Posts

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 […]

Civilization, Science, Decency vs the Maddened Mob

Medical science was never a one-size-fits-all field, David Gornoski emphasizes as he comments on the government agenda to decree medicine. Does the Democratic party care about victims of sexual assault? Should medical science be subject to the logic of the crowd? How does government coercion via groupthink work from a psychological perspective? How do we […]

Science and U: Scientists Talk to Dreamers

“Scientists have ‘conversation’ with people during lucid dreams,” a new study published on Science Direct claims. Why do we dream? What is a dream? What happens in our brain when we sleep? Join Dr. Weiping Yu as he comments on this story. Why do people drastically change their lives after having near-death experiences? Is information […]

Science and U: Dr. Yu and Scott Adams on Loserthink

In this classic Science and U interview that aired on November 7, 2019, David Gornoski and Dr. Weiping Yu are joined by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and author of Loserthink. In Loserthink Scott Adams argues that untrained brains are ruining America. How is this phenomenon occurring? “It takes some humility to […]

THINGS HIDDEN 21: Jean-Michel Oughourlian Interview

In this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell are joined by Jean-Michel Oughourlian, psychologist and author of The Mimetic Brain. Oughourlian starts the discussion with an insider’s perspective as Girard’s collaborator and how he found breakthroughs in the field of psychotherapy upon studying mimetic theory. “The mirror neuron is something fantastic,” Oughourlian remarks, […]

THINGS HIDDEN 14: Memoirs of a Gaijin

  Dr. Paul Axton, theologian and host of the Forging Ploughshares podcast, sits down with David Gornoski to talk about his experience of living in Japan, the idea of shame in death, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and seeing Japanese culture through Christian eyes. While pointing out that Romans 7 is absolutely essential for understanding what it is to imitate […]

Jordan Hall on Rene Girard, the Gospel Technology vs. Myth

Technologist and public intellectual Jordan Hall joins David Gornoski, host of A Neighbor’s Choice, for a journey through sense-making in 2020. The conversation starts off with Peter Thiel’s comments on humanity reaching a technological stagnation after the moon-landing mission. Could this be due to lack of innovation in the world of atoms? asks David Gornoski. […]

Classic Interviews: Jordan Peterson on Christ, the Crowd, and René Girard

Back in 2018, David Gornoski caught up with the then rising psychologist Jordan Peterson right on the release day of his bestselling book ’12 Rules for Life.’ The two had an interesting conversation on political correctness, the left’s fetish for victimization, his book, and René Girard. Revisit that interview by watching the video above. David […]