Salt and Sugar and Taste Buds and Quarks



Hard to guess how Scottish genealogists would define “the Fundamental”, as in the “McCarthy” or the “McDonald”, etc.; the ultimate distillation.  I wonder what the “Brandy” would taste like, I bet it’d be smooth.  Of course, Scots are not generally fond of brandy, more a continental distillation.  Grapes and the British highlands are not a great mix.

What if everything in the multiverse, in its most elemental form, merely involved combinations of sugar and salt?  They claim quarks come in flavors don’t they?  Well they do!  Or is it colors?  Flavors; … just rechecked.

And if its flavors quarks come in, how would one reasonable avoid sugar and salt as polar opposites?  Bitter is more an emotion or character trait.  Same for sour.

That kind of makes taste buds the ultimate scientific instrument.

The difference between salt and sugar, specifically sodium chloride and sucrose, the particular salt and sugar most often used by people, is in their elemental composition, the types of bonds that hold them together and the way they dissolve in water” (author unknown but somebody authored it, that’s for sure, although when is also an open question).

Elemental composition”, doesn’t that sound fundamental?  “Bonds that hold them together”, now we’re getting to strong force and weak force options I’d guess.

So is there anti-salt and anti-sugar?  Hmmm, what would they taste like and, if forced to share the same space, would they explode?

That would kind of explain Margaritas, especially on ocho de mayos!

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved.  Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen).  Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales.  He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies).  He can be contacted at or and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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