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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jan 31, 2022

On episode 118, we welcome neuroscientist and literary scholar Angus Fletcher to discuss literary tools for personal character development; how literature can be therapeutic and spark creativity, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote personal growth; why archetypes in storytelling don’t exist and stories are actually helpful adaptations to various environments; the downsides of formulaic thinking and why uniqueness leads to true success; how stories help us foster positive traits through inspiration and guidance and why we ought to mainly focus on developing them; Angus’ work with the US military and helping them cultivate more creative strategies; how professional wrestling helped Leon become a better podcaster; and the importance of trusting our intuition despite not knowing where it stems from.

Angus Fletcher is a professor of story science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative, the world’s leading academic think-tank for the study of stories. He has dual degrees in neuroscience and literature, received his PhD from Yale, taught Shakespeare at Stanford, and has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed academic articles on the scientific workings of novels, poetry, film, and theater. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has done story-consulting for projects for Sony, Disney, the BBC, Amazon, PBS, and Universal and is the author/presenter of the Audible/Great Courses Guide to Screenwriting. Today we will be discussing his book, Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature.  | Angus Fletcher |

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