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Consciousness and the inner voice

Consciousness and the inner voice

August 31, 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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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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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 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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Talking To A Beautiful Mind:  Conversation w/ A Schizophrenic

Talking To A Beautiful Mind: Conversation w/ A Schizophrenic

June 29, 2020

What do we know about schizophrenia? What do we know about the lived experience of those who suffer from it? Should we treat them as sick weak people, or as people with their own abilities and ways of viewing the world? We have a very special guest on this episode, David Israel Cohen, a schizophrenic who break down with Gil Kidron the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russel Crowe, depicting the life of schizophrenic math legend, Nobel Laureate John Nash, the Father of Game Theory.


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Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies

Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies

June 22, 2020

Disney movies have a surprising number of characters who are coming out of some sort of lockdown, after going through voluntary or, more often, involuntary social isolation. In this episode, therapist Noga Ariel Galor and Gil Kidron explore the different kinds of exit strategies and challenges, as depicted in movies such as Frozen, Tangled, Moana, The Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Up, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and more. What are the difficulties, the pitfalls, the opportunities, and straight-up dangers?


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Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

May 25, 2020

Westworld has a lot of philosophical and psychological themes and elements, and in this episode therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron to breakdown how Westworld season 3 addressed the relationship between our bodies and our minds, how separate or integral they are to each other, as well as the differences between free will and having a choice between options.


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Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change

Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change

October 14, 2019

What is the underlining ideology of the the movie Joker, and what's its stance regarding the ability of different populations to work together for the common good? In our first podcast review of Todd Phillips' Joker, starring Joaquin Pheonix, therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron on the podcast to psychoanalyze the way the movie portrays the masses and their relationship with the 1%, through Sigmund Freud, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Donald Winnicott and Jessica Benjamin.


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Tarantino’s Obsession With DEATH: Psychological Review

Tarantino’s Obsession With DEATH: Psychological Review

September 2, 2019

In our first podcast review of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood we talk about the death instinct in this movie and in the Tarantino filmography in general. And for this happy occasion we host our very own Noga Ariel Galor, on her first podcast appearance! She gives us the psychoanalytical angle on the various deaths in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: death of careers, characters, actual people who are about to die, people who actually died but are spared in this movie, and above all - the upcoming death of Tarantino's film career. 


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