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wisdom comes after taste

The Philosopher Michel Serres invokes an often forgotten etymological hint at our inherent source of wisdom as human organisms—our embodiment. He explains how "we used to read in our textbooks that our intellect knows nothing that has not first passed through the senses. What we hear, through the tongue, is that there is nothing in … Continue reading wisdom comes after taste

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As we taste, so we experience life

“Learning implies a great sensitivity,” yet, Krishnamurti implores, “most of us are not sensitive even physically” “We overeat, we do not bother about the right diet, we over smoke and drink so that our bodies become gross and insensitive; the quality of the attention of the organism itself is made dull. How can there be a … Continue reading As we taste, so we experience life

As with eating, so too, thinking

The 19th century gourmand and bon vivant Brillat-Savarin said "you are what you eat," a phrase it is said that the philosopher Fuerbach borrowed. Brillat-Savarin's english translator, the celebrated food writer MFK Fisher, replied in a foot note that, more importantly, you are HOW you eat. Similarly, we human beings have been given the capacity … Continue reading As with eating, so too, thinking

On the influences of our senses upon our capacity to make sense

Our senses have profound, yet subtle influences upon the ways that we make sense of life as well as every moment of our lives. This is why the metaphor taste is used for the experiences of art and music, experiences that, curiously, actually occur via our eyes and ears. The etymologies of sapience, savvy, sagacity, … Continue reading On the influences of our senses upon our capacity to make sense