Friday, February 20, 2015

Quote for the day: Nothing new, nutrition too

"There is something grewsome [sic] in reading, for instance, of 'the psychic action of coffee.' Cannot we even have breakfast in peace, without elegantly expressed but terribly depressing remarks on coffee as 'an intellectual poison?' To be sure, we have the comfort of learning that while itself a poison, this part of our breakfast is an antidote to another poison--opium....We would at once forswear coffee forever were it not that, a couple of pages further on, we are told that nearly the same things apply to tea and cocoa. We close the book hurriedly, and rejoice that psychophysics is as yet in its infancy." ~~ Sir John Adams, The Herbartian Psychology

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