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; we neglect those "fringe" parts that are harder to pick out specifically. Do elementary particles have "habits"? James describes habit as part of a general natural pattern in which 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!
End song: "Drowning Mind (feedback overload)" by AMP, from their newly released album, Q Factors (a mixtape). Richard Amp was interviewed about this album for Nakedly Examined Music #57.
Our treatment of this book continues with ep. 180.