Very Bad Wizards

Episode 146: Sore Losers (Does Sports Make Us Unhappy?)

August 21st, 2018  •  1 hr 12 mins  •  Download (67 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Is being a sports fan irrational? Does it lead to more suffering than happiness? David and Tamler discuss a recent study that suggests the answers to these question is "yes." But does the study really capture what it means to be a sports fan, and how it can contribute to our well-being? And does science in general have the tools to truly measure the costs and benefits of rooting for your favorite teams? Plus, we talk about The Nation apologizing for publishing a poem written in Black English Vernacular, and introduce a dramatic new segment: "Guilty Confessions."