I think we’re getting closer to an answer here. You always hear about all the health benefits of coffee. Drink coffee and live longer. Drink coffee and stay sane. Coffee wards off Alzheimer’s. I can’t ignore these studies. They’re out there. We’ve written before about how it forces us to be present by increasing the stress of the current moment.
So let’s flip the script. Caffeine is a stimulant, but our choice to use it is a symptom. Of what? Lower brain entropy. So essentially, you being able to stomach four cups of coffee says much more about your ability to endure stress than you think.
If we assume that we all have different energy states, the lowest energy states can operate with more stimulation, or stress. So your ability to consume caffeine is more a symptom of your brain state than anything else.
So if we assume that the brain is system that strives for equilibrium. The further you are from your brain’s highest energy state, the more stress you can endure [without complications]. And the more room you have for entropy in your brain, the more coffee you can drink.