The Jordan Harbinger Show

461: Erik Vance | The Curious Science of the Suggestible You

Erik Vance (@erikvance) is an award-winning science journalist and author of Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

What We Discuss with Erik Vance:

  • How the human tendency for patternicity can be used to inoculate ourselves against pain, but also make us believe we've been abducted by space aliens.
  • The placebo effect vs. the nocebo effect.
  • The power of false memories and the "Satanic Panic" phenomenon of the 1980s.
  • How our brains twist reality to match expectations, and how it fits into our evolutionary model for survival.
  • Why Erik paid a Mexico City witch doctor to curse him -- for science!
  • And much more...

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