Hello Gentle Reader,
Well, this was an interesting experiment, but it was not successful this time. It may be tried again, and I thank you very much for your attention.
To all those who read or contributed, thank you very much for your time.
There is always…
Filed under: Thought Foods | Tags: art, artisan, craft, culture, discussion, philosophy, public discussion, salon, taste, what is
Dear Gentle Reader,
The topic for this week was suggested by a reader and contributor to thought food who suggested:
1. What is taste [as in tasteful not tasty] and does it really matter?
This week, we will try a wide open approach to the discussion. So first commentator, shape it as you will, but following commentators can also shape it as they will.
This topic is reverting to one week because people only commented in the first week.
Possible approaches are to answer”What is taste?”; “What makes taste?”; “What defines taste?”; or “What differentiates taste from values or from opinion?” Another approach might be to exame the difference between art and craft and work of an artisan. Or any other perspective you choose to take.
I look forward to reading and contributing.
Dear Gentle Reader,
It is week four, and I do not think that the “culture” dialogue of Query number 2 is over yet.
So, next Monday the full topic will be posted, but the question will essentially be “What is taste?”. What makes taste, what defines it? Maybe what differentiates taste from values? It could be approached from a perspective like what is the difference between art and craft or any other perspective.
A real salon would be freewheeling unless there is a very powerful moderator figure. I am keen on free-wheeling exploration of ideas.
So, please return to the culture conversation, and next week we will look at taste.
Filed under: Thought Foods | Tags: cross-cultural, culture, intercultural, meaning of culture, philosophy, public discussion
First, thank you everyone who either read last week’s query or commented upon it.
The query for this week is what does the term culture include? Where does culture stop? Where does culture begin?
Is culture a shorthand for nationality plus ethnicity? Less? More? Could gender be a component of culture?
What about profession? Do engineers have a distinct culture as opposed to oil rig workers as opposed to nurses?
Does the US have an all-encompassing culture or would we talk of regional cultures–north, south, west, east, or the heartland? Wouldn’t this be the same in other countries?
If this was true, if you can talk meaningfully about a regional culture AND a national culture, is culture fractal? What I mean is, is culture present on different scales? So can you have cultures at small levels (such as women nurse/missionaries, and at higher scales nurses or nuns or missionaries, and at higher levels, westerners, women, or proselytizers?
At what level of abstraction is cultural a useful concept? Would humans have a human culture vis a vis elephants. Probably not. If a race of aliens touched down in large numbers though, and interacted with us as two bodies, us and them, might there be a cultural difference?
What comprises culture, and why it be important to know it? I will add SMALL snippets over the course of the week to see if that encourages more feedback. Again, as always, if you have a topic that you would like to see, toss it into the future food thought pile. We have two now that we will explore in the coming weeks.
Filed under: Introduction
One week and almost two hundred uploads and nine non-self comments.
A conversion rate of uploads to comments on the query of around five percent is probably good in the blogging world. Most importantly, I set the bar at five comments , so onwards we go.
I received one suggestion for a possible future query (in the “future thought food” section), and the poster is fleshing that out now, so it will not be up yet. More suggestions for future queries would be good–please send more in.
I figure that the first couple of months will be the toughest, if this is to survive. And if not, then it is not meant to be. Question. Should we keep the site on topic for just one week, or two? Let me know. Also, I was considering summing up the results, but I think that I post too much and too long already.
Sometime today query number two will go up.
Cheers and thanks for reading and playing along.
Filed under: Future Thought Foods
So, this will only work if the community is engaged. Obviously.
What thought food would you like to see discussed?
Suggest a topic, please, and comment on other topics suggested.
I suspect that ideal topics require some thought, are not too emotionally polarizing, and are interesting enough to be brought up at a party by contributors.
What would you like to see the opinions of a few people on? I would really like to know.