The Learning To Die Podcast
#32 w Dr Caitlin Duffy on horror literature in our society

#32 w Dr Caitlin Duffy on horror literature in our society

May 30, 2022

In this episode of the learning to die podcast I am joined by Dr Caitlin Duffy

Caitlin graduated with a PhD in English Literature from Stony Brook University. Her dissertation focused on exploring the ways that 19th-century American gothic literature works to define liberalism and contemporary American horror films react to/define/challenge conceptions of neoliberalism.  She has been published in The Journal of Dracula Studies, Poe Studies, and a collection of essays on Trump in fiction. As a graduate student, she used her blog as a space for my comprehensive exam notes. You can read it here https://caitlinduffy.hcommons.org/blog/

Caitlin's work at Sublime Horror https://www.sublimehorror.com/author/caitlinduffy/

You can follow Caitlin on Twitter @caitduffy49

Here are a bunch of items we discussed in this episode, in no particular order. I hope you enjoyed the episode

Blúiríní Béaloidis 21 - Samhain / Halloween (With Dr. Billy Mag Fhloinn)

https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/blu-iri-ni-be-aloidis-21-samhain-halloween-with-dr/id1227741013?i=1000455434902

Head full of ghosts by Paul Tremblay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Head_Full_of_Ghosts

About Charles chestnut https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_W._Chesnutt

Po Sandy by chestnut https://chesnuttarchive.org/item/ccda.works00014

Silas Weir Mitchell 1829-1914 a biographical memoir

http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/mitchell-silas.pdf

Physician Silas Weir Mitchell is perhaps best remembered for his “Rest Cure” for nervous women, depicted by his onetime patient Charlotte Perkins Gilman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/01/go-rest

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce1842– 1914 was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and American Civil War veteran. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce

His works we discuss

One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly (1787) mirrors the social and political temperaments of the postrevolutionary United States.

https://www.amazon.com.au/Edgar-Huntly-Sleep-Walker-Charles-Brown/dp/0140390626

Why Horror Seduces by Mathias Clasen https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/mobile/view/10.1093/oso/9780190666507.001.0001/oso-9780190666507

Abraham Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author who is celebrated for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker

Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Something-Blood-Untold-Stoker-Dracula/dp/1631493868

Dracula https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula

Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a Walt Disney movie from the 1950s. It was one of Sean Connery's first movies.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darby_O%27Gill_and_the_Little_People

Barbian L, Sledzik PS, Reznick JS. Remains of War: Walt Whitman, Civil War Soldiers, and the Legacy of Medical Collections. Mus Hist J. 2012;5(1):7-28. doi:10.1179/mhj.2012.5.1.7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3381362/>

Walt Whitman and the Civil War https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/walt-whitman-and-civil-war/

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#31 w Prof Gordon Marino on Ukraine and the Red Line Gamble

#31 w Prof Gordon Marino on Ukraine and the Red Line Gamble

April 29, 2022

In this episode, we welcome back Gordon Marino. Gordon earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from Columbia University. His areas of specialisation include History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Kierkegaard. He teaches philosophy and related courses as a professor at St. Olaf College and holds a position as the curator of the Kierkegaard Library. In 2018, Marino published his most recent book, The Existentialist’s Survival Guide. He has authored and co-authored numerous works, including Kierkegaard in the Present Age. His articles have appeared in internationally acclaimed news sources and periodicals such as The Atlantic MonthlyNew York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and the American Poetry Review. Follow Gordon here https://www.existentialistscorner.com/

In this episode, we discuss

Order Gordon's book here “The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age”https://www.amazon.com.au/Existentialists-Survival-Guide-Authentically-Inauthentic/dp/0062435981

Follow Gordon on Twitter @GordonMarino

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#30 with Tommy $: From California to Ukraine a pre departure story of a soldier

#30 with Tommy $: From California to Ukraine a pre departure story of a soldier

April 14, 2022

In this episode, we catch up with @tommysantospn, AKA Tommy $, to discuss his previous role as a combat medic in the 82nd Airborne Artillery https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/82nd_Airborne_Division_Artillery.

His journey of self-development from his time in the military to attaining two master's degrees since then. However, this episode is primarily focused on Tommy's new quest. Tommy is going to Ukraine on a mission. 

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#29 w Robb Wolf: Saving Ourselves from Safetyism

#29 w Robb Wolf: Saving Ourselves from Safetyism

March 15, 2022

What an episode; we were thrilled to have Robb Wolf on the podcast. This was a great discussion led by Ciaran. Robb was scheduled to come on for 60 minutes but kindly stayed for 90 minutes. In this episode, we discussed many things today: the pandemic, diets, wokeism, environment, climate change, war, politics, and much more. 

