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I would be happy to, if you would clarify your 'argument' about compaction. If your argument is true then the resultant bulk curry would be hotter than the non-compacted spice one. Isn't that the exact opposite of what this whole debate is about?
By the way, I am not ignoring your "if I cook two identical curries ..." gedankenexperiment, it's just that my brain hurts every time I try to reconcile it with my own hypothesis ...
Still makes very little sense to me since we are, I assume, using the same spices in each dish.
It has stopped hurting All is now blindingly clear. No-one is suggesting that if you make $n$ 1-person curries you will need less than $n$ portions of chilli, regardless of whether you are planning to serve them individually or pour them all into one huge bain marie. The suggestion is, rather, that if you try to cook the $n$ portions in a single pan. all at the same time, then you will not need $n$ portions of chilli but rather less.
...all you have to do is to cook three curries : two 1-person curries, each with the normal amount of chilli, and one 2-person curry, with twice the amount of chilli...
Same spice, same jar, same spoon, same density......does not give the same heat when multiplied on a linear scale.