Recipes wanted for how to boil water …

To illustrate that there is AWAYS an alternative way of doing things, in my masterclasses I sometimes ask members to give me their ‘recipe for boiling water’. It sometimes may seem there could be only one way but–we always do get a range of recipes and ALWAYS some are better than others.

For example:

  1. Ron Says: Recipe for boiled waterFirst, find a house that has a water spout, either one of your own or a rented one (house I mean). Get you a 3 quart saucepan. Stick it under the water faucet and turn on cold water. Using cold water gives you more flavor and takes a little longer to cook. Put it on the stove, any kind will do, even an open fire if you do not have a stove. Be careful to not overstir cause you might knock out the sides or bottom of your pan. One thing about boiled water is that you dont need any fancy spices or flavorings to make it taste right, just use it right out of the pan. Dont forget to turn on the fire under the pan. Cook long enough to suit yourself. If you like it hotter,let it boil alittle longer. Steam isnt good to use as boiling water, whatever you do, dont get interested in something else and forget your water. If you do it will evaporate into steam and you will have to start all over.
    Dont let it burn either, that is the MAIN thing….
    From an old hand written cook book put together for a church group in the 30s. All the ladies were from OK.
  2. Nancy Says:
    I wonder how close a container of water would have to get to the sun to reach boiling point…?
  3. Jess Says:
    When craving some boiled eggs, just give in and have some boiled water left over.
  4. Paul Says:
    First put the kettle on , then Google “ways to boil water”!
  5. Gardena mwajuma Says:
    if you were to bring science in the kitchen then my recipe would be4 balloons filled with Hydrogen gas
    2 Oxygen balloons filled with gas
    source of heat

    Add 2 jars Oxygen to 4 jars of Hydrogen gas in one jar at room temperature and tightly cover the jar. ensure there is no escape of gas. heat the mixture to boil at 100 degrees C. if you need it hot then that is it.

  6. Carol Omer Says:
    Well considering our bodies are made up of 90% water… recipe for boiling water is for someone in traffic to pull out in front of me, whilst talking on their mobile phone!
    That REALLY makes my water boil!Another recipe for boiling water is one my car developed this week:

    Purple Proton Satria
    One standard radiator- with faulty grill-thing
    One warmish day

    Combine all ingredients and travel, unsuspectingly, across town and water is guaranteed to boil by the time one crosses Greenhill Road

  7. Michael Says:
    First you need some water. Then you need some heat. Then you need enough time to heat the water to boiling point.

DFQ: What is YOUR recipe for boiled water?

“Science is the most subversive thing that has ever been devised by man” … “Science runs on ignorance” … “There is no philosophical high-road in science” ….

This might not be what you thought science is like but, when you think about it, it’s exactly what science really is. Dark, blind and messy! Here are four posts I have chosen to discuss the question: What is ‘science’?

After you read them, have a think and then you can add your own post below.

Matt Ridley, 1999 Genome: the autobiography of a species:

The fuel on which science runs is ignorance. Science is like a hungry furnace that must be fed logs from the forests of ignorance that surround us. In the process, the clearing that we call knowledge expands, but the more it expands, the longer its perimeter and the more ignorance comes into view. . . . A true scientist is bored by knowledge; it is the assault on ignorance that motivates him – the mysteries that previous discoveries have revealed. The forest is more interesting than the clearing.

Max Born (1882-1970), Nobel Prize-winning physicist, quoted in Gerald Holton’s Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought:

There is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our roads behind us as we proceed. We do not find sign-posts at cross-roads, but our own scouts erect them, to help the rest.

Philip Morris Hauser (1909-), Demographer and Census Expert, as quoted in Theodore Berland’s The Scientific Life:

Science is the most subversive thing that has ever been devised by man. It is a discipline in which the rules of the game require the undermining of that which already exists, in the sense that new knowledge always necessarily crowds out inferior antecedent knowledge. . . . . This is what the patent system is all about. We reward a man for subverting and undermining that which is already known. . . . . Man has a tendency to resist changing his mind. The history of the physical sciences is replete with episode after episode in which the discoveries of science, subversive as they were because they undermined existing knowledge, had a hard time achieving acceptability and respectability. Galileo was forced to recant; Bruno was burned at the stake; and so forth. An interesting thing about the physical sciences is that they did achieve acceptance. Certainly in the more economically advanced areas of the Western World, it has become commonplace to do everything possible to accelerate the undermining of existent knowledge about the physical world. The underdeveloped areas of the world today still live in a pre-Newtonian universe. They are still resistant to anything subversive, anything requiring change; resistant even to the ideas that would change their basic concepts of the physical world.

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn (1948-), Australian born Nobel-prize winning biological researcher:

I’m also hoping that if more women stay in science, they will reshape how science happens. I don’t think that the way science has happened for the last 100 or so years is necessarily the most successful model. I’d like to see an infusion of new ways of doing things.

FROM BLACK TO GREY is all about the escape

from judgmental thinking to wisdom.

Judgmental thinking is black hat thinking.

Judgmental thinking is authoritarian thinking.

Judgmental thinking is the 2500 year old Greek logical thinking.

Judgmental thinking is the I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong thinking.

Judgmental thinking is inside-the-box thinking.

Judgmental thinking is slow thinking.

Judgmental thinking is intellectual fundamentalist thinking.

Judgmental thinking is destructive, inhuman and deadly thinking.

Escape from Black

We can escape from black hat judgmental thinking

and move to grey hat thinking.

Wisdom is grey hat thinking.

Wisdom is humour.

Wisdom is tolerance.

Wisdom is plural.

Wisdom is human.

Wisdom is independent.

Wisdom is fact not fiction.

Wisdom is I-am-right and-you-are-right thinking.

Wisdom is outside-the-box thinking.

Wisdom is fast thinking.

Wisdom is intellectually inquisitive and flexible.

Wisdom is constructive, green and life-enhancing thinking.

NOTE: The above strong statements are not always true. There are, of course, many exceptions. However, in the context of thinking about thinking there is value in provocations of this kind. There is value in comparing these modes and using tools like hats, to develop skill in differentiating cognitive modes. See also Greyscale Thinking.

At a leadership convention in Melbourne I was asked to add one more hat to the original 6 developed by SOT in 1983. I have designed the 7th Hat for Wisdom which is the Grey Thinking Hat. The book will be published later this year.

Of all the Thinking Hats–White, Black, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue–the Grey Hat is also the Senior Hat.

(Master Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Grey Hat, Paris, 1887)



wisdom n. experience and knowledge together
with the power of applying them critically or practically
Oxford English Dictionary



is all about the escape

from judgmental thinking to wisdom.


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