Category Archives: Perception

American Cuisine Has 2 Rules and I Found Them

on June 16, 2018 in Models, Perception

American cuisine has two simple rules governing it, I found. You often have to step outside a system to see it with fresh eyes. First, I’ll describe that process. Stepping outside the system We’ve seen pictures of plastic choking once-pristine beaches and wilderness. One day three years ago I looked down at my kitchen’s garbage and saw that most of my garbage came from food packaging. This is Hawaii today.[…] Keep reading →

Are we smarter today than in the past?

on May 11, 2018 in Perception

We look at technology, culture, cities, and so on and consider ourselves advanced relative to past people and cultures. They thought the Earth was flat. The couldn’t draw with perspective. They didn’t know that germs caused many diseases. If we’re so smart, imagine this: if you could magically go back in time knowing everything about today’s world, could you make the world a better place? If so, how? Sure, if[…] Keep reading →

The difference between delicious and yummy

on May 9, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Nature, Perception

Here’s what I mean by yummy: Here’s what I mean by delicious (a delivery from my CSA): What’s the difference? “Yummy” food tends to have qualities such as: Little fiber Fried Sugar, fat, and salt provide the dominant flavors and textures Little raw ingredients Mostly yellow, orange, or brown Other colors often come from food coloring and don’t represent the raw foods Sauces Packaged Corporate processing Many ingredients “Delicious” food[…] Keep reading →

Do American Restaurants Only Serve Comfort Food?

on May 4, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Perception

Do American Restaurants Only Serve Comfort Food? Can you eat delicious and healthy away from home? You probably want to eat healthy. It’s hard in American restaurants and markets, which may devote over 90% of their space to packaged and fiberless industrial food products. Maybe you put the effort in to avoid industrial food products in favor of fresh, whole vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. If you’re like me, you learned to love the subtle, complex, nuanced flavors[…] Keep reading →

The Green Revolution and subway rats

on April 24, 2018 in Nature, Perception

The Green Revolution saved over a billion people from starvation, according to many. I don’t think that’s the only way to see it. Before describing other ways, first, what is the Green Revolution? According to Wikipedia, The Green Revolution, or Third Agricultural Revolution, refers to a set of research and the development of technology transfer initiatives occurring between the 1930s and the late 1960s (with prequels in the work of[…] Keep reading →

Philadelphia and Starbucks: How blind are we to sexism hurting men?

on April 23, 2018 in Awareness, Perception

The past few days have seen many articles on the Philadelphia police arresting two black men in Starbucks. Let’s look at the New York Times article, Starbucks Arrests, Outrageous to Some, Are Everyday Life for Others, for example. It begins PHILADELPHIA — The video of the police arresting two black men in a Starbucks, viewed more than 10 million times online, quickly prompted a full-blown crisis: accusations of racism, protests both in[…] Keep reading →

My salt experiment

on April 21, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Habits, Nature, Perception

When I was a kid, my mom and stepfather switched from salted butter to unsalted. I remember the unsalted tasted bland, like nothing. I couldn’t stand it. Some time later—maybe weeks or months, I don’t remember—I tasted salted butter again for the first time. It tasted terrible! It was way too salty. Of course, the amount of salt in the butter didn’t change. I did. My taste buds had adjusted[…] Keep reading →

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