30 October 2009

Natural Selection and Beer

There is a great theory about beer and natural selection which goes something like this...

"A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain is limited by the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine!

That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers...."

It's a good theory, but the tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.

The point being that while natural selection definitely does work, beer doesn't make you smarter...

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