Re: Re: How does food shape our identities? Converting Nature into Culture
I agree profoundly with Chef Pepin's expression that cooking or more precisely preparing food is transforming nature into culture. So, many ideas can be conveyed by this expression...
I believe that it is so important to become involved in some way with the process of preparing food. Whether it is hunting, gathering, shopping, preparing, cooking, setting the table, assembling the components of a meal this is a ritual that is basic and essential to our hamanity. We develop culture from the act of preparing more from nature and sharing it with family, friends, and even strangers.
I had to make this statement, because I found the profoundness of what Chef Peppin was saying so important. I hope and wish that my family members, and all Americans will come to understand the importance of what is being said. We are what we eat, and we are defined by how we eat, and perhaps who we can aspire to be is affected by the sense of culture we develop from nature in this most basic way.
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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