IGA037: Aging Differences: Men vs. Women: Who Wins??


This episode digs into many topics (tangents??) as Lee takes a journey into exploring the different ways men and women age. He goes into detail about why these gender differences may exist and/or what may be causing them. Lee builds a solid case for his ending conclusion that women have to bare a greater burden in how our culture has depicted aging. Along the way to these conclusions, Lee talks about how “Placebos” have been used to influence our thinking, and the trickery of statistics, both of which provide intriguing side notes that contribute to a deeper understanding. This is definitely one for those who may be more intellectually inclined. But even if you find this level of detail boring, there are enough chuckles here to make it worth your while.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • What are Lee’s four F’s of Life?
  • The trickery of Statistic and why stats should never be trusted.
  • What is “Cultural Placebo”?
  • Why learning about gender differences in aging is useful.

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Problems hidden by Statistical Data

The following videos (taken from YouTube) explain and demonstrate many of the concerns mentioned in this episode in interpreting statistical conclusions. These two videos will open the door to other information and links for continued exploration and learning in this area.

Very clear explanation and examples of Simpson’s Paradox.

This video gives several examples where statistical approaches yield entirely the wrong result.

The Placebo Effect

Start your research and exploration into this area with the following links and resources. From here, depending on your interests, you will find other avenues to follow for further reading or viewing.

“If you tell a person they have just rubbed against poison ivy, when they really have not, many of them will develop some kind of rash.”

Stanford professor, athlete, and psychologist Alia Crum investigate how our mindset can affect health behaviors and outcomes.

Although this video doesn’t mention cultural stereotypes as a form of placebo, it does give many eye-opening placebo forms you may not have considered before.

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