Tag: taste

Neutral Territory

We think that water is tasteless, but what are we really missing?  To us humans, who are comprised on average 60% water by weight, who as infants we cry into this world at an astounding 73% water, we do not view this life giving substance as a flavor, a smell, a taste.  Water is completely neutral, there is nothing to love or hate about this potable substance.  It is ground zero basic.  So neutral that we don’t have any adjectives to describes how this substance interacts with our tongues.  Water is only described as a feeling- wet, damp, hot, cold, lukewarm.  We also don’t perceive water a having a color, to us it is clear. But how limited are we because we are bias?

But consider the fact that water does have  a taste and an odor.  Maybe it is strong and we just don’t know it because of how ordinary and necessary it is to life.  It makes you think about what we are missing and what you take for granted.  It’s in front of us everyday but how much thought have you ever put into this seemingly tasteless form of life giving nectar?  Maybe water is sweet, who knows.


Pop Music According to Culinary Standards

Scientists say that what makes Indian foods so delicious is that there are not a lot of overlapping taste profiles.  The combination of dishes represents a large blanket of flavors, each dish adding something into the large pot of taste.  This is somewhat contradictory to what you would expect out of a scientific study to explain what makes food so delicious.  Obviously flavors that pair well together make something delicious, therefore one would assume that the most delicious food have a lot of similarities.  But the opposite is the case, it take a team of players to create a delicious playing field.  It takes a lot of separate moving parts to create an elaborate plan.  This synergy of sensation is what makes for the best meal.

This same concept of complexity in food can help explain what makes contemporary music so terrible.  There are not enough different sounds happening to create an intriguing and complex piece. Classical music is amazing because it has a million components moving harmoniously at the same time, a synergy of sounds creates a rich experience.  Pop music has maybe four things going on.  And while this can lead to something deliciously melodic, it cannot hold up on the grandiose scale of the auscultatory world.