Max Fletcher | Vittles | 17th January 2022
Is it ever possible to say definitively if one food tastes better than another? Judges for the Great Taste Awards, the UK's most prestigious food prize, follow an esoteric procedure as part of an attempt to do so. Each judge eats a blind and random assortment of the 14,000 entries so that no one palette can dominate. As a result, "you might taste a collagen powder right after some haslet" (2,693 words)
David J. Lobina | 3 Quarks Daily | 17th January 2022
Natural languages, like English or Spanish, may be used for an interior monologue. Beneath that thoughts have a different, and perhaps more universal, mode of expression. "The language of thought is the common code in which concepts are couched... We all think in roughly the same mental language, a system composed of concepts that allows us to represent and make sense of the world" (2,114 words)
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