Re: Breakfast in a Pill

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 20:27:49 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 30 Dec 1996, Felix Ungman wrote:

> Anders Sandberg:
> >I do not buy the argument we do not know enough to make a 100% sustaining
> >meal yet; some people have lived for decades on intravenous nutrient
> >solutions with no ill effects.
> Well, I don't belive that those solutions were purely syntethic, were they?

I remember reading about an article about the creator of the first such
nutrient solution (a Swede, as usual when it comes to medical technology :-)
and he discovered that the cruicial ingredient was egg yolk! The big problem
before him was that fat could not be supplied, it tended to turn into nasty
embolies when added into the bloodstream. Apparently the yolk contains
emulgators able to create suitable microdroplets. Today I guess we could do
it syntethically, but there is probably no economy in it.

> I see enjoyment from food pretty much the same way as sex.
> Sure, it's fun, but I rather spend most of my time being creative
> in more intellectual ways.

Yes, but it is also necessary to spice up things. Great food is a very useful
social tool, since it promotes a relaxed and euphoric mood suitable for
discussion and the development of new ideas.

Which reminds me: we have to decide on the 'when & where' of the next Omega

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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