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Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak heâs received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marxâs Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail.
"[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring contradictions in our attitudes and actions." âMother Jones
"Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ekâs compellingly persuasive insights into the current refugee explosion…could not arrive at a more urgent time."âCounterPunch
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This episode does not feature any sound collages or clips, except for one clip from a youtube video called "Slavoj Zizek Reacts," and the song Raggle Taggle by A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
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The guest this week is Mark Fisher. Fisher is the author of the book Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life (writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures). Fisher is also the author of an essay on the hit television show Breaking Bad for the New Humanist magazine and it’s this essay which will be the subject of this week’s podcast.
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To set up this interview I thought I’d paste in an excerpt from Mark Fisher’s essay:
Who needs religion when you have television? On soap operas, unlike in life, villainous characters almost always face their comeuppance. TV cops may now be required to have âcomplicatedâ private lives and dubious personal ethics, but weâre seldom in any serious doubt about the difference between good and evil, and on which side of the line the maverick cop ultimately falls. The persistence of the fantasy that justice is guaranteed â a religious fantasy â wouldnât have surprised the great thinkers of modernity. Theorists such as Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Marx argued that atheism was extremely difficult to practise. Itâs all very well professing a lack of belief in God, but itâs much harder to give up the habits of thought which assume providence, divine justice and a secure distinction between good and evil.
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How Fasting and Exercise is Good for Your Brain Mark Mattson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Senior Investigator, NIH
Chief, Laboratory of Neurosciences, NIH
Chief, Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences Section, NIH
The current research findings concerning the impact of eating on brain health, particularly the evidence that long-standing obesity and diabetes are detrimental to the brain during aging, and animal studies show that moderate and intermittent fasting can protect brain cells in experimental models relevant to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and stroke. Research also shows that the structural and neurochemical changes that occur in the brain in response to dietary energy excess/diabetes and intermittent fasting that may explain, at least in part, how eating affects brain health and susceptibility to disease.
Learn more about Dr. Mattson
Read "Energy Intake and Exercise as Determinants of Brain Health and Vulnerability to Injury and Disease" and article on Sciencedirect.com
NIH’s National Institute on Aging: Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences Section
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