If you walk to the fridge for getting a Heineken or Amstel you are also anticipating the future.
You know that there is a beer in the fridge, and you know that when you go to the fridge and open it can get it. That is also anticipation
of the future. Most higher animals can do this, however humans are top. (But if I think of AGW not top enough…)
Well it was so far off topic I decided to start a new thread.
Sorry to go off topic but GbB your mention of beer brought up a memory I been wanting to share with you for a long time.
A couple month’s back I was at a brew pub that made an IPA with nitrogen rather than the traditional CO2.
Remember that is the UK stout style of beer created by substituting nitrogen for carbon-dioxide when brewing.
Nitrogen “Stout” are the beers that pour all foam, then in your glass the liquid slowly settles out of the bottom of the foam before your eyes.
Interestingly it gets more fascinating to watch as the evening progresses, go figure.
Since IPAs are my preferred beer I had a line-up of 5 tasters, including one of a stout style IPA
where the bubbles were nitrogen rather than the usual CO2.
As it happens the evening before I’d watched a global warming science course session (https://www.coursera.org) by
Professor David Archer and had gotten a question wrong about the ultimate source of heat at the atomic level
(can’t even quite remember the specific question), but remember that the correct answer seemed very counter
intuitive thus on this day long relaxed sightseeing day it remained on my mind.
Now I find myself sitting next to a young guy (well thirty-ish) who turns out to be a Chemistry PhD (in industry)
(by and by sharing that he was wrestling with his wife’s desire to have a child… but that’s a whole different story.)
Back to the chemistry stuff, I remember the main point he liked returning to: “Forget the nucleus - all the action is within the electrons.
In any event, as we’re discussing that and my understanding about why CO2 is a greenhouse gas and nitrogen which makes up a huge
majority of our atmosphere has no such GHG ability, I’m sipping my tasters and more and more the substantial texture difference between
the nitrogen IPA and the regular CO2 IPAs becomes obvious and somehow the covalent shell difference between CO2 and nitrogen made visceral sense…
It was one of those wonderful BINGO moments where something beyond my understanding achieves a certain visceral level of awareness.
I can’t even explain it, but I know I can’t wait to try the experience again, with another wonderful soul who actually understands how
chemistry works and is into trying to explain it while doing a couple well selected beer tasters.
This may all sound very weird, but I encourage you,
next time you’re in the mood pour a regular brew and a nitrogen stout - the closer to other ingredients the better (such as my test of all IPAs).
Then sit around discussing the difference between gases and atomic structure and what makes a greenhouse gas…
I dare say you will be in for a sensual, as well as intellectual treat.
lookie what I just found, but I don’t have any time to check it out just now.