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New blog post on error-bars and confidence intervals.
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New blog post is up. Please let me know what you think!
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Hey Keith, looks good. I have a couple of quick questions - what's the literature look like on steroids and the subject of recovery? Whenever any big scandal in BJJ or MMA hits re:steroids, usually the argument the offender's camp or their defenders will make is that "Well, it was just for post-fight recovery" - now I'm not naive enough to assume that's not just a blatant cop-out/lie in many cases, but would this be a medically plausible excuse? In general, the 'less down time' justification comes up a lot.

I think your ethical take on this issue is a little different than mine. For me it's due to the dynamics of the zero-sum game nature of competitive sports when performance enhancers are included, coupled with their health risks. If they're allowed (or just not tested for), then for most mere mortals they become a necessity to compete (because you'll always be out-matched by people using them). This indirectly means any user causes harm to all other competitors by making them take health risks to 'have a shot,' and the advantage vanishes as soon as all are on the PED level.

If the enhancer had only good effects and no negative effects I think you could make the argument (though I'm not sure I would agree in principle) that this element of fundamental indirect harm would be removed from the equation. Maybe then it becomes equivalent to a post-workout BCAA shake or a creatine supplement for competitive lifters? Of course, the advantages in those cases are arguable, so maybe a better analogy would be world records getting shattered by advances in swimsuit technology?
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2012 - present