Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water
53 min
Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.
History on Fire
History on Fire
Daniele Bolelli
EPISODE 67 Ripples of History
“If I knew the way, I would take you home.”  From the song Ripple by the Grateful Dead  “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” Bertrand Russell  “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Tao Te Ching  In most fields, we are taught that people in your same profession are your competitors, and you need to do whatever you can to prevent them from rising above you. In podcasting I found the opposite attitude—people helping each other out and doing whatever possible to facilitate things for other podcasters in the same field. In this spirit, today we’ll do something unique: six history podcasters cooperating, with each one tackling a segment, to create a super-episode together. As the host, yours truly will get the ball rolling setting the theme and offering some examples of ‘historical ripples’—events that end up having unforeseen consequences years, or decades, or centuries after they take place. Alexander Rader Von Sternberg (History Impossible) will chat about how a man who died feeling like he had failed to make his mark in history ended up—possibly more than any other—shaping the culture of several Asian civilizations. CJ Killmer (Dangerous History) will tackle the Bacon’s Rebellion and its ramifications. Sebastian Major (Our Fake History) will play with the myth and lasting impact of Homer’s telling of the Trojan War. Sam Davis (Inward Empire) will be discussing the impact of Henry David Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience on the Civil Rights Movement about a century later. And Darryl Cooper (Martyrmade) will make a case for the Japanese origin for suicide bombings in the Middle East.
2 hr 55 min
Congressional Dish
Congressional Dish
Jennifer Briney
Thank You Alaska
The Election is still not over but we did get some more results. In this bonus "thank you" episode, get updated on the election news before we thank the CD producers who are making this podcast possible. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links * Click here to contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal * Click here to support Congressional Dish for each episode via Patreon * Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com * Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney * Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com * Use your bank’s online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536 Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Articles/Documents * COVID-19 in Congress GovTrack * Article: Alaska becomes second state to approve ranked-choice voting as Ballot Measure 2 passes by 1% By James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, November 18, 2020 * House Results CNN * Poll Results Fox News * Article: Fox News 2020 Voter Analysis Methodology Statement Fox News, November 3, 2020 * Article: The part of Fox News that Trump likes least is the part that's most obviously objective By Philip Bump, The Washington Post, September 25, 2020 * Article: FiveThirtyEight’s Pollster Ratings FiveThirtyEight, May 19, 2020 * Article: 6 facts about U.S. political independents By John Laloggia, FactTank, May 15, 2019 * Document: Age and Sex Composition: 2010 United States Census Bureau, 2011 * University of Chicago Wikipedia * NORC at the University of Chicago Wikipedia * Chicago Boys Wikipedia Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
1 hr 22 min
The Dangerous History Podcast
The Dangerous History Podcast
Recorded History Podcast Network
Ep. 0214: A Civil-Religious Civil War?
Is the USA currently in the early stages of sectarian conflict over its civil religion? In this episode of the DHP, CJ rebroadcasts his 2016 Election Special on America's Civil Religion (in order to review the concept of civil religion & its manifestation in the United States); this is followed by new material, reflecting on how CJ's understanding of the American civil religion has changed somewhat since 2016. He then goes on to compare and contrast the current political conflicts in the US to the Protestant Reformation in 16th and 17th century Europe, as well as the pietist-vs-liturgical split in American Christianity in the 19th century, before wrapping up with some humble observations and suggestions for people who are (like CJ) nonbelievers in any civil religion & who want to weather the current conflicts as best they can. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links Hardcore History Episode 48: Prophets of Doom Full text of “Civil Religion in America” by Robert Bellah, first published in the journal Daedalus in 1967 "Religion, Morality, and American Politics" by Richard Jensen Classic George Carlin bit on why he doesn’t vote George Carlin on “Stupid Hat Shit” (Hilarious — talks about the fixation of both conventional religion & civil religion with headgear) Bob Dylan, “With God on Our Side” (An excellent, haunting, live recording of one of CJ’s favorite antiwar songs of all time; this song brutally exposes the American Civil Religion) “Election Outcomes Affect Testosterone Levels in Men” according to Scientific American Wikipedia’s summary of the United States Flag Code CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War by Harry Stout The Cult of the Presidency, Updated: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power by Gene Healy The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, Revised and Expanded Edition by Norman Cohn The Tailor King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster by Anthony Arthur The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson The War of the World: A New History of the 20th Century (DVD) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2 hr 11 min
Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
Sean Carroll | Wondery
124 | Solo: How Time Travel Could and Should Work
