name for my brand is because I do want to be like a rock for the people I take care of and model to – but it’s also because “Betty” to me was always like the universal word for a cool girl, like “she’s a Betty” – and Rocker wasn’t for Rock n’ Roll, it was for being able to ROCK at life.

I wasn’t always very sure of myself, and I wanted to be. I wanted to learn more and be more confident and make the best choices I could.
Choosing “Betty Rocker” felt a lot like choosing a name ANYONE could be, any girl who wanted to feel like she could totally rock at anything she wanted to.

And it also felt like choosing something I could affirm to myself that I wanted to be true.

Like I wanted to BE a total rockstar in the kitchen, have a healthy body and live a life of integrity and purpose.

To me, every time I said that name, it felt like I was leaning into the best version of myself, and something that connected me to all the other women out there who were also striving to grow,transform, evolve, thrive and ROCK their life. We’re all Betty’s. We all can Rock.

So just know that while I may be THE Betty Rocker, YOU are a Betty Rocker too, and you can ROCK in any way you choose.

Why I love Fitness….

I love working out. It grounds me. I was a runner for years. I grew up doing gymnastics and ballet, and I enjoy a multitude of fitness styles. I love body weight exercises, Olympic lifting, circuit training, explosive cardio, kick boxing, and all kinds of exercise.
I was a structural alignment practitioner for many years, running a traveling business where I treated athletes, motorcycle racers and all kinds of active people. It was my racing clients who first started asking me for more a nutrition plan, and the amazing results they got that initially inspired me to write the Body Fuel System.

As a C.H.E.K. exercise coach, form and function are at the top of my list when it comes to putting challenging workouts together – and you’ll learn a lot about your body watching my workout videos and
integrating the form tips.

I’m really into Traveling…..

I’m a traveler at heart,born with the wanderlust and an innate curiosity and interest in people and cultures.

I was an anthropology major at Tufts, my first college stint, and tackled journalism and nutrition at FIU (Florida International University) several years later. I’ve lived and worked in Alaska, traveled all over the world – but my all time favorite place is yet to be determined!

I love Cooking….

I learned pretty traditional baking and cooking methods growing up – and we had a garden and shopped at the co-op so I got to appreciate the value of good quality food from an early age.

My primary focus at Tufts University (which I attended on af full academic scholarship – I felt very fortunate!) was nutrition in indigenous cultures.

I left college to travel and pursue hands-on learning, because I just could not seem to sit in the classroom for very long! I traveled around the world, observing, eating and interacting with people in
the Czech Republic, Croatia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
When I returned to the US, I continued my education at Florida International University in Miami, studying communications, because I wanted to write and share my knowledge…but I got restless again
and moved to Colorado where I started studying science and biology to get more in depth into how the body and food interconnect.

My sort of crazy all over the place journey with my education was really influenced by what was going on in my personal life.

The more I learned about food and nutrition – especially in school – the more confused I got about how to eat! There seemed to be an insane amount of mixed messages about diet, food and how the body
works.

The subjects you’ll find on this blog (and more in depth in any of my healthy eating programs) cover the key concepts that I have studied, applied and that have had the greatest impact on creating healthy
habits and overall sustainable fitness.

I never thought I’d write a book about healthy eating, but after Whole Foods market contacted me a year into my blog because a store employee credited me for her remarkable weight loss (she lost 50
pounds), I got really serious about learning and sharing the concepts I had been applying to my cooking that had made such an impact on my own health.

Yanet Garcia

Yanet Garcia named "World's Hottest Weather Girl," first encountered fame when she was delivering the forecasts on Mexican TV. She started her career as a model and then quickly sprang to fame as a forecaster, and has recently also forayed into acting. With over 12.5
million followers on Instagram, Yanet is well-known for her ideal figure, one she keeps through a strict diet and exercise regimen.

Self-admittedly, Yanet started her journey when seeking a way to transform" with "Yanet Garcia is a mexican tv host, actress and model. She is an inspiration to all women because of her own experience, she struggled very much with her weight –she was very skinny as a teenager and during her growth-, but hardwork and discipline paid off, becoming after, a model but also, studying accountability as her career and earning her degree. She became famous as the “weather girl” sweetheart in Mexico and her social media started growing at rocket speed! With over 12.5M followers, Yanet debuted in cinema this year in spanish film “Bellezonismo” and in theater also. Yanet shares her routines and fitness secrets! Being dedicated, disciplined and hardworking are her main characteristics.

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