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It is quite likely that plants contain caffeine because it affects the nervous system of most would-be consumers, discouraging them from eating the plants. Of course, that is precisely the attraction for the human animal. BLAC K P U DDLE WATER OR PANACEA ? indd 19 19 12/9/2010 7:22:36 PM Caffeine, C8H10N4O2, readily passes through biological membranes such as the gastrointestinal tract. The human liver treats caffeine as a poison and attempts to dismantle it, stripping off methyl groups. It can’t cope with all of them, so quite a few whole caffeine molecules make it past the liver and eventually find a docking place in the brain.
P. 12. Ibid. Ibid. , p. 13. Ibid. Ibid. , p. xv. , p. 13. Ibid. , p 14. Ibid. Ibid. , p. 97. , p. 99. Ibid. Ibid. , p. 100. Ibid. Ibid. , p. 103. Ibid. BLAC K P U DDLE WATER OR PANACEA ? indd 23 23 12/9/2010 7:22:36 PM 36 37 38 39 40 41 Ibid. , p. 105. Ibid. , p. 301. , p. 340. ; Charles F. Wetherall, Kicking the Coffee Habit (Wetherall Pub. , 1981), pp. 20–21. 42 Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, p. 411; Jack E. James, Understanding Caffeine: A Behavioral Analysis (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997), pp.
Things could have turned out differently, however. I might not have become a coffee drinker that night. So the fact that I’m now someone who drinks and enjoys coffee on a daily basis is a particular kind of fact, a particular kind of truth. It’s what philosophers call a contingent truth. A contingent truth is one that is true but could have been false. It could have been the case that instead of trying my roommate’s coffee, I opted for a different caffeinated drink or popped a caffeine pill or two.
Multicultural citizens: the philosophy and politics of identity by Chandran (Ed.); Various Kukathas