Penetrative intercourse tends to dominate many people's understandings of sexual activity. However, the older men and women in this study described that their evolving definitions of sex, which now included more physical intimacy, was more pleasurable and satisfying than their previous, narrow definitions and experiences. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
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
It is into this context then that people now might find themselves reading an article online in the press, even reported by the most reputable media outlets, and then clicking a link that brings them to a newly published paper, or recently posted pre-print, and coming face-to-face with research data, potentially for the first time. However, even for scientists that are experts in the topic of a specific research study, the devil is very much in the details. Serving as a peer reviewer for a scientific journal is extremely time consuming and takes countless hours of work going through different drafts of a manuscript in great detail. Furthermore, once a study is published, researchers will often analyze particular papers in what is referred to as a "journal club"—which is a bit like a book club, but usually with less wine. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
Of course, it would be wonderful if we could all gargle cannabis mouthwash to protect ourselves from COVID-19. But these experiments ― in cell models, not even animals — that do not directly test whether the cannabis strains prevent SARS-CoV-2 from infecting cells should not, and do not, allow us to even dream of something so miraculous, as it is so early in the clinical development of the product’s life cycle. … [Read more...] about Gargling Marijuana?
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