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Culinary Combinatorics

Mustard and cheese, each of the appropriate type, form the basis of a wonderful sauce given sufficient heat and mixing. There are rules to this that I have not yet determined - for each cheese there's a different permutation of mustards that range from good to bad. More experimentation is called for. The particular sauce I made tonight mixes well with tomato pasta sauce and reminds me a little of a Fondue I enjoyed in Zürich several years back.

Tonight I went to Rabbi Miller's "Introduction to Judaism" class (part 1 of a 3-part series) - I don't think I learned anything new, but it was still kind of interesting. Although questions were open throughout the entire thing (and there were less than 20 people there), I stifled myself when he talked about moral absolutism as part of one of the three things Judaism brought the world - I think he wanted questions on particular points while I think if I had gotten started I probably would have pressed him on the point until he either stopped me or we ran out of time. Some people mention an idea that hits home with them with a jolt of lightning that reshapes their entire Weltanschauung - other people might kind of get such a point or not, but for those so struck practically all their thought afterwards is bound to be completely compliant and well-aligned with said idea(s) - for me, value relativism was that bolt (earlier, I paired it with a naïve epistemology that had a very harsh and simple distinction between the world of values and the world of actuality - a deeper understanding of philosophy of science and a loss of faith in formalism struck down that half of the pairing). As difficult as stifling the instinct to debate is, I do like the feel of the class, and perhaps the later classes will feel more substantial. I ended up meeting an older "couple/pair of friends" (who turned out to live up my street) - the woman and I recognised a lot of pain/depression in each other and we talked for a bit - hers is due to a horrible incident from several years back that she told me about. It's funny how often I've seen those cues in other people and wanted to have them close to me because of that..

In a number of fields in philosophy, when I look at them and see the classic debates, I see things that come down, given my foundations, definitional squabbles - considering Gettier's problem (chosen because Wikipedia has a decent and accessible definition for it) for example, I don't find it that interesting because I can hold a number of possible definitions for knowledge and only distinguish them when it's important. I believe worrying strongly about what constitutes actual knowledge isn't actually an intrinsically deep topic because the term-concept relationship might admit many alternatives - the only interestingness to it might be in attempting to find a nuanced concept (and phrasing) that has certain properties. I may be missing some big point here (and doing it again and again in many subfields), but giving up on linguistic absolutism (the primacy of words and their exclusive proper tie to "one true concepts") causes a lot of philosophy to dissolve (which is, I think, a good thing).


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