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19th Century engraving of an old grain distillery

Why Did Humans Start Drinking Alcohol?

Michael Pollan, writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, posits that instead of humans being the ones who conquered Earth, we should consider how plants and animals have colonized us. The obvious example is dogs. Did we domesticate them, turning them into docile, cute creatures? Or did dogs domesticate us, ingratiating themselves as “man’s best friend” in exchange for food and shelter? Corn is another example, which has…

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Philip Dhingra

Philip Dhingra

Author of Dear Hannah, a cautionary tale about self-improvement. Learn more: philipkd.com