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Coming to our Senses

Food symposium promises to please the palate and nourish the mind

Coming to our senses

"Hot Dog," an oil painting by Columbia artist Chris Hall, is part of a three-painting series that took second place in the juried art show "Food: Fact or Fiction" at PS:Gallery. The show is held in conjunction with Food Sense, the MU Life Sciences and Society Program symposium set for March 16-18.

What drives our food choices? A sweet tooth? An arousing aroma? Pretty plating? Good company?

Chefs, scientists, cultural critics — maybe even a foodie or two — will gather at Mizzou March 16-18 to examine the ingredients of the human appetite. During Food Sense, the 2012 MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium, experts shelve standard obesity-epidemic talk and food-movement dogma to instead explore sensory satisfaction and communal comforts.

A biochemist looks at the science of successful cooking. An experimental psychologist examines the evolution of digestion. A law professor shows how meals yield obligations. A writer dissects classism in slow/organic/local food trends. A sensory scientist explains how wine drinkers distinguish oaky flavors from their brawnier counterparts.

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