EPISODE 425: The Science of Sin

The seven deadly sins are: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Religious or not, most of us would like to avoid these behaviors, but modern technology has made the temptation almost irresistible.

How do you not overeat with such brain-triggering processed foods laden with sugar, fat, salt, and flavors? How does a pubescent boy not spend hours a day down a black hole of online porn? And is it any wonder that binge-watching Netflix series has become the norm?

The moral path has always been a challenging one,but right now, it’s nearly-impossible. On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the neuroscience behind these behaviors.

Listen in to learn:

  • How pornography lights up dopamine centers
  • How anonymity online enables wrath and envy at disproportionate levels
  • Why in some cases, the best way to avoid this bad behaviors is through engineered avoidance
  • How to understand your brain chemistry so you can adapt to the modern world

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Neuroscientist, writer, and personality on a mission to understand the inworkings of the Human Brian. He’s the author of two books, Sort Your Brain Out and The Science of Sin.

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