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The History of Being Human

Jul 20, 2021

We continue our series on the Inquisition with the campaigns to suppress the Waldensians. These "Poor Men (and Women!) of Lyon" were known for their sandals and their beards; but mostly for their Christian piety, humility, and charity.  

So of course they had to die.

And die they did, in the tens, hundreds,...

Jun 29, 2021

In this episode we begin a full immersion experience into that most infamous of offices, The Inqusition. 

From the forces at play in the persecution society where it began, through a few early burnings, to the papal bull that started it all, we refuse to shrink from staring it in all its repressive sanctimony.

We also...

Jun 14, 2021

In this episode Steve Rathje, social psychologist specializing in social media and political polarization, explains to us why we are prone to conspiratorial thinking, and how we got into the state we find ourselves in Western societies. 

Virality, engagement, fake news, motivated reasoning, negativity bias, and much...

May 18, 2021

In this episode I speak to Professor Jan Bremer about human sacrifice. We touch on Greek, Roman, Maya, Indian, Aztec, Druid, Egyptian, Chinese, and other instantiations of this most intentionally terrifying of all practices.

Who were the victims?

How common was it?

What motivated it?

The answers, from Prof. Bremer, were...

Apr 25, 2021

Conclusion (at last) of a three-part episode on the ways our perceptions and processing distort reality.  For the stalwart (and patient) seekers of knowledge only.

0:00  Groupthink

6:13   Halo Effect

10:41  Just World Fallacy

17:21  Negativity Bias

22:16  Optimism and Pessimism Bias

27:19   Reactance

31:44  Self-Serving...