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Consciousness and the inner voice

Consciousness and the inner voice

August 31, 2020

The android hosts in the series Westworld are programmed to emulate consciousness using a 'bicameral' model: the left side of their brain processes voices generated in the right half, voices that instruct and admonish them. The show writers reference a book (The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind) that proposes that earlier people operated similarly, at least up until the Late Bronze Age collapse when the current, more integrated sense of self was adopted via cultural evolution.

The unusual theory is totally at odds with both the thinking in biology, which assumes that human consciousness is simply the gradually evolved outcome of primate cognition on steroids, and in psychoanalysis, which conceptualizes consciousness as layered. In this episode, evolutionary biologist Dr Rutger Vos and psychoanalyst Dr Noga Ariel-Galor discuss representations of consciousness in science and pop culture. How did the Homeric heroes think? And the antiheroes of Woody Allen? The prophets of the Bible?

Featuring guest appearances of The Byrds, Noam Chomsky, Anna and Elza, Donald Rumsfeld, Debussy, Josh Wink, and Petra the African Gray.


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Research: How The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Affects Therapy

Research: How The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Affects Therapy

August 24, 2020

How does an ongoing violent national conflict influence a one-on-one therapy session between two people on opposite sides of this conflict? Is the conflict that's out there detrimental to therapy? How can therapy work in such conditions? Our very own Dr. Noga Ariel-Galor shares her research with Gil, talks about the Israel-Palestinian conflict in particular, and national, ethnic and racial conflicts in general.

 


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“Peace” Between Israel and the UAE: Ending a Conflict That Never Was

“Peace” Between Israel and the UAE: Ending a Conflict That Never Was

August 17, 2020

In a completely unexpected announcement, Israel and the United Arab Emirates made peace. The development between the eternally warring neighbors is especially surprising because they are not neighbors and have never really been at war with one another. Also, is it really a peace deal or is it a deal to cancel annexation? Just for now? Gil and Rutger discuss.

 


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Game of Thrones and History: The Interbellum Period

Game of Thrones and History: The Interbellum Period

August 10, 2020

The story of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones begins in an interbellum period, meaning: a period between two great wars. Looking back, there are interesting parallels between the first part of the story and the view towards the White Walkers and the views that some politicians in Europe espoused to avoid another conflict at all cost. Rutger and Gil discuss the similarities as well as the historical lessons.


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The Evolution of Male Friendships in Movies

The Evolution of Male Friendships in Movies

August 3, 2020

Compared to movies about male-female romantic relationships and and movies about female friendships, there's a dearth of movies about male friendships. We highlighted three of those movies to explore what they teach us about male relationships throughout life, from childhood friends (Good Will Hunting, 1997), early 30s (I Love You, Man, 2009) and then into full-blown adulthood (The Nice Guys, 2015). Therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron again to break it all down.

 

 


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