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Originally posted by OnceReturned
2) When you listen to music or watch a movie or look at art, your resultant opinion of that piece of art is subjective. You had a unique experience of it and either like it or didn't like it(or somewhere in between). This is the sort of thing that you cannot be wrong about it. There is no "right" answer to whether or not some piece of art is good; it's a matter of opinion. Because there is no “right” when it comes subjective value judgments, there is no “wrong” answer either. Everyone gets to form their own opinion, and because we acknowledge these value judgments as "opinions," we tend to accept that while we may agree or disagree, there no "right" or "wrong" here.
The next time you see an object in front of you, remember that it looks the color that it does, the size that it does, and the distance from you that it does, all because of your state of mind and the context in which you are making your observation. The next time you see that object, it may appear different. This is because your experience at any given instant is subjective in a way that few have realized; it is unique to the moment, and changes constantly. You never see the same thing the same way twice, in the same way that no two people see the same thing the same way. Your experience is much more subjective, dynamic, inconsistent, and contextually dependant than you had ever thought. If you don’t believe me, read the experiments.
Air travelers have long complained of the blandness of airline food, but new research suggests the aircraft noise may be the problem rather than the chefs or the menu.
The study, published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, reported that the presence of high levels of background noise diminished the sensitivity of the palate in volunteers, making food taste bland and flavorless, while pleasant sounds could increase the sensitivity and enjoyment of the food.
Researcher Andy Woods and colleagues from the University of Manchester in the UK and Unilever blindfolded 48 volunteers and gave them a range of foods while exposing them to different levels of white noise via headphones. Foods used in the trials included cheese crackers and flapjacks, and the results showed that the louder the white noise, the less the subjects were able to sense and enjoy the saltiness or sweetness of the foods, and the less they tended to like them. One thing that did increase in the presence of loud noise was the sense of the crunchiness of the foods tested. In another experiment they found a relationship between liking of music being played while they ate, and liking of the food.