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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 […]