As a denizen of the Gulf coast beaches, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the BP oil spill and its ill effects on the environment. Also, the fact that entire countries are blocking Internet sites because of campaigns to drawÂ pictures of a deadÂ dude have come into my periphery. Stories of tornadoes ragingÂ through Tornado Alley fill my news sources, andÂ there are always several warsÂ going on to keepÂ me on edge.
But I think we need a break from all that; at least for a little while. Let’s talk about something else.
Seems there’s a new culture emerging in the culinary worldÂ fueled by pot. Many top chefs are smoking weed, not only to chill after a stressful workday, but to fuel their creativity in creating and preparing amazing dishes.
Now if you’ve ever had the munchies before, you’re probably thinking, “Duh! Of course it will help them discover what’s delicious.” And maybe the culinary world is the perfect place for that type of creativity enhancement.
But what of drugs and creativity in general?
There has been debate over whether drugs influence genius in music, art, and even science. The late comedian, Bill Hicks, had a great bit about this where he suggested you throw all your albums away if you don’t think they were influenced by drugs.
ButÂ what do you think?Â
Do drugsÂ spark creativity? Have you had sparks of creativity that you credit to recreational substances? Have you had sparks of creativity that you credit to being stone cold sober? Are the chefs being innovative, orÂ are they in danger of focusing too much on sweet and fatty dishes?Â Do you enjoy food more while “enhanced” with wine, booze, other?
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