If you recognise Robb's name, you're not mistaken. He has been on the JRE podcast at least three times. He is a former research biochemist and a two time New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of the Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat. He is a brown belt in BJJ (Robb, on his love of BJJ https://youtu.be/l_HcfDWuozA)has fought as an amateur kickboxer. Find out more about Robb here and his podcast at https://robbwolf.com/

His recent work with Diane Rodgers can be accessed here https://www.sacredcow.info/about-sacred-cow. They recently appeared on the JRE podcast episode #1784 to discuss this work https://open.spotify.com/episode/0r7MbKFhtLf9RLOahCT1gU

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#28 The Ukraine Crisis and the Question of Freedom

#28 The Ukraine Crisis and the Question of Freedom

March 8, 2022

In this episode, Ciaran and I reflect on what is happening in Ukraine and the potential outcomes. If you have listened to our previous episodes you will know we have discussed Nuclear near misses. Will this be Nuclear war? Are we about to embark on World War III or a Cold War II? Is it East versus West all over again. More importantly, how the f$ck did we get to this. 

Links to items we discuss 

Jordan B Peterson on D-I-E must DIE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq2rBE5zwAs 
 

The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-return-of-holy-russia-apocalyptic-history-mystical-awakening-and-the-struggle-for-the-soul-of-the-world_gary-lachman/22995467/#edition=24585393

 

ON UKRAINE, THERE’S NO WAR THAT EMOTIONAL HASTINESS CAN’T MAKE WORSE https://gript.ie/on-ukraine-theres-no-war-that-emotional-hastiness-cant-make-worse/

The second coming by WB Yeats
 
Check out Ciaran's writing work at Areo on this subject and more
 
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#27 with Dr Rachel Menzies ”Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society”

#27 with Dr Rachel Menzies ”Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society”

February 21, 2022

In this episode, we speak to Dr Rachel Menzies. Rachel is a clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is currently practising in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Rachel completed her Honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, winning the Dick Thompson Thesis Prize for her work on death anxiety and its relationship with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Rachel completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology and her PhD at the University of Sydney. Rachel has published extensively on the causes of various disorders, including depression, OCD, panic disorder, illness anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder and specific phobias, as well as on gender differences in anxiety.

Rachel was featured in The Conversation Yearbook 2016, a collection of the top 1% of ‘standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers. Rachel is the lead editor of the book Curing the Dread of Death: Theory, Research and Practice, published by Australian Academic Press in 2018. In 2019, she released her second book: Tales from the Valley of Death: Reflections from Psychotherapy on the Fear of Death. In 2021, Rachel released Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society.

Rachel has delivered workshops on death anxiety and its relation to anxiety and mood disorders across 7 Australian cities. This 2019 national tour was hosted by the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). In addition to her clinical work, Rachel currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow and guest lecturer at the University of Sydney.

 

In this interview, we discuss Rachel’s new book Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society. We thoroughly enjoyed this book, and, in this interview, we explored many topics from religion, funeral practices, health, vitamins, and much more. If you are interested in Ernest Becker’s work around the Denial of Death https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Denial_of_Death or Terror Management Theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory , then you will love this book. Highly recommended and easy to read.

Order your copy today

https://www.amazon.com.au/Mortals-death-shaped-human-society-ebook/dp/B0967TDPZR

https://www.booktopia.com.au/mortals-ross-menzies/book/9781760879167.html#:~:text=The%20ground%2Dbreaking%20book%20that,other%20species%20throughout%20our%20evolution.

 

All of Rachels publications can be found here https://rachelmenzies.com/publications/

Contact Rachel at rachelelizabethmenzies@gmail.com and see her website at https://rachelmenzies.com/

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#26 Ven Dr Buddharakkhita on Buddhism, Engineering, Afterlife and Woke Culture

#26 Ven Dr Buddharakkhita on Buddhism, Engineering, Afterlife and Woke Culture

February 4, 2022

Ven Dr Buddharakkhita is an Irish native, BSc & PhD from University College Dublin with a Diploma in Buddhism from ITBMU Myanmar. He has enjoyed a successful engineering career in semiconductor chip fabrication. He has practised meditation extensively in lay life since childhood. He was first ordained in 2006 in the Theravada Forest Tradition with two decades of training with renowned meditation masters across a range of practices. He has more than 30 years of experience living, working and practising meditation in Europe, US, Asia and Australia. His teaching has been well received.

