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Science lesson- Why we cook

Gary's picture

Why we cook - the good and the bad.
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/cookinghumans.html

The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music and haggis and called it food.

JillElise's picture

(post #51880, reply #1 of 12)

Very interesting. Thanks

PeterDurand's picture

(post #51880, reply #2 of 12)

Very interesting. Thanks.

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #51880, reply #3 of 12)

Fascinating. Thanks.
I've always admired Richard Wrangham.

evelyn's picture

(post #51880, reply #4 of 12)

good article!

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UncleDunc's picture

(post #51880, reply #5 of 12)

I just finished the book cited in this article, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. Besides the ideas in this article, it describes several other human traits that Wrangham attributes to cooking, notably larger brain size and different gender roles in food production and preparation.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #51880, reply #6 of 12)

"Catching Fire" is sitting on my bedstand, just waiting for me to get the time to read it. Fascinating stuff, and real science behind a theory I've held for many years -- I may get serious about reading it tonight.




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Jean's picture

(post #51880, reply #7 of 12)

Soo--the secret to successful weight loss is to stop cooking! I suppose that would exclude baked goods too, eh?


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      I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

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StevenHB's picture

(post #51880, reply #9 of 12)

Soo--the secret to successful weight loss is to stop cooking!


That would probably work!



Maybe we'll find direction, around some corner, where it's been waiting to meet us.


Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
cyalexa's picture

(post #51880, reply #12 of 12)

Soo--the secret to successful weight loss is to stop cooking!


That would probably work!


Don't want it that badly (note, I did not say I didn't need it).

soupereasy's picture

(post #51880, reply #11 of 12)

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StevenHB's picture

(post #51880, reply #8 of 12)

I read this a while ago.  I've read a fair amount of "popular human evolution."  I really liked this book.  Very thought provoking.  We are who we are BECAUSE we learned how to cook.


Definitely gives you pause with respect to the "raw food diet" and their concerns about cooking "killing enzymes."  As though they were alive to begin with.



Maybe we'll find direction, around some corner, where it's been waiting to meet us.


Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
soupereasy's picture

(post #51880, reply #10 of 12)

Good article, thank you.