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Why Does Food Taste So Delicious?: Scientific American

Why Does Food Taste So Delicious?: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
Food is a primal, everyday part of our lives—yet rich with mystery
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Deliciousness comes from our mother, our childhood, the room we are eating in, the plates we are eating on and the friends we are eating with. It's mental as much as chemical.

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Humans: The Cooking Ape, a lecture by Richard Wrangham

Speaker Series Lecture by Dr. Richard Wrangham, Harvard University & Leakey Foundation Grantee September 22, 2007 at the Field Museum in Chicago Harvard anth...
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Human beings are not obviously equipped to be nature’s gladiators. We have no claws, no armor. That we eat meat seems surprising, because we are not made for chewing it uncooked in the wild. Our jaws are weak; our teeth are blunt; our mouths are small. That thing below our noses? It truly is a pie hole.

To attend to these facts, for some people, is to plead for vegetarianism or for a raw-food diet. We should forage and eat the way our long-ago ancestors surely did. For Richard Wrangham, however, these facts and others demonstrate something quite different. They help prove that we are, as he vividly puts it, “the cooking apes, the creatures of the flame.”

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