Emai Buddharakkhita on : knowtheheart@gmail.com 

Knowing the heart talk on YouTube https://youtu.be/09SCzptegoE

Gratitude talk on YouTube  https://youtu.be/oIohofxuIZc 

In this episode we discuss 

Buddharakkhita's background, education and his path to Buddhism

Specialisation versus Generalised approaches

Philosophize this Podcast https://www.philosophizethis.org/ 

Ricky Gervais show "Afterlife" https://youtu.be/JDtJhIQSdao and https://youtu.be/jpiM2z9ARm4  John Stuart Mills https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill 

Ian's coming to God and Ciaran's experience with meditation 

Marks of Existence in Buddhism

The Perils of Politicizing Science, Anna I. Krylov, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2021 12 (22), 5371-5376, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01475 Read here https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01475?ref=pdf&

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#25 Jonny Dillion on Irish Mythology and Folklore

#25 Jonny Dillion on Irish Mythology and Folklore

January 22, 2022

Jonny Dillon is from Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland. He works as an archivist at the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, is a research editor for the Collection’s online platform Dúchas.ie, produces and hosts the Collection’s podcast Blúiríní Béaloidis (Folklore Fragments) and is Honorary Treasurer to the Folklore of Ireland Society. He releases instrumental acoustic guitar music under his own name, and produces records of electronic music on analogue synthesisers and drum machines under the pseudonym of 'Automatic Tasty'."

In this episode, we discuss so many things including how Walt Disney visited the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin before he made Darby O'Gill and the Little People https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052722/ we discuss the Banshee, the Irish underworld, sweat lodges, the integration of science, the sacred and mythology, the changes in Irish culture, philosophy, conflict, psychedelics, fairy forts, music, Irish language and much more......

Links to pursue 

 

Short videos

Fairy Forts: A great insight into Fairy Forts in Ireland. This place is not far from where I grew up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyuXi_jsPvg This video is entertaining and highly recommended.

 

Owneygat Cave Ireland https://youtu.be/ZB0vottAVWw

 

In Honour of Tradition - Jonny Dillon

The past may be forgotten but it does not die, for the voice of the past is present, and speaks to us today. In the disordered confusion of the modern age this voice is often lost to us, but those who are still and who strain to listen, will hear it as it echoes to us through Time, for the voice of Tradition is never silent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBI97Z0iud4

 

Additional audio material we discussed

Uberboyo YouTube channel with a series of lectures on Aion https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvohnwo84dIluwLTzNB9xncnfg5SiadB0

 

The Almanac of Ireland Podcast https://www.rte.ie/radio/podcasts/series/32164-the-almanac-of-ireland/

 

Folklore Fragments podcast on fairy forts: In fields, valleys, and quiet places the country over can be found countless earthwork mounds, cairns, tumuli, and other signs of early human habitation in Ireland. These sites often garnered supernatural associations in the folk tradition, is commonly understood as the abodes of 'Na Daoine Maithe' (The Good People) or fairies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2OjysP7ids

 

A Week in Darkness: The Purest Medicine, Aubrey Marcus Podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewq7r1s535c

 

People we discussed

René Descartes 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650 was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist who invented analytic geometry, linking the previously separate fields of geometry and algebra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes

 

Heraclitus: A Greek philosopher who was active around 500 BCE, Heraclitus propounded a distinctive theory which he expressed in oracular language. He is best known for his doctrines that things are constantly changing (universal flux), that opposites coincide (unity of opposites), and that fire is the basic material of the world. The exact interpretation of these doctrines is controversial, as is the inference often drawn from this theory that in the world as Heraclitus conceives it contradictory propositions must be true. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/heraclitus/

 

Robert Gordon Wasson (September 22, 1898 – December 23, 1986) was an American author, ethnomycologist, and Vice President for Public Relations at J.P. Morgan & Co http://www.gordonwasson.com/

 

Books

The Matter with Things ~ Iain McGilchrist Volume I and II here https://channelmcgilchrist.com/the-matter-with-things/

 

The Banshee The Irish Supernatural Death-messenger https://www.bookdepository.com/Banshee-Patricia-Lysaght/9780862784904

 

Irish Wake Amusementshttps://www.amazon.com/Irish-Wake-Amusements-Sean-Suilleabhain/dp/1856351734

 

Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age https://www.amazon.com.au/Nihilism-Root-Revolution-Modern-Age/dp/1887904069

 

Finite and Infinite Games https://www.amazon.com.au/Finite-Infinite-Games-James-Carse/dp/1476731713>

