Show 319 - A Recipe for Caesar
1 hr 26 min
Does a global pandemic help break the spell of our bitter partisan conflict, or does it just raise the stakes? In the first CS show in years Dan wrestles with the Zeitgeist.
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
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
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
Blocked and Reported
Blocked and Reported
Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal
Episode 39: Are Monkeys Inherently Racist?, Is College-Obama A Creep?, And Other Pressing Matters
After the hosts celebrate a major achievement and Jesse goes on a little rant that is Super Political, Katie and Jesse delve into three stories of profound internet nonsense involving privileged white people doing antiracism, a Toronto editor VERY mad about a new broth-joint, and some of Twitter's most neurotic people getting super mad about Barack Obama's college conduct. Show notes/Links: The New York Times: G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html) The Phinney Neighborhood Association: Anti-racism work updates: Eliminating racist symbolism - https://www.phinneycenter.org/eliminating-racist-symbolism/ (https://www.phinneycenter.org/eliminating-racist-symbolism/) blogTO: New Toronto clothing store ditches broth bar after cultural appropriation complaints - https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/ (https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/) (Update: If it's down, try this cached link: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:p0Tmb1vnPZoJ:https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us (https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:p0Tmb1vnPZoJ:https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/11/toronto-clothing-store-ditches-broth-bar-cultural-appropriation-complaints/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us).) Twitter: "The way Obama writes about womehttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/us/politics/senate-intelligence-russian-interference-report.html)n here ... uh. Wow." - https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1328900134575480835 (https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1328900134575480835) Advertising links: http://getquip.com/BARPOD (http://getquip.com/BARPOD) for $15 off dental-product refills with a purchase from the Quip online store http://bambee.com/blockedandreported (http://bambee.com/blockedandreported) for a free HR-audit for your small business
52 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
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