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For whom would you buy a drink?

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    Posted: 03 Jan 2019 at 07:26
If you could meet anyone from history, famous or otherwise, for whom would you buy a drink?  Would you want to join them, or would you buy it across the room, and raise your mug (or glass) to them?  You can also choose what they are served, whether it is what they are already drinking, whether it is alcohol or not, not limited to historical accuracy.  Of course, they don't have to drink it.  Assume of course, if you want to talk with them, there is no language difficulty.

i would like to have a cup of coffee with David Hume, the Scottish philosopher, who was too much of an atheist for Scotland, and too much of a theist for France.  (Enlightenment).  He was a great character who wrote his History of England (a best seller) "as a witch says her prayers, backwards" (the first volume was the latest historically).  He subscribed to an Academic skepticism, in other words, that we could not be sure of anything, but should live our life based on convention.
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A pre_ civilization_ human_type that's the ideal with no language barrier without a doubt. Any hunter gatherer before imposed farming. Lately the experts agree that farming, once understood became a yoke for the ruled by the rulers. If there is a tonic or a brew available I'd drink it or I'd bring something basic and to the point like whiskey.
I'd ask about the relationships of the stars and ancestors to man and animal kind. What do they want for the future? What happens at the end of their life, if they have beliefs in the afterlife and why they bury(if) they bury the dead. Is sacrifice of humans to "gods" (if its done) actually a way to save a tribe from starvation?
But Hume is something special. 

Arguing against Descartes’s claim that we are aware of ourselves as pure, undivided egos, Hume challenged that when he introspected, he found no such thing. What we call the ‘self’ is just a ‘bundle of perceptions’. Look inside yourself, try to find the ‘I’ that thinks and you’ll only observe this thought, that sensation: an ear worm, an itch, a thought that pops into your head.

Hume was echoing a view that was first articulated by the early Buddhists, whose ‘no-self’ (anattā) view is remarkably similar. He also anticipated the findings of contemporary neuroscience which has found that there is no central controller in the brain, no one place where the sense of self resides. Rather the brain is constantly executing any number of parallel processes. What happens to be most central to consciousness depends on the situation.

Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. (J. R. R. Tolkien)
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