Coffee and the Enlightenment

From Wired comes an interesting article called “Drugs, Body Modifications May Create Second Enlightenment.”

This line jumped out at me: “Amphetamines are largely banned in the United States, though coffee, which acts in much the same way, is the second only to oil in global trade.”

(Via Kottke.)

(Related Reading: Jakob Norberg’s “No Coffee,” a wonderful article from a short while back which asks “What is it about coffee – and coffeehouses – that makes it so agreeable to the bourgeoisie?”)

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