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. Centaurs, satyrs, the minotaur, mermaids, werewolves, Ganesha, and on and on. In our time, science has progressed to the point where hybrid creatures have started to become possible, whether as chimaeras of different stem cell lines or knocked out and spliced model organisms. What do want and fear from these developments?  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  
The tension between the big city and the bucolic village has existed since settled societies were formed. In this episode, we explore the depiction of the European countryside in movies: the clichés, imaginations and twists. PhD candidate Anke Bosma joins Rutger and Gil to share about her research, which covers that topic and was turned into the idea for this episode by Anke. We rely on the movies Hot Fuzz (2007), Welcome to the Sticks (2013), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and A Man Called Ove (2015). 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  
The android hosts in the series Westworld are programmed to emulate consciousness using a 'bicameral' model: the left side of their brain processes voices generated in the right half, voices that instruct and admonish them. The show writers reference a book (The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind) that proposes that earlier people operated similarly, at least up until the Late Bronze Age collapse when the current, more integrated sense of self was adopted via cultural evolution. The unusual theory is totally at odds with both the thinking in biology, which assumes that human consciousness is simply the gradually evolved outcome of primate cognition on steroids, and in psychoanalysis, which conceptualizes consciousness as layered. In this episode, evolutionary biologist Dr Rutger Vos and psychoanalyst Dr Noga Ariel-Galor discuss representations of consciousness in science and pop culture. How did the Homeric heroes think? And the antiheroes of Woody Allen? The prophets of the Bible? Featuring guest appearances of 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  
How does an ongoing violent national conflict influence a one-on-one therapy session between two people on opposite sides of this conflict? Is the conflict that's out there detrimental to therapy? How can therapy work in such conditions? Our very own Dr. Noga Ariel-Galor shares her research with Gil, talks about the Israel-Palestinian conflict in particular, and national, ethnic and racial conflicts in general.   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  
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112
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1
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3 days, 10 hours
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