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Topic: Now Where'd I Put That Gin (5 msgs / 109 lines)
1) From: gin
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doors of perception and altering consciousness. So why is there a War on
Some Drugs and users underway, costing millions of dollars and tearing
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The answers can be found in 'Under The Influence".
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sort of on/OT!

2) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
I have a theory that we owe the invention of settled live to our 
affinity to drugs.   The oldest pottery known was found with the 
residues of brewing beer in it.  Among the last hunters and gathers, 
the Yanomani(sp?) of Brazil,  who are making a slow transition to 
horticulture are doing so because they want to be where they planted 
their dope.  Some of the earliest settlers in Africa could have settled 
down just to stay close to some coffee trees.
       Jim Gundlach
On Oct 15, 2004, at 6:43 PM, gin wrote:

3) From: Jim Schulman
On 15 Oct 2004 at 19:09, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:
The Cambridge Encycolpedia of Food puts it this way: if you've 
just settled down in one place, and don't know much about 
sanitation, you're likely to live a lot longer if you're 
drinking beer rather than the water. So perhaps it's the 
earliest settlements to survive that drank beer.

4) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Oct 15, 2004, at 7:20 PM, Jim Schulman wrote:
  It is unlikely the earliest ones would have known that it increased 
their chances of survival.  If you are brewing beer you have to stay in 
one place.   Once brewing was in place, the people doing it would then 
be more likely to survive to reproduce.  It takes some PhD eons later 
to discover how it helps.
    Jim Gundlach

5) From: Jim Schulman
On 16 Oct 2004 at 21:47, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:
The archeological articles have a sociobiological twist -- they 
didn't assume anyone knew about the connection between alcoholic 
drinks and freedom from cholera, etc., they just assume that 
only the beer drinkers survived. Apparently, there's alo 
evidence for the East Asia and America that grains there were 
first used for making alcohol

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