The initial seeds of human civilization are widely held to be rooted in the discovery of agriculture. Ironically, one of the first fruits of this social arrangement was the social disruption – alcohol, which has endeared and prospered to this day as a raucous companion of "civilized" mankind. Indeed, early Sumerians thought that the advent of fermentation was so revolutionary that early engravings detailed the process of its creation and its affects. Plato later commented, "He was a wise man who invented beer."
As our social order becomes more complex, the experience of voluntary madness is increasingly subversive and infectious. Though it may be cathartic to throw caution to the wind and loosen our grasp on control with a few drinks, it's always helpful to have a map of what you're getting into. Remember, reader, that the map is not the territory, and the science is not always the experience.
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