Tom Standage's main thesis is that there is six vital fluids. Theses fluids are vital to history as well as vital to life, without fluids humans could not survive. Standage states on page 1, “The availability of water constrained and guided humankind's progress. Drinks have continued to shape human history ever since.” There are six main vital fluids which are beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and, , Coca Cola. The evolution of the vital fluids was also the evolution of human kind. All in all Standage's main thesis is that without vital fluids Humanity would not have evolved to what it is today. Still forming around water or even moving around to kill our food. Fluids are not only vital to life they are vital to evolution.
Standage also states on page 2, “the event that set humankind on the path toward modernity was the adoption of farming, beginning with the domestication of cereal grains, which first took place in the near East around ten thousand years ago was accompanied by the appearance of a rudimentary form of beer.”Humans slowly began to settle into areas that are extremely fertile, these areas were great for the agriculture of cereal grain (main ingredient to beer). Beer is the first of the six vital fluids, without beer we would still be moving around constantly.
When human kind began there was one source of fluid water. As humans began to find new sources of fluids they also evolved. Vital fluids are evolution, Drinks did not evolve with humans, humans evolved with drinks. There are many fluids but there again is only 6 that mark the evolution and history of humanity's progress. These six are beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and finally, Coca Cola.
Before 10,000 BCE the primary source of drink was water. When beer was discovered in Mesopotamia it was considered a step up from water. Water was...