Oh, I See

Whenever I was asked, in the weeks leading up to the Idea Festival's Lights Out Dinner at Louisville's Asiatique, I said the purpose for a dinner with blindfolded participants was to heighten their powers to taste, smell and feel, and to learn, collectively, how we would respond to those newly sharpened powers in the presence of really good food. It was anexperiment with voluntary blindness as much as it was an invitation to let the other senses take center stage for a while.

Sounds more than a little esoteric, in hindsight. Or at least shortsighted.