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Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Two years ago I was having dinner with a good friend, Rik Ganju. Rik is one of the smartest people I know. And one of the most talented, too—a brilliant engineer, a savant-like jazz musician, a comedic writer, and he makes the best coffee I’ve ever had (I may even share the recipe). As usual I was whining to him about something. This time it was my frustration with what I perceived to be a lack of scientific literacy among ...

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What I actually eat, part III (circa Q1 2014)

What I actually eat, part III (circa Q1 2014)

This week I had dinner at a great steakhouse in New York with a very good friend.  Like any two “normal” guys after a long day, all we could talk about was science, and on this particular night the topic du jour was NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for the non-cognoscenti).  We ate, we drank, and we shook our heads in disbelief at the thought of 7 million children in the United States being ...

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A podcast to ring in the New Year

A podcast to ring in the New Year

Last month I did a podcast with Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino. It went up today on Vinnie’s website and here is a link to it.

The interview doesn’t start until about minute 17 or 18 of the podcast, so you’ll probably want to start there, if not a bit later (say, minute 20 or so) once the intro is over.  We talk about a lot of things, in particular, physical performance and fat adaptation. Vinnie ...

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Got grit?

Got grit?

Last week a reader posted a link to this short talk from TED Talks Education. (You’ll want to watch it to understand the rest of the post.) I found the talk interesting, and in the talk Ms. Duckworth makes a reference to a Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, who has been very influential in my thinking about children and childhood learning.  In fact, when I became ...

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My 10 favorite TED talks

My 10 favorite TED talks

You may be thinking, “What does this have to do with nutrition? Or exercise? Or ketosis? Or the other things Peter obsesses over?”  Well, technically, nothing. But since this is a personal blog, I figure every once in a while I can write something for my friends or family members who have zero interest in nutrition or ketosis or VO2 maxes or FTP or RQ or LDL-P… (this list of folks is actually quite long!).

I remember the first time I ...

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Ketones and Carbohydrates: Can they co-exist?

Ketones and Carbohydrates: Can they co-exist?

For reasons I’m still struggling to understand, the idea of “nutritional ketosis” (NK, to be distinguished from starvation ketosis, SK or diabetic ketoacidosis, DKA) is often discussed and debated in much the same way as religion or politics. Perhaps this can be said of all nutrition, which is a shame.  Nevertheless, in my continued defiance of such sensitive topics, I’d like to add another layer of complexity and nuance to this discussion.

As I’ve written about before, I’ve spent much of ...

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