Very Bad Wizards

Episode 205: Making Your Nervous System Your Ally (William James on "Habit")

01.26.2021 - By Tamler Sommers & David PizarroPlay

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Ever wonder why you’re still listening to VBW all of these years? Or why you check your phone 50 times a day? Or why you put on your pants the same way every morning? (If you still wear pants these days.) David and Tamler talk about William James’ essay on habits, why they’re so powerful, and how you can make your nervous system your ally instead of your enemy. Plus, a shocking new neuroscience study reveals that we remember and share funny stories more than boring ones. Sponsored By: Physical Attraction: Physical Attraction is a podcast about physics, but it is also more broadly about science, technology, climate change, and other scientific issues we face in modern society. Check out the over 200 episodes, which include stand-alone discussions as well as interviews with a series of great scientists, scholars, and authors reflecting on the history and future of science and technology. GiveWell: Givewell searches for the charities that save or improve lives the most per dollar. Consider a donation this holiday season--your dollar goes a lot further than you might think! Promo Code: verybadwizards BetterHelp: You deserve to be happy. BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. Our listeners get 10% off the first month by visiting Promo Code: VBW Support Very Bad Wizards Links: Scariest Movies of All Time - Based on Science! | The Science Of Scare | Broadbandchoices New Study Finds that Delivering the News with Humor Makes Young Adults More Likely to Remember and Share | Annenberg School for Communication Political Humor, Sharing, and Remembering: Insights from Neuroimaging William James - Wikipedia The Principles of Psychology - Wikipedia Chapter 4 Habit by William James

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