Re[2]: Terence McKenna

Guru George (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 19:38:55 +0100

On Fri, 18 Jul 1997 12:53:38 +0200 (MET DST)
Anders Sandberg <> wrote:


>Another thought: it is known (I can cite some articles) that caffeine
>drinkers perform better at memory tests, reaction tests and similar
>cognitive stuff (taking confounding variables into account), and
>nicotine seems to have other cognition enhancing effects. It is not
>unreasonable to think that the introduction of coffee, tea and
>tobacco into the western culture accelerated its growth in areas
>where this kind of effects are useful (like technology).
Interestingly, McKenna goes into this in Food of the Gods, where he
talks about the link between caffeine and tobacco and what you might
call the 'Protestant Work Ethic'.

Guru George