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Tractatus Logico-Chocolatus

1. The world is all that is the taste.

1.1 The world is the totality of flavours, not things.

1.1.1 The world is determined by the totality of flavours, and these being all the flavours.

1.12 For the totality of flavours determines both what is the taste and also all that is not the taste.

1.13 The tastes in experiential space are the world.

1.2 The world divides into individual flavours: sweet, sour, salt and bitter.

1.21 Chocolate is more than the sum of these flavours.

2 What is the taste, the fact, is the existence of elemental flavours.

[The rest is left to the reader to fill out as a personal exercise… should take about a day]


  1. Jeffrey Shallit Jeffrey Shallit

    Oh, man, am I in trouble! – being allergic to chocolate, and all.

      • But, but: “We are not tribalists, we chocoholists. Heresy is for tribalists. We are universalists who seek the Endarkenment of all.”

        • True, but we object to error when the see it in contrast.

        • larry larry

          Is there no light without darkness?

        • Theo Bromine Theo Bromine

          Is this a cocoan?

        • Are you a Zen Chocolatist? If you see the Buddha at the side of the road selling chocolate, rob him.

  2. Geetha Balakrishnan (@GeethasUsername) Geetha Balakrishnan (@GeethasUsername)

    Oh My Godiva! Love it!

  3. larry larry

    You reject the umami receptor?

    • Of course. It is a fiction of the hated atomists. Or at best it is just what happens when the other four flavours are combined in a particular ratio. Either way it is not an elemental flavour.

      • larry larry

        That taste is a four-dimension space is your belief, and therefore I shall not disturb it.

  4. Whereof one cannot savour, thereof one must not eat.

  5. Dear Dr Wilkins –

    I found your blog via a Wikipedia post about clades. I teach at a community college outside Chicago, and I am (lightly) exposing my students to taxonomy, etc. I personally have only learned about phylogenetics pretty recently. Is there a quick and simple resource you can point me too so I can at least expose my group to this concept?

    Thank you!

  6. zackoz zackoz

    Chocolate consists of the taste with which it is enjoyed.

  7. Chocolatism is a pleasure-induction of cocoa composition. (A cocoa composition is only surpassed by a greater amount of itself.)

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