 

The Crisis of the Modern World https://www.amazon.com.au/Crisis-Modern-World-Rene-Guenon/dp/0900588241>

 

The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-reign-of-quantity-and-the-signs-of-the-times-rene-guenon/book/9780900588686.html>

 

Places or items we discussed

Newgrange is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, it is the jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. https://www.newgrange.com/

 

Axial Age (also Axis Age) is a term coined by German philosopher Karl Jaspers in the sense of a “pivotal age”, characterizing the period of ancient history from about the 8th to the 3rd century BCE.

https://slife.org/axial-age/

 

Irish Sweathouses are small, rare, beehive-shaped, corbelled structures of fieldstones, rarely more than 2 metres in external height and diameter, with very small "creep" entrances which may have been blocked by clothing, or by temporary doors of peat-turves, or whatever came to hand. Most of those which survive could not have accommodated more than three or four sweaters. They resemble the small 'caves', built into banks, in which many Irish natives were reported to live in the seventeenth century http://irishmegaliths.org.uk/sweathouses.htm

 

Contact Jonny and follow his work

The Folklore of Ireland Society https://www.ucd.ie/irishfolklore/en/folkloresociety/ and at

https://www.duchas.ie/en

nationalfolklorecollection on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nationalfolklorecollection/

 

Bluiríní Béaloidis is the podcast from The National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, and is a platform to explore Irish and wider European folk tradition across an array of subject areas and topics. Host Jonny Dillon hopes this tour through the folklore furrow will appeal to those who wish to learn about the richness and depth of their traditional cultural inheritance; that knowledge and understanding of our past might inform our present and guide our future.

https://soundcloud.com/folklore_podcast

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#24: Professor Seamus O’ Mahony, Can Medicine be Cured?

#24: Professor Seamus O’ Mahony, Can Medicine be Cured?

January 11, 2022

In this episode we are joined by Professor Seamus O’Mahony. Seamus is a doctor and prize-winning author. He worked for many years in the NHS, returning to his native city of Cork in 2001, where he was a gastroenterologist and clinical professor until February 2020. His first book The Way We Die Now won the British Medical Association’s council chair’s choice award in 2017. His second book Can Medicine be Cured?  was published in 2019, and his latest book The Ministry of Bodies was published by Head of Zeus in March 2021. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books and the Medical Independent. He has written also for The Observer, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, and the Saturday Evening Post. He is a member of the Lancet commission on “The Value of Death” and is visiting professor at the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London.

In this episode, we discuss Seamus’s work around academia in science and medicine and aspects of death in our culture.

Here are some links to items or people we discussed

Robert Maxwell and academic journals https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Maxwell

The Lancet Commission on death https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(18)32388-2.pdf

The McNamara fallacy https://mcnamarafallacy.com/  

Documentary, The Fog of War  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317910/ watch here for free https://vimeo.com/434235852

Inverse care law https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse_care_law

The book called “To be a machine” https://granta.com/products/to-be-a-machine/

The Peril of Politicizing Science – A Scientist’s Take http://iopenshell.usc.edu/pubs/pdf/jpcl_opinion_2021.pdf?ref=brianlovin.com

What is medical humanities https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_humanities

Ivan Dominic Illich was a Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, and social critic.[1] His 1971 book Deschooling Society criticizes modern society's institutional approach to education, an approach that constrains learning to narrow situations in a fairly short period of the human lifespan. His 1975 book Medical Nemesis, importing to the sociology of medicine the concept of medical harm, argues that industrialized society widely impairs quality of life by over medicalizing life, pathologizing normal conditions, creating false dependency, and limiting other more healthful solutions. https://journals.psu.edu/illichstudies/about

Free article on his work medical nemesis https://jech.bmj.com/content/57/12/919

 

Books by Seamus

The way we die https://seamusomahony.com/books/the-way-we-die-now/

Can medicine be cured? https://seamusomahony.com/books/can-medicine-be-cured/

Seamus will be coming back in February or March to discuss the Lancet report on the value of death.

Contact Seamus or find out more at https://seamusomahony.com/

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# 23: Mind Manifest Podcast on the Relationship of Sleep & Psychedelic‘s

# 23: Mind Manifest Podcast on the Relationship of Sleep & Psychedelic‘s

December 9, 2021

This week we bring you an external interview. In this episode, I was interviewed by Niall from the Mind Manifest Podcast on the Relationship of Sleep and Psychedelics.

Full episode show notes over at https://www.mindmanifestpodcast.com/news/iandunican

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