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Book Review: Madness And Civilization | Slate Star Codex
Heat clears the way for liquids. It is precisely for this reason that all the hot drinks the seventeenth century used and abused risk becoming harmful: relaxation, general humidity, softness of the entire organism. And since these are the distinctive traits of the female body, as opposed to virile dryness and solidity, the abuse of hot drinks risks leading to a general feminization of the human race. [Thomas Sydenham warns:] “Most men are censured, not without reason, for having degenerated in contracting the softness, the habits, and the inclinations of women. Excessive use of humectants immediately accelerates the metamorphosis and makes the two sexes almost as alike in the physical as in the moral realm. Woe to the human race, if this prejudice extends its reign to the common people.”
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5 days ago by morganf
Self-Serving Bias | Slate Star Codex
And then there’s the discussion from the recent discussion of Madness and Civilization about how 18th century doctors thought hot drinks will destroy masculinity and ruin society. Nothing that’s happened since has really disproved this – indeed, a graph of hot drink consumption, decline of masculinity, and ruinedness of society would probably show a pretty high correlation – it’s just somehow gotten tossed in the bin marked “ridiculous” instead of the bin marked “things we have to worry about”.
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5 days ago by morganf
Conference beverages
For those who don’t partake in alcohol, but attend conferences: What kind of drinks do you dream of seeing provided but don’t?
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7 days ago by ndw
Matilda Goad’s Turmeric and Coconut-Milk Elixir
∙ ½ a turmeric root, grated and chopped
∙ ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
∙ ½ teaspoon dried cinnamon
∙ ½ teaspoon cardamom
∙ 1 cup coconut milk

1. Add one cup of coconut milk to a pouring pan. (Goad likes Labour & Wait’s enamel milk pan.)

2. Peel and then grate one small turmeric root, before chopping slightly and adding to the pan.

3. Grate a little nutmeg, and then add it to the pan together with the cinnamon and cardamom.

4. Keep on a low heat stirring regularly for around five minutes until slightly steaming. Do not boil as the milk will burn.

5. Check for taste and add more spice as required.

6. Once ready, use a wooden spoon to strain the turmeric from the liquid as you transfer into a cup. For extra comfort, warm the cup with hot water before pouring the liquid from the pan. Makes one serving.
elixir  drinks  recipes 
13 days ago by fogfish

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