Time! It doesn’t stop, psychological effects of being under lockdown notwithstanding. How we experience time depends on our situation, but time itself just marches forward. Unless, of course, it’s possible to travel to the past, as countless science-fiction scenarios have depicted. But does that really make sense? Couldn’t we then change the past, even so dramatically that our own existence would never have happened? In this solo podcast I talk about both the physics and fiction of time travel. I point out that it might be allowed by the laws of physics, and explain how that would work, but that we really don’t know. And I try to make sense of some of the less-sensible depictions of cinematic time travel. Coming up with a logical theory that could account for Back to the Future isn’t easy, but podcasting isn’t for the squeamish. Support Mindscape on Patreon. But wait, there’s more! I was contacted by Janna Levin, who we fondly remember from Episode 27. Janna moonlights as Chair and Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works, an institution dedicated to bringing together creative people in art and science. Like the rest of us, they’ve been looking for ways to offer more online content in these pandemic times, so we thought about ways to collaborate. Here’s what they came up with: artist Azikiwe Mohammed has created an animated video backdrop to this podcast episode. The visuals are trippy, colorful, and inspired by (without trying to directly illustrate) what I talk about in the episode. You can check out a brief write-up at the Pioneer Works site, or view the video directly below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHy1j4LiyGQ
2 hr 42 min
Science Salon
Science Salon
Michael Shermer
144. Agustín Fuentes — Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being
Why are so many humans religious? Why do we daydream, imagine, and hope? Philosophers, theologians, social scientists, and historians have offered explanations for centuries, but their accounts often ignore or even avoid human evolution. Evolutionary scientists answer with proposals for why ritual, religion, and faith make sense as adaptations to past challenges or as by-products of our hyper-complex cognitive capacities. But what if the focus on religion is too narrow? Renowned anthropologist Agustín Fuentes argues that the capacity to be religious is actually a small part of a larger and deeper human capacity to believe. Why believe in religion, economies, love? Fuentes employs evolutionary, neurobiological, and anthropological evidence to argue that belief — the ability to commit passionately and wholeheartedly to an idea — is central to the human way of being in the world. The premise of the book is that believing is our ability to draw on our range of cognitive and social resources, our histories and experiences, and combine them with our imagination. It is the power to think beyond what is here and now in order to see and feel and know something — an idea, a vision, a necessity, a possibility, a truth — that is not immediately present to the senses, and then to invest, wholly and authentically, in that “something” so that it becomes one’s reality. The point is that beliefs and belief systems permeate human neurobiologies, bodies, and ecologies, and structure and shape our daily lives, our societies, and the world around us. We are human, therefore we believe, and this book tells us how we came to be that way. Shermer and Fuentes also discuss: * what it means to “believe” something (belief in evolution or the Big Bang is different from belief in progressive taxes or affirmative action), * evolution and how beliefs are formed…and why, * evolution of awe, wonder, aesthetic sense, beauty, art, music, dance, etc. (adaptation or exaptation/spandrel?), * evolution of spirituality, religion, belief in immortality, * Were Neanderthals human in the “belief” sense? * human niche and the evolution of symbolism/language, * evolution of theory of mind, * how to infer symbolic meaning from archaeological artifacts, * components of belief: augmented cognition and neurobiology, intentionality, imagination, innovation, compassion and intensive reliance on others, meaning-making, * dog domestication and human self-domestication, * Göbekli Tepe and the underestimation of ancient peoples’ cognitive capacities, * the development of property, accumulation of goods, inequality, and social hierarchy, * gender role specialization, * monogamy and polyamory, gender and sex, and continuum vs. binary thinking, * violence and warfare, * political and economic systems of belief, and * love as belief. Agustín Fuentes is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. He is an active public scientist, a well-known blogger, lecturer, tweeter, and an explorer for National Geographic. Fuentes received the Inaugural Communication & Outreach Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the President’s Award from the American Anthropological Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1 hr 40 min
Decoding the Gurus
Decoding the Gurus
Christopher Kavanagh and Matthew Browne
Russell Brand: Spiritual Transcendence and Anarchic Revolution is Praxis
Russell Brand is a hip bohemian Englishman on the path to enlightenment. And he likes the ineffable. Like, a lot. The decoders kinda like him too, despite the fact they really struggle to eff him at all. Really, Matt has no effing idea what he is babbling about most of the time, but Chris, being 'English-adjacent', seems to make a better job of it. Imagine smoking pot and talking big ideas with your precocious college room-mate at 2am in the morning. Now give him some methamphetamine, and you've got some idea of the fast-talking stream of consciousness that is Russell Brand. A pair of milquetoast moderates like Chris and Matt just aren't the right audience to properly appreciate the mystical anarchism that Brand advocates. It's probably got something to do with the limits of the bandwidth of their instruments of perception given that knowledge and wisdom are infinite and being-ness itself is.... Well, you get the idea. The lads also reveal some of the exciting progress of the podcast! In exciting news... DTG has broken into the top 100 podcasts! In the Culture and Society category... in Iceland. Regardless, come ride this unstoppable and frenetic juggernaut of mind-expanding concepts with us, and get these cosmic ideas downloaded directly into your squishy little brain! Links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk (Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand interview from 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyRCQEum_vI (The main 'Awakening of Russell Brand' interview with Rich Roll) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiRRJU0kU5Y (Short Video Update from Brand on 'What I think about This UK Election and Politics Today') Support this podcast
2 hr 5 min
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