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May 07, 2008

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R. Eric Sawyer

Being intently curious, and skeptical, about research methodology, I wonder what "volunteer wine novices" are, and does it matter for the results. For instance, if they were undergraduate students, who signed up for a study judging wine, and who marked their level of experience as limited, are they nascent wine snobs? Are they more or less likely than the general population to try and imitate the opinions of their supposed betters, as defined by price?
I suspect that most of us judge our tastes, (and I think possibly more to your point)and our opinions by that community whose tastes and opinions we value. As we identify with them, we either want to pretend that we are like them (Or else no "Vogue" magazine) or pretend they are like us (Or else no "Us" magazine)

I think in "screwtape" CS Lewis talked about one of the mast Godly, evil-resistant thing a man can do is derive pleasure from an innocent thing, whether it is root-beer or "ripple" or corn chips or bridge, for no other reason than that he likes it.

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