In a new study, just published in The Journal of Sex Research, Dr. Gore-Gorszewska recruited 30 men and women between the age of 65 and 82 years old (the average age was 71.4 years old) living in Poland. Half the participants reported that they did not have a partner at the time of the study, 11 were in new relationships, and 4 were in long-term relationships. About two-thirds of the sample were retired. All participants identified as heterosexual. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
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Obviously, whether I tend to favor pizza or salad is largely a meaningless bias, but biases like that operate regularly and make it possible for us to make satisficing decisions. In many cases, these biases are based on legitimate evidence. For example, we would be generally advised to favor the medical recommendations of doctors over those of people with no medical training. This doesn’t mean we automatically should accept medical advice from a doctor, but it does mean that when faced with contradictory information from different sources, a bias in favor of medical sources over non-medical ones will serve us better in the long run than listening to medical advice from Gwyneth Paltrow. Thus, biases are quite adaptive when (1) they do not meaningfully impact decision quality or (2) when there is evidence to support them. … [Read more...] about Biases Are Neither All Good nor All Bad
Ayahuasca is used by numerous indigenous tribes throughout the Amazon Basin for both medical and ritualistic purposes. It has gained some popularity among North American scientists, physicians, and laypeople interested in its spiritual, psychological, and medicinal benefits. For the indigenous people of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela, Ayahuasca is used for healing ailments and is viewed as a means of connecting with one’s soul. … [Read more...] about Ayahuasca and Its Potential to Treat PTSD
It is often said that science is self-correcting. Research is generally methodical and involves repetition, where the researcher does the same thing over and over again to make sure they get the same result each time, and replication, where other researchers try to reproduce your experiment to see if it holds up when performed by another set of hands. It is not unusual for a contentious and groundbreaking result to be subject to significant skepticism, scrutiny, and follow-up confirmatory study, as it should be. However, with a global pandemic showing no signs of ending, there is a major drive to get as much information out as quickly as possible, and the normal guardrails inherent to the standard scientific method might understandably be loosened. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
Recently, the Atlantic published a piece that very eloquently went through several productive, and other likely futile, means of transmission mitigation—actions aimed to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Overall, the key takeaway point is that not everything we may be doing is truly protective, and the more time we spend on things that are in fact futile, the more we fall into the illusion of perceived protections, potentially devoting less effort to what is truly effective. However, before we think about the motivations behind our actions, we need to ask ourselves: How does the virus spread in the first place? … [Read more...] about COVID-19 and Security Theater