Episode 179: William James's Psychology (Part Two)

Continuing on Psychology, the Briefer Course (1892), completing "The Stream of Thought" and covering the chapter on "Habit." James thinks that psychologists focus too much on those parts of consciousness that get picked out by substantive words. He describes habit as part of a general natural pattern that things that happen once tend to create pathways for themselves in surrounding material to allow the same thing to happen again more easily. Be careful what you do, because your organism is recording all of your bad behavior and corrupting your character! Start with part one or get the ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!  End song: "Drowning Mind (feedback overload)" by AMP, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #57.

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