Today’s coffee, potpourri and nonsense
There is a lot of truth in that! Coffee has never been accepted as a 100% rational thing. A lot like the human race, I suppose. But rationality is over-rated. Writes AI researcher E.Yudkowsky: “Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality. If you are equally good at explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge.” That is why I always have a cup or two of coffee when I wake up.
There are days when I KNOW that I really know nothing about anything, coffee gives me that necessary edge to keep going. Coffee keeps me lucid. In a world that , on some days, is more fictional than real, that counts for a lot already. Rationality does not even come into it…
COFFEE IN THE NEWS
Interesting article today about how in China coffee is surprising the naysayers. Even though the average mainlander drinks only 3 cups a coffee a year–and China consumes only 2% of the world’s coffee–the major players in the game are betting on the young generation to change all that. StarBucks has already opened 2,000 stores and is planning another 500. Duncan Donuts has similar designs.
It is expected that coffee consumption will increase 20% annually. Just in the past 4 years coffee consumption has tripled. When you consider that China’s population is almost 1.4 billion, the future looks very promising.
COFFEE AND CANCER
Several of my friends sent me this information a couple of weeks ago. To tell you the truth, I am surprised that there was any doubt on the matter! Finally, it seems, the matter is a no-brainer. ”The World Health Organisation has cleared coffee of causing cancer, but a detailed investigation has found that very hot drinks may be linked to cancer of the oesophagus, or gullet.
Coffee was classified as a possible cause of cancer in 1991, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of WHO, has now reconsidered the evidence. It carried out a detailed review of the many studies published on the subject and found that coffee drinkers have no reason to worry…
The scientists found an inverse relationship between drinking coffee and certain types of cancer. The risk of developing liver cancer dropped by 15% for each cup of coffee drunk, while in breast cancer and endometrial -or womb – cancer studies suggest there were fewer incidences among people who drank coffee than those who did not.”