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Jamie Fajber’s Philosophy is: the most distasteful spread

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I had this written up last week, but as I’m unsure whether or not I’ll have a chance to speak about it, I thought I would share it here first.


Philosophy is a buffet. It’s a big ole buffet stacked high with plates, and various dishes. A strong gamut of colour is on display, and the smell wafts towards your nose. As you whiff it in, your nose is scrunching in repulsion. The image in front of you is repugnant, because everything on the table is foods you detest. You despise them. Yet, your stomach is rumbling, and time is passing. You’d rather be hungry, knowing you are a proud, exclusive eater that sticks to your standard diet of cheetos, mountain dew, 100% all Canadian beef w/ corn product, and hot chocolate. After all, you are what you eat, and you’d rather not try something like that.

The rumbling is full throttle now, but you should stick to your convictions – you think. Your previously indomitable willpower is a lot shakier, and you decide that it can’t hurt to try a bite.

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The first bite is distasteful – in the way that exotic foods always are, so different you can’t like or dislike it because you have no comparison. The second bite, obviously reminiscent of the first, makes you smile. The flavour isn’t so bad, and the texture is funky enough you don’t mind taking a third bite, too.

Soon enough, you are trying all the foods on the table. You thought they were unpalatable, but to your surprise they each bring something distinct to your mouth.

Finally, you are done eating. Full to the brim with new cuisine, and new ideas. You are made healthier, you are enriched, and you will grow from all that, yummy, food.


Although the idea of Philosophy as a buffet may not be as radical as say, our teacher becoming an angelic wizard (see Jasmin Ghorbani), it’s still far fetched enough that it may require some explaining.

The italicized words in the writing above are attempting to draw your attention to the core concept of this metaphor: the foods are ideas. From this central point, there are many branching comparisons that can be made.

  1. Humans need food to grow > humans need ideas to grow
  2. Different foods have different nutrients, and the more variety one gets the better > different ideas have different values, and the more variety one gets the better
  3. Although all foods have a place, there is a distinct variance in quality between some foods > although all ideas have their place, some are far more qualitative than others
  4. It’s common to be afraid or hesitant of trying new foods > it’s human nature to be afraid or hesitant of understanding new ideas
  5. Consumption of food is a necessity of survival > consumption of ideas is a necessity of life

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It’s a metaphor with a lot of elasticity, able to be stretched in different directions to represent a breadth of connections. Also, it seems to be true in the real world! For example:

When I was a kid, I hated veggies. I was ALSO a selfish, arrogant boy that thought girls were gross.

Now, I tolerate, sometimes even really enjoy veggies! Furthermore, I’m less egotistical and I care WAY more about other humans – and, girls are certainly not gross anymore.

There is definitely a correlation here.

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