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Know Thyself History Podcast

May 23, 2019

Today we stare into the hooked nose of a most troubling historical evidence of our capacity for hysteria: the witch craze.

How did witches go from being village wise women and cunning folk to enemy number one, a mortal threat to God and good Christians everywhere? How did burning old men and women for fun and profit...


May 14, 2019

Today we introduce our series on Mob Madness and Mass Delusions.

I speak to Rob Henderson, PhD student in psychology and Gates scholar studying moral psychology (not his own) at Cambridge University.

Topics include the physical pain of social ostracism, herd mentality, moral foundations theory, whether members of...


May 3, 2019

The bones of our ancient relatives and prehistoric ancestors bear the puncture wounds, scrapings, and bite marks that tell a horrifying tale of predation.

Who and what we are has been shaped by what we had to duck, run, jump, and hide from.  

But if you really want to know what preyed on us in the past, look no further...


Apr 16, 2019

In this episode we learn that we are tough to kill and hard to keep alive.

Within our sphere we are durable and resilient, but that sphere is very narrow indeed.

We survive catastrophes, searing heat, crippling injuries, and seemingly mortal wounds.

But could we survive in any other time and place than here and now?...


Mar 25, 2019

Our relationship with microorganisms is *ahem* complicated...mostly symbiotic, but often combative and, yes, fatal.

In this episode I speak with a physician on the front lines of the battle to the death between viruses, amoebas, and bacteria and their human victims.  

Dr. Mark Crisplin in an infectious disease doctor in...