Thursday, 16 June 2011

What do Philosophers Consume?

This chart is a 100%, scientific, and accurate* representation of what philosophers consume when left unattended.

(Click on the image to enlarge it).

I hope this helps. You may want to intervene and present your philosopher with nutrient-rich meals every once and a while.

P.S. Anyone interested in a Q&A blog; particularly one where philosophers can ask questions about non-philosophers?

* By "100%, scientific, and accurate," I mean, of course, that some philosophers are like this and some aren't. This note is for the concerned parties amongst the readers.

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  1. 100%, eh? Well, if it's not one thing, it's another.
    I'm continually surprised by how accurate this blog is about the clandestine habits of the species philosophiae.

  2. Like Bruce, I am always amazed at how accurate your posts are! I laugh out loud each time I read them, because for the most part my husband is the stereotypical philosopher. He too forgets if he ate anything during a given day, or has to think about it a while before responding. Good thing I like to cook or he would starve without supper! He lives on caffeine and (when the grad students go out for happy hour) beer.

  3. good enough cook16 June 2011 at 15:04

    Cheese. That blue wedge involves an awful lot of cheese, whether they remember it or not.

  4. Don't forget: chocolate; marmite on toast (for British philosophers only); branston pickles on cheese and toast. These sustained me through many a late-night writing session.
    Branston pickles and marmite both have a very sharp taste; they help maintain the energy levels at night.

  5. Allocate more room to "hooch," please; "food" is the only thing you can take away from and still be accurate.

  6. When it comes to paper-writing season, blue and green seem pretty common for mine. That and discovering that he hasn't actually eaten anything at all in a while.

    I would very much be interested in a Q&A blog. It might be interesting to have one that takes questions from both philosophers and non-philosophers, although your blog certainly goes a long way in helping out us non-philosopher types.

  7. My philosopher is sitting across the table from me. He is eating noodles for breakfast and yet he says he knows he had eggs for breakfast today. (I think the non-philosophers will need to ask their philosopher to explain it, he had to explain it to me... :P)

  8. I am quite interested in a Q&A blog where we philosophers can ask questions about non-philosophers, or in more specific terms, we can ask why non-philosphers react to us in the way they do.
    Keep up the good work,
    Charles B.

  9. I wonder whether your exemplary observations are not generational. As a 70+ practicing philosopher, I find that in my years after about 40, I become much more attentive to what I eat and drink. Perhaps obsessive is more accurate. Cooking is not just a way of creating parity in a relationship, it is another form of self-expression, to the extent that I plant a garden of vegetables I use frequently. And wine becomes not just something to wash away the latest journal rejection, but an end in itself, so that only that precious little Austrian Traminer will mate perfectly with this endangered fish species and must be sleuthed out relentlessly. This may loom in the futures of younger philosophers and their keepers.

  10. Hi, I'm a philosopher and I eat like a pig and do not consume alcohol. I do, however, drink a lot of coffee!