Archive for August 2020

The writers of Westworld reference the book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, which proposes that humans until the about 12000 BCE experienced life believing their inner monologues were voices that instructed and admonished them. Evolutionary biologist Dr Rutger Vos and psychoanalyst Dr Noga Ariel-Galor discuss representations of consciousness in science and pop culture. Featuring guest appearances of Homeric heroes, Woody Allen, The prophets of the Bible, The Byrds, Noam Chomsky, Anna and Elza, Donald Rumsfeld, Debussy, Josh Wink, and Petra the African Gray.

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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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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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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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Compared to movies about male-female romantic relationships 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), through their 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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