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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 47: Christ Beyond Metaphysics with Anthony Bartlett

In this brand new THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Anthony Bartlett who talks about his new book Theology Beyond Metaphysics. Why do we need a theology beyond metaphysics? How is the Christian Logos radically different from its Greek predecessor? Is the world capable of critiquing violence without Christianity? Why does the old […]

THINGS HIDDEN 46: Thaddeus Russell on What’s Left with the Left

 For this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski sits down with Thaddeus Russell, historian and host of the Unregistered Podcast. Thaddeus Russell talks about his new book A Renegade History of the United States; the renegade university; the authoritarian trend of modern-day Leftism; the push to mandate experimental drugs; California’s transformation to a Red state; […]

THINGS HIDDEN 45: Prof. Peter Barber on How Jesus Differs from Myth

In this special THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski catches up with the author of Jesus and Myth, Professor Peter Barber. Together, they look into the world of religion and myths. Professor Barber talks about his introduction to the work of Rene Girard; how Christ subverts and inverts the pattern of ancient myths; how media plays […]

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 43: Forbidden Medicines with Leonardo Mercado

In this special THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski sits down with Leonardo Mercado and the two explore the connection between sacrificial religion, anthropology, and medicine; and how this connection still remains in our modern-day societies. Mercado also talks about the state’s reaction towards cannabis users; COVID treatment with generic medicine; the medicinal benefits of plants […]

THINGS HIDDEN 42: Reading Rene Girard During the COVID-19 Pandemic With Geoffrey Shullenberger

David Gornoski sits down with Geoffrey Shullenberger of the Outsider Theory podcast in this latest THINGS HIDDEN conversation. The two look at pandemic politics, the scapegoating of Trump, and cancel culture through the anthropological lens of Rene Girard. How does Girard’s paradoxical approach to religion undermine modern-day academia? Are we living in the most Girardian […]

THINGS HIDDEN 41: Mark Sunwall on the Kantian Origin of Our Present Chaos

In this special THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski sits down with Professor Mark Sunwall, an anthropologist and economist. Did Kantianism–the philosophical tradition passed down from Immanuel Kant–destroy western civilization? Did anthropogenic explanations for human institutions sow the seeds for our present state of chaos? Where did the postmodern theory of the social construct start from? […]

THINGS HIDDEN 40: Darren Beattie Battles DC Myths

In this thought-provoking THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Darren Beattie, political theorist and founder of Revolver.news. David and Darren Beattie talk about the religiosity of politics; the similarities between Wokeness and fundamentalist churches; the gnosticism of the liberal establishment; how the Leftist religion hates the body; why the Right always seems to […]

THINGS HIDDEN 39: Monica Paulus Escapes Literal Witch Burning

In this fascinating THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Monica Paulus, a native of Papua New Guinea who was accused of sorcery by her neighbors and family. Monica gives us a harrowing account of what it is like to be persecuted and hunted by a bloodthirsty mob. What are the reasons for these […]