Before getting to it, I just wanted to say that I have not yet listened to podcast 180 that this discusses, since I'm saving some up for a big drive I have next week. If some of this is discussed/addressed, I apologize and request that you move along.
Anyway, I'm pretty disappointed to see pills/drugs/whatevers as a product advertised on the podcast. Based on what I can see from their website, they haven't been FDA evaluated, and may be nothing more than placebo effect "performance enhancers."
I certainly haven't seen the demographic surveys that detail the age groups of listeners, but I should think that there's a fair amount of listeners that are pretty young, it seems as though pills ordered online would have potential to send a bad message to kids. Something like "take drugs to be better at things" doesn't seem like something kids should hear. I can't help but wonder if there aren't better available sponsors for the podcast.
I don't think anything is wrong with it, they clearly said supplements. If someone impressionable enough is listening to the podcast and not be able to make an informed decision, fuck 'em. They'll be supporting RT when they buy the stuff, and will be able to figure out for themselves if it works or not.
Personally I would love to buy some and try it out, but they're a little costly for my tastes.
Ok so you said, "I can't help but wonder if there aren't better available sponsors for the podcast." This would imply that you believe that there is a list or something that they choose sponsors from, and this is simply not true. They don't have a massive catalogue to choose from, they get contacted by a potential sponsor and trade advertisement for some kind of compensation. If you don't like the company/product that is sponsoring them, then just ignore that advertisement and enjoy the wacky conversations.
Alpha brain is just like any other vitamin, it's not designed to give you super powers an whatnot, I've been using it for over 3 months an I can definitely say, you can notice a difference when you forget to take it. Also works great in conjunction with any other hangover remedies haha
fucking idiot. the 4 key ingredients in it are one that's found in milk, one that's found in cheese, one that's a glutamic acid found in tea and another protein that's found in cow brains. So essentially, we're looking at some very convincing snake oil.
Eat some cheese, drink some milk with your tea, have a bit of beef and then chill the fuck out by not wasting your money on some shit snake-oil pills.
Placebo Effect. They really do think it's working, cause their brains are tricking them. If you replaced that pill they are taking with something that looks and tastes the same but has a completely different chemical makeup, they would still get the same effects.
You appear to be making quite a large assumption there. Have you tried them yourself? Unless you have, you aren't really in a position to call these pills full of shit, and really none of us are in a position to make an informed decision or statement about them. I for one, am reserving judgement on the pills until some kind of study is conducted.
Placebo Effect. They really do think it's working, cause their brains are tricking them.
Normally I'd agree but there's at least something there that's affecting their dreams like that. Not that I think it's some magic pill, but it is at least some nutritional supplement that seems to have an effect on the brain.
That's what i was thinking as well. They both are being affected by the same thing after taking the pills, and after reading the about on the site, it says nothing about the increase in dreams they observed , so at least in that aspect we can rule out the placebo effect.
Stranger things happened. Like how if some takes a sugar pill but think's it's Vicodin, they will feel less pain. Or how someone will a missing left arm can still feel pain when they are tricked into seeing a left arm that their brain believes is theirs.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc3CmS8_vUI <-- Phantom Limb pain, shows how your brain can make you believe things that don't exist. Also the vid has Ramachandran's sweet mustache, god damn that man is bringing it back
The placebo effect only happens if the subject expects something to happen. With your example, the subject is told they will be given vicodin, and so expect the pain killing relief. Here, the placebo effect can be ruled out for the increase in dreams because that specific effect is never mentioned on their site, so the subject is not expecting it to happen, and consequently, the placebo effect will not happen.