Friday, July 31, 2015

Like Tolkien's elves?

Set aside for the moment the flawed assumption underlying this study: namely that one would want to eat less chocolate. They claim that "habituation" caused by imagining eating chocolates can reduce the actual hunger for them. It sounds as though replaying memories is like, maybe comparable to, experiencing something. Maybe there's an increment of pleasure we want, and the taste of the 9'th bite is linked to the memory of the first--and if so why not to the memory of last week's?

"Indeed I have heard that for them memory is more like to the waking world than to a dream. Not so for Dwarves."


Texan99 said...

Dieting experts urge us to consider that the first bite of something rich and wonderful like chocolate is in many ways equal to the sum of the next ten bites. For those of us who are chronically tempted to overeat, it's good to consider that simply having experienced something once, and remembering it in an ordinary way, may be better than trying to recreate the experience endlessly.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I wish I'd read that half an hour ago.

Texan99 said...

Got into the chocolate box, did you?