I came across an article this week about the UCI's tests on anti-doping, noting that the winner of the 2017 Tour of Spain (and the Tour de France, this year and those prior), Chris Froome, failed one urine test. His levels of Salbutamol were 200% that of the legal maximum concentration in his urine. Both A and B samples confirmed the result. Froome talks about having a chronic … [Read more...] about Do Salbutamol and Beta-2 agonists improve athletic performance?
Culture is central to civilisations and groups. Through culture we keep a history that the group shares. This can include traditions that old generations pass on to the young ones, or books of knowledge that also last through time. Culture is not something that a baby possesses when he or she is born. It's knowledge a person acquires. When we say "this person is cultivated", it … [Read more...] about The dual meaning of Culture
Children sometimes feel like minutes last for hours, while adults feel like hours last for minutes. We live in the continuum of time, a unit that can be more of less intuitive to understand and measure. In this post we discuss a few notions. What is time? … [Read more...] about Grasping the notion of time
This week the World Health Organization issued a release on the fact that more people feel depressed and that it's somewhat of a taboo subject. So let's talk about it :) … [Read more...] about Why is depression a taboo subject?
There are many ways to clear our mind, to start the day with mental clarity and finishing it feeling we made good use of time. One of them is to meditate through sport. Modern society is putting stress on body and mind through constant interruptions, something we'll discuss more in the coming months. After a cold month of January, which included some running but no cycling, I … [Read more...] about How to meditate through sport
Voltaire writes in Candide "All this is well said but we must cultivate our garden". It is of course not about gardens. Or is it? … [Read more...] about On gardening
Stieglitz nails it in the review of 21st century economics from Thomas Piketty. Capitalism works, it's the only economic system that funnels the human energy. We need success to be rewarded and failure to change. However, we are not born with equal access to education, resources. Capitalism needs to tactfully redistribute the cards, to create an even playing field. Financial … [Read more...] about Democracy means inequality within reason