Albert Hirsch

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Are we creating something new, or changing something old?

I have always been interested in molecular gastronomy and i am a big fan of Alinea, sorry guys. Chefs at molecular gastronomy restaurants always try to take a classical dish and take it into the new world. So did they create a new dish, or did they just change the way to present it? For example the restaurant sepia, located in Australlia, run by Chef Martin Benn has a dish based off rive rocks. They are essentially just ice cream frozen in liquid nitrogen in the shape of a river rock with various toppings. So did he create a completely new dish or a new method for an old one? My question is, are we actually creating something new, or changing something old?

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    Mar 21 2012: The fact is no one creates new idea or new things. it is only we change something or make combinations of many ideas and thoughts and think that we have done something new or our original idea. but the fact is there is no such Original Idea.... there is one Original Idea and the deflection in that one idea is the core of other ideas.
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    Mar 18 2012: What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9
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      Mar 25 2012: Sina como veo que hablas español, te digo que concuerdo contigo en la sabiduria del Eclesiastes, por eso mismo propongo que nosotros solo creamos por que no somos divinos pero si destruimos...¿no sera esta una forma de transformar?....turn turn turn...
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        Mar 25 2012: Creo que los conceptos son los mismos pero las personas cambian.

        I really love this song ... muchas gracias...
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    Mar 17 2012: Something new from something old.
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    Mar 25 2012: As creativity is combinatorial in the sense that we combinie images from our experience, we are creating new things from pre-existing (old?) components.
  • Mar 25 2012: The law of conservation of energy states ''Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transferred or transformed from one form to another"
    >> We are creating the new by changing the old :D
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    Mar 25 2012: We, the human species are creator to the core, we are here to create, thats part of our DNA!

    Now, we live in an era, that's most of everything we need is created already : TV, computer, electricity,! I think there will always be a general and collective new idea, that we all going to dwell on, for our time is the computer : Apple, IBM, www, Ipad, websites etc... Maybe in the next one, it will be the flying cars, and people of that era will dwell on that, and so on...

    In the same time, the creator of this original idea, him or her, can only say this is new, and after a while, us, will change something in it, and make it, as you put it Jaime : Changing some old.

    The only new thing that we can do, all of us, is simple, is to: Creating US, whom we are NEW. Until we do so, we will be only changing some old. If YOU as a person, creating something new within yourself, you will be open to create something totally new for your era, so for me : Creating something new, is creating the new : YOU.

  • Mar 25 2012: the greatest inventions the ones that enhance the quality of our lives are in my opinion come from the simplest observations i believe someone saw a rock roll down a hill and it dawned on him how easy it moved and that was the start of something big someone was close to a tree that got hit by lighting and it started a fire and realized how warm it felt two simple observations that changed everything the question is not the discovery but the discoverer i am sure many saw rocks rolling down a hill why did this one person see the roll and not the rock and i am sure many saw fire and ran why did this one person stand there and feel the heat i believe genius is not the soul property of modern man it has been with us since our ability to think and these people with limited intellect changed our destiny there are no original thoughts just some one who sees the roll instead of the rock and feels the heat
  • Mar 24 2012: We none of us exist in a vacuum and we all stand on the shoulders of giants to be able to see so far. As Borges points out: not until Franz Kafka starts writing can you determine who Kafka's precursors are and not until Einstein formulates special relativity can you determine whose shoulders he was standing on (and he was). There is neither something new nor something old, just something! Perhaps Og in some primeval past first learnt to get the four corners of the infinite jigsaw puzzle laid out first but everything that follows is just that; it follows, whether by logic, illogic, transendental osmosis or divine gift. As a TEDtalk on creativity points out: we are the children of the Renaissance and novelty for them was divine inspiration; at least Newton, God fearing man that he was, at least had the wisdom to recognise that he just the last (for him) in a very long line!
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    Mar 24 2012: Albert,

    Both, one hopes.

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      Mar 25 2012: Well well welll....what a surprise....I agree with you but I propose a third choice....

      1 Creating something new
      2 Changing some old
  • Mar 23 2012: Is the cup half empty or half full? It could be looked at either way. It is not a new idea, but it is an alteration of something else, that creates something new and different.
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    • Mar 25 2012: Hello. Nice to meet you. Can you explain the word "ouanity" to me? I have found no meaning of it in the dictionary. It is not English, is it?
  • Mar 22 2012: I think all new things come from the old ones. No creation reachs its success without relying on the old ones. So, it is not important that we are creating something new or changing something old. We are making progress.
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    Mar 18 2012: For me, NEW is just NEW, no matter what it is built on and how it is built. So, changing something old is also part of creating something new. Bottom line is.. if you want to make a new thing, never bother what others think about it.. just go and make it happen :-)
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    Mar 18 2012: After reading the comments I thought of the following: steam, hydro,coal, nuclear are all means of producing electricity. So because the final result is electricty there has been no change since fultons steam engine? When we went from analog to digital the gages still displayed the same information so there was not a change. We have generation changes in computers but they still churn out data as requested and within the capabilities of the program, so no change occured? I think it is a matter of how it is worded and how it is precieved. In the examples I think change has occured. Many end users do not care and are glad they have electricity, etc .... Best. Bob
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    Mar 17 2012: I made my nieces a sprite with crushed ice and a slice of lemon drink yesterday as they were hungover from a night of partying,my nieces friend couldn't get over how nice it was and they consumed the whole bottle and what lemons i had,To them it was something new,to me it wasn't a proper lemonade but to them it was.
  • Mar 17 2012: I think we apply old forms to new mediums to create what sppears to be something new.
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    Mar 17 2012: NEW
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      Mar 25 2012: hello debra how are you?
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      Mar 25 2012: Rejoice and celebrate your new everything. Transformation....pure transformation.
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    Mar 14 2012: Unless we really discover new stuff (meaning a new veggie or animal or whatever else), it always will be just something old in a new presentation.
    Which is perfectly valid and fine from my perspective, especially when it comes to cusine, since eating and drinking involves all our senses.
    Personally, I find molecular cooking interesting (probably because of my chemistry, although I don't think that's something to be around for the long term.
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      Mar 16 2012: So if we find, or create, a new apple for example and turn it into an apple pie is it new? Or is it an apple pie?
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        Mar 16 2012: Turning an apple into an apple pie is creating something new. because the apple is only a part of the new stuff (pie). It's like a screw. A screw is a screw, but if you use it as an element in a machine you create something new, although the screw doesn't change, but it becomes part of something new.
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          Mar 25 2012: Harald I'm very respectfull about he good old apple pie when its prepared with love and joy...the fragance fom the oven is a memory, th flavor an experience...

          Newton TRANSFORM the apple in the gravitational apple pie...he DISCOVER but not create the kitchen we COMBINE and discover but not create...with a lot of enlightment maybe some day we coul recreate something (in the kitchen) and I'm telling this from the real experience because I'm chef.
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        Mar 26 2012: Hi Jaime, me too, I'm very respectful of apple pie, especially when I remember my grandmother's Apfelstrudel which was the best on this planet.

        As to creating something new in the kitchen: what about molecular cuisine ? Isn't that getting pretty close to creating something new ?