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THINGS HIDDEN 48: Jean-Michel Oughourlian on Mimetic Desire in the Global Pandemic

In this latest THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell sit down with returning guest, Jean-Michel Oughourlian, the co-author of Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. Mr. Oughourlian talks about his two upcoming books Alterity and The Work that Heals. How do we reconcile individuality and collective identity, especially in the light […]

THINGS HIDDEN 44: Why We Want with Luke Burgis

THINGS HIDDEN! David Gornoski sits down with Luke Burgis, the author of Wanting, for a conversation on the anthropology of desire. Luke and David talk about the introduction to the work of Rene Girard; rivalry in relationships; mimesis in social media; the untold story about Ferrari and Lamborghini; the physics aspect of mimesis and its […]

THINGS HIDDEN 38: Mimetic Narratives and Symbols in Economics

David Gornoski is joined by the returning Burke Peters for a new THINGS HIDDEN conversation. Burke Peters talks about his recent article on economics and desire; the connection between narratives and symbols to economics; the mindset behind the demands for coercive market regulations; how the Gospel builds a high trust society; the housing market crisis; […]

Beyond reason: What really motivates our choices

This essay was originally published at WND.com on February 25, 2016. A few years ago I used to write for WND under the pen name David Hanson. I derived the name in honor of my maternal great-great-great, etc. grandfather John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Besides being […]

THINGS HIDDEN 32: How Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory Informs Economics

THINGS HIDDEN! David Gornoski is joined by Q from Mimetic Value. How do we get valuable economic insights using the toolkit of Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory? How much of what we call identity is actually mimetic desire? Does mimesis dictate the value of an object? How has Jesus’ crucifixion led to the questioning of paradigms, […]

THINGS HIDDEN 29: Andrew McLuhan on Marshall McLuhan, Rene Girard, and How Media Becomes Us

David Gornoski sits down with Andrew McLuhan, director of the McLuhan Institute and grandson of Marshall McLuhan. The two discuss the overlaps between Marshall McLuhan and Rene Girard; how Marshall McLuhan rose to fame; the relation between technology and language; pandemic mask-wearing as a theatrical gesture; how changes in technology impact desire; and more. How […]

Overcoming Envy, Violence, and Victimism

Join David Gornoski as he comments on the latest news stories such as the recent Hunter Biden-related development; Jeff Bezos stepping down from Amazon CEO; COVID vaccine development and controversy; Wall Street on high alert after GameStop; and more. David also comments on the work of Tom Holland and compares it to Rene Girard in […]

Desire and Conflict, Trail Thoughts

David Gornoski starts the episode by commenting on the state of discontent created by the government and big corporations that give rise to social conflict. How do we avoid the media narrative that draws us all into conflict and scapegoating? Join David as he analyzes the latest news surrounding the rigging of past and present […]

Trail Thoughts: Where Does Our Help Come From?

Alec Klein and Eric Kampmann return for a new segment of Trail Thoughts. In this episode, they reflect on the poorly run Presidential election. The two points us to scripture which says, “My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” Eric expands on this verse by telling us of his interaction with […]

THINGS HIDDEN Film Series: Uncovering the Victims

David Gornoski, host of A Neighbor’s Choice radio show, sits down with pastor Jim Fitzgerald for a groundbreaking conversation on the early years of Christianity in the Middle-East and North Africa; Rene Girard’s anthropological reading of Christianity; Christianity as the anti-myth that deconstructs the mono-myths; the “founding murder” of civilization; human desire; and more. How […]