Quickies: The science of delicious food, Loch Ness, and sacred sexuality
- Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious – “In a large new analysis of more than 2,000 popular recipes, data scientists have discovered perhaps the key reason why Indian food tastes so unique: It does something radical with flavors, something very different from what we tend to do in the United States and the rest of Western culture. And it does it at the molecular level.”
- Long lost monster found in Loch Ness – “A recent expedition into the depths of Scotland’s famed lake has uncovered the Nessie replica used in the movie 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”
- Insults and rape threats. Writers shouldn’t have to deal with this – Jessica Valenti on being the Guardian’s most targeted contributor for online threats.
- Why Phoenix Goddess Temple founder couldn’t employ a religious-defense argument – “Elise sincerely believes the Tantric or “sacred sexuality” work she and others did inside the temple was part of her religion, but the court barred her from making that argument.”
Ah but I wanted my own pet Nessi! Why can’t anyone find a real one? :(
So, parents can neglect and abuse children to the point of death and defend it with religion…
but consensual sex that includes an exchange of money is not entitled to that same protection.
Nonsense like that is one of the many reasons why I’m an anti-theist.
Amanda, thanks for the Indian food article.
For fellow knights of the Holy Grail on the Quest for the ultimate curry, I extracted this quote from the original paper:
“Among the various online resources available for recipes from Indian cuisines, TarlaDalal (http://www.tarladalal.com) was found to be the best in terms of authentic recipes, cuisine annotations and coverage across major regional subtypes.’
Valuable information indeed!
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