Weekend Reading: 3/4


by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

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Tolerance Is Not Debatable

tolerance400by John Ellis

Note: I first published this post on my previous blog.

What’s important isn’t that I love beer; what’s important is that I am a beer drinker. Don’t misunderstand; I’m thankful that I love beer – very thankful. But, and to reiterate, I am a beer drinker. I was born that way; I shall die that way. But the fact that I am a beer drinker is why I love beer, not the other way around.

For the last one hundred years or so, scientists have understood that taste is largely genetic. Much of a person’s taste preference is shaped by pore-forming proteins called ion channels. Over the last century, many studies have confirmed that the activity of these channels in regards to regulating the flow of ions on the taste buds is largely genetic. In other words, the fact that I desire beer is coded into my genetic makeup. It’s part of who I am. This is why I find it disturbing that in 2015 my genetic desire to drink beer is still being discriminated against in certain restaurants.

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