Chikako Nakayama

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“Man is what he eats.” It was written by a philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach, in the middle of the 19th century. Originally in German, the verbs in his saying rhymed like a pun (Der Mensch ist was er isst).

Feuerbach investigated the relation between diet and people’s well-being and pointed out that human beings are “equal in their stomachs” in the sense that they are physiologically constructed by the nutrition they have taken in.

What he wrote carries social and political implications. Of course, people get different foods, depending on where and how they live. In this sense, his saying can also be interpreted as emphasizing the differences among regions, countries and social classes as reflected in the difference of diet.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), we will see television and newspaper coverage of the 2013 Nobel Prize awards ceremony. The grandeur of the ceremony and the felicitous faces of the prize winners, with sincere comments offered about their various professional research fields, again are apt to positively influence youths who have dreams and ambitions while providing a tinge of hope to tired adults.

Apart from the harmless affection shown toward the prize winners, some may view the number of Nobel Prize winners for evidence of national power as if they were counting Olympic Games gold medals.

In the field of economics, the list shows that 59 of the 74 Nobel prize-winners in economics — about 80 percent — are from the United States.…  Seguir leyendo »