Zewu. Not sure I get your meaning. I haven't read much eastern philosophy, although The Art of War should be required reading. My opinion of philosphy is that most of it is an entertaining waste of time. Some of the ancient greek stuff is useful. (The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and it is that that makes me wise--Plato if I recall, maybe Socrates). I always liked their ideas about "the good" , "truth" , "beauty" and the "middle road". Political philosophy the way to go is with Locke. (As did Franklin, Jefferson, et al.)
As for the comment about the beer,
1. I was attempting humor.
2. Drinking in moderation has some good health effects (consult your physician).
3. When struggling with a difficult intellectual problem, ONE beer can actually help. It knocks out inhibitions, and lets your subconcious go past roadblocks that your concious mind puts up. Also works on multiple choice tests when you haven't studied as much as you should. You don't second guess yourself. Second guessing a multiple choice is a bad idea, unless you know for certain the first choice was wrong. A glass of beer was how the bubble chamber was invented by the way, without which we wouldn't have much to discuss in this thread. (A bubble chamber makes the tracks of elementary particles visible in collider experiments, although other methods have been developed of late.)
Q: Is this the thread that wouldn't die?
I'm out of here. Later all.