Beer Before Bread

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We have traditionally been told that the discovery of alcohol was an accidental by-product of agriculture. Once early farmers were systematically producing crops, they’d often end up with surpluses. These could be stored for the off-season, or as insurance against a future bad harvest. At some point, though, people noticed that if…

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Edward Slingerland

Edward Slingerland

Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at UBC, author of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization (June 2021)