Understanding science

Learn more about how to improve your understanding of science, including interpreting research, and the science (and pseudoscience) behind it.

#270 ‒ Journal club with Andrew Huberman: metformin as a geroprotective drug, the power of belief, and how to read scientific papers

This paper basically addresses how our beliefs about the drugs we take impacts how they affect us at a real level, not just at a subjective level, but at a biological level.” —Andrew Huberman

#269 – Good vs. bad science: how to read and understand scientific studies

I think epidemiology has a place, but I think the pendulum has swung a little too far, and it has been asserted as being more valuable than I think it probably is.” —Peter Attia

#266 – AMA #50: Genetics: how they impact disease risk, what you can do about it, testing, and more

With how much uncertainty there is in genetic testing, I just think everybody needs to be thoughtful about it before they do it.” —Peter Attia

How failures in study selection can sink a meta-analysis

Mixing apples and oranges and winding up with garbage

#249 ‒ How the brain works, Andrew’s fascinating backstory, improving scientific literacy, and more | Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.

I want to communicate the beauty and utility of biology. I want to do that by being a teacher and a storyteller.” —Andrew Huberman

How much control can we really have in studies on animals?

A 40-year-old study shows that animals’ emotional states can impact physiology, a reminder that they are more complex and individual than we often give them credit for.

Lean mass loss on GLP-1 receptor agonists: a downside of the “miracle drugs”

Clinical trials have generated impressive data on the effects of GLP-1 agonists on body weight and BMI, but how do these drugs perform in terms of body composition?

Screen time and children’s cognition: a question of context

A recent review suggests that screen time may not be as bad for infants as many of us may think – but only under the right circumstances.

medical advice

When it comes to medical advice, is less always more?

To the general public, the trial-and-error process of science and medicine may erode confidence, but without it, we’d have no science and medicine at all.

Small steps toward improving research reliability

Unfortunately, scientific publishing is riddled with myriad problems, many of which likely can’t be solved without completely rethinking current processes and the underlying research culture. However, there are still small, short-term changes that are relatively easy to implement and can yield meaningful improvements in research integrity.

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