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The History of Being Human

Dec 7, 2020

We have a lot going for us, which is why we are currently a very successful species.

But we have a lot of problems, defects, deficiencies, dysteleology, and outright glitches in our systems.

This episode, the first in a two part series on our glitches, catalogues some of the maladaptive elements that make us who...

Nov 23, 2020

There are countless stupid events, decisions, policies, and people in history, so it was a great surprise to see how easy it was to decide on the dumbest thing ever. It was, to put it bluntly, no contest.

The Great Leap Forward had it all -- poor planning, poor execution, newspeak, happy talk, brutal repression, and...

Nov 2, 2020

In this episode I get distracted while working on another topic. 

Because of that failure to focus, we cover the origins of left and right political ideologies, the beginnings of fascism, its symbolism, and what special recipe makes a fascist regime fascist. 

We also briefly discuss Antifa -- which is, depending on who...

Oct 6, 2020

Ok, so it wasn't a world-historical level disaster, or maybe even close to the dumbest thing humans have ever believed.

But it was pretty stupid.

Nations gripped by a fear of covens of witches, repressed memories of ritual Satanic abuse, demonic rock-and-roll, ouija boards stealing your soul, and don't forget those...

Sep 29, 2020

Today we embark down a very ignoble road and consider a few of the most dismal failures in history. 

We begin with a big one -- something that failed spectacularly, at a very high cost, creating misery and infamy in its wake: The People's Crusade of 1095-6!

Index of this episode, in case you want to skip to the...