Pod Academy
Human-Animal Hybrids in Movies

Human-Animal Hybrids in Movies

September 14, 2020

Human imagination has been rife with creatures that are part human and part animal ever since we started to express ourselves artistically as a species, and all the way to modern sci-fi stories. Centaurs, satyrs, the minotaur, mermaids, werewolves, Ganesha, and on and on.

In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos review three movies that depict human-animal hybrids: Prometheus (2012), Splice (2009), and The Lobster (2015). With guest appearances from Ripley, The Beatles, a very expensive orca, Jeff Goldblum (but not in The Fly), Frankenstein, Leonard Nimoy, Napoleon Dynamite, and the chestburster from SpaceBalls.


Visit our website: https://www.ourpodacademy.com


To become a friend of the show: https://patreon.com/podacademy


For a one-time donation: https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurPodAcademy


Send us an Email to: us@podacademy.com

 

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.


Visit our website: https://www.ourpodacademy.com


To become a friend of the show: https://patreon.com/podacademy


For a one-time donation: https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurPodAcademy


Send us an Email to: us@podacademy.com

 

Game Theory in Cold War Movies

Game Theory in Cold War Movies

May 4, 2020

When you interact with someone else and you have to decide whether to cooperate with them or cheat them, the difference between the choices can sometimes be expressed in simple cost/benefit analyses. If we are generous with each other we might both reap the rewards. But maybe cheating is cheaper - unless you punish me for it. The mathematical analysis of these choices is called game theory. Extrapolate that to the Cold War.

In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos explore four movies on this topic: A Beautiful Mind (2001) about the life and times of John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory, and three Cold War nuclear stare-down movies, Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Fail Safe (2000), and War Games (1983).


To become a friend of the show: https://patreon.com/podacademy


For a one-time donation: https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GOT_Academy


Follow Rutger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rvosa

Biological Apocalypse in Movies

Biological Apocalypse in Movies

April 13, 2020

Hollywood's disaster movie industry has created the sub-genre of biological apocalypse movies, which are now more relevant than ever. In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos talk about movies that depict scenarios that were once farfetched but are now mostly just exaggerated.

in 12 Monkeys (1997) a deadly virus wipes out 5 billion people, 28 Days Later (2002) follows a "rage virus" that we gave to animals and then they infected us with is which led to a total breakdown of society, and Contagion (2011) famously depicts how the Chinese animal industry got us all into lockdown and social distancing.


To become a friend of the show: https://patreon.com/gotacademy


For a one-time donation: https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GOT_Academy


Follow Rutger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rvosa

Malicious Code Injection in Movies

Malicious Code Injection in Movies

April 6, 2020

Both nature and computing are at certain levels digital. Code organized in discrete symbols (DNA bases, bits) can be understood, decoded, and manipulated. But do we understand these systems well enough to meddle with them?

In this episode, Dr. Rutger Vos explores this question in a review of three movies: The Imitation Game (2014), Jurassic Park (1993), and Independence Day (1996). And, how will our ability to manipulate these codes affect our fight against the coronavirus?


To become a friend of the show: https://patreon.com/gotacademy


For a one-time donation: https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GOT_Academy


Follow Rutger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rvosa

Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

March 23, 2020

Scientists from all over the world are working tirelessly on three fronts: 1. testing 2. treatment 3. vaccine. In this podcast, Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron and details where we're at now, how does it work and what is being done in order to get to the Holy Grail that will save humanity from the virus that has upended civilization and will win the Nobel prize.

To support Got Academy on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/gotacademy

Or to give Got Academy a one-time support through PayPal:
https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy

Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

March 16, 2020

As the world changes so rapidly because of the spread of the Corona virus, it is a time for us humans to take stock of the society we have created for ourselves and make decisions about the world we want to live in moving forward. After this historical ongoing event, some conventional wisdoms and ideological dogmas will have to be cast aside. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron for a conversation about the world after the Corona pandemic.

To support Got Academy on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/gotacademy

Or to give Got Academy a one-time support through PayPal:
https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy

The Jungle in Movies

The Jungle in Movies

February 17, 2020

The jungle has long been a very attractive topic in movies and books, with its unstoppable nature teeming with mysterious and dramatic creatures and plants. In this episode, Dr. Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron to talk about the jungle from a scientific perspective, as well as about how it is perceived in the human imagination.

We explore the topic through five movies: Apocalypse Now (1979), Avatar (2009), Apocalypto (2006), Jungle Book (2016) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016). One fictional jungle and jungles in Latin America, India, Africa, and South East Asia. 


Visit our website: https://www.ourpodacademy.com

Or to give a one-time support through PayPal:
https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy

Corona Virus Epidemic: Dr Rutger Vos on the Science and Politics

Corona Virus Epidemic: Dr Rutger Vos on the Science and Politics

February 3, 2020

The coronavirus 2019-nCov has been spreading out in the world and in the headlines. But what is a coronavirus anyway? Should we be worried? In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos (a biologist) discuss some of the basics of this thing that's going around (Is it alive? How is it structured?) and the search for some of the essential facts-on-the-ground (How fast does it spread? How lethal is it?). We also look at some of the social and political implications: the current events have led to very unfortunate outbreaks of another thing - racism against mainland Chinese people, who already have to undergo a very heavy-handed, dystopian government response.

The Expanse Science: How Can a New Planet Sustain Life?

The Expanse Science: How Can a New Planet Sustain Life?

January 6, 2020

In an offhand remark, The Expanse claims that other forms of life are possible, such as forms based on silicon rather than carbon. How plausible is that? And what else would need to be in place? You'd need liquid water, for one. In fact, a whole bunch of things would need to fall exactly into place. Things that are on the one hand rare - but given the enormous numbers of stars and exoplanets would still occur many times. So where are all the aliens?

In this podcast, Gil and Rutger talk about habitability and the origin of life. Rutger is an evolutionary biologist at the national natural history museum, Naturalis, and Leiden University, both in The Netherlands. He probably knows a little bit about the topic. Gil, on the other hand, knows a lot about watching shows and asking the right questions. Together they scan the popular culture for science and history topics.


Support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/gotacademy

Or give a one-time support through PayPal:
https://www.paypal.me/gotacademy


Got Academy on social media:

▸ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqBYWvKcQCk5JbRQbO05X0w
▸ Twitter https://twitter.com/GOT_Academy
▸ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gotacademy/


Rutger Vos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rvosa

Play this podcast on Podbean App