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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: <Snip>
On 15 Oct 2004 at 19:09, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote: <Snip> 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.
On Oct 15, 2004, at 7:20 PM, Jim Schulman wrote: <Snip> 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 <Snip>
On 16 Oct 2004 at 21:47, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote: <Snip> 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