Have you ever wondered how alcohol contributed to the origins of our civilization? Well, look no further. In this episode, we explore how our ancestors used alcohol and other intoxicants – and why humans have been innately drawn to drunkenness throughout history…
Joining us to address this topic and others like it is Edward “Ted” Slingerland. Ted is a professor at the University of British Columbia, where teaches and researches East Asian studies, religious history, philosophy, and psychology.
Ted is the author of the recent book, Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Here he dives into “the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization — and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication.”
In this episode, you will uncover:
The intersection between chemical intoxicants and spiritual experience. The difference between stimulants and intoxicants. Dangers that have arisen as alcohol consumption has evolved. The importance of understanding the function of alcohol. Want to find out more about Ted and his work? Visit www.edwardslingerland.com now!
Episode also available on Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/30PvU9C