“Don’t argue about how much salt there is in food — this can save relationships — you live in different taste worlds; you’ve got different taste buds.”

Barry C Smith is a philosophy professor, director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, and an advisory board member at the Institute of Art and Ideas.  He also co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Senses, a research center whose recent findings have changed our understanding of how our senses inform our perception of the world. Barry has recently led a worldwide consortium of scientists and clinicians to research sensory loss after exposure to Covid 19. Barry has a passion for wine, and at past festivals, has hosted fantastic wine tasting events, drawing on this work on the multisensory nature of experience.

“Well up to the task of situating... questions within a larger framework of taste and perception, subjectivity and objectivity.” - The TLS


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