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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

    Introducing The Next Big Idea

    Introducing The Next Big Idea

    What would you do with an extra $1,000 of FREE MONEY every single month? Would you start a savings account for retirement? Would you go back and finish your degree? Or would you just spend it on your dream vacation? This is the question Democratic Presidential Candidate, Andrew Yang, wants every American to answer. Listen to Wondery’s The Next Big Idea at wondery.fm/TheNextBigIdea4
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    • 9 min
    A Very Historically Blind Christmas II: Father Christmas

    A Very Historically Blind Christmas II: Father Christmas

    This year, I look at various personifications of the Christmas holiday, from the mock kings of antiquity to the very complicated evolution of the holiday's modern poster boy, Santa Claus. It's a story of ancient gods and goddesses, mischievous elves, and a legendary saint, and how they all got mixed up and baked into one colorful holiday treat! 
    Much of the Christmas music on this episode, including the tracks “Wish Background,” “Deck the Halls A,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “O Holy Night,” by Kevin MacLeod and available at incompetech.com. Rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Jingle Punks available through the Youtube Audio Library. Additional music, including the tracks “Holiday Gift,” “Nothing (Bonus Track),” “Something (Bonus Track),” “Brooks,” and “Daedalus,” by Kai Engel and available at freemusicarchive.org. All music licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
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    • 37 min
    PATREON MINISODE: Alfred Russel Wallace; Man of Science, Man of Pseudoscience

    PATREON MINISODE: Alfred Russel Wallace; Man of Science, Man of Pseudoscience

    This is a re-release of a patron exclusive mini-episode that I produced as a companion to my episode on Holocaust denial earlier this year. If you want access to an ad-free feed and extra content like this, visit Patreon.com/HistoricalBlindness and pledge at whatever tier you can.
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    • 16 min
    Shadow of the Werewolf, Part Two: The Salve and the Sabbat

    Shadow of the Werewolf, Part Two: The Salve and the Sabbat

    In the conclusion of my Halloween series on werewolves and the 2019 pre-hiatus finale, I go further into the lore, considering the connection between werewolfery and insanity and the influence of Early Modern witch hunts on the conception of the werewolf. Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com for images and links. Hope this one makes you howl...
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    • 46 min
    Shadow of the Werewolf, Part One: Killer on the Road

    Shadow of the Werewolf, Part One: Killer on the Road

    In the first part of my especially spooky Halloween series, I begin a hunt for the true nature of the werewolf, looking at its roots in antiquity and mythology and the evolution of the notion through folklore and etymology. In this first installment, I explore werewolf claims in relation to real wolf attacks, trace the idea of their vulnerability to silver, and suggest that the werewolf may have first been a metaphor for savagery and cannibalism later applied to murderers who acted more as animals than men and were punished as such. Happy October! Look for part two before Halloween!
    WARNING: Listeners sensitive to such content should be advised that this episode contains vivid descriptions of violence against women and children. 
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    • 38 min
    The Chronological Revision Chronicles, Part Three: The Hardouin Conspiracy and the Newton Piracy

    The Chronological Revision Chronicles, Part Three: The Hardouin Conspiracy and the Newton Piracy

    In the final installment of this in-depth series, I move away from modern Russian revisionists to look at some classical revisionists who were otherwise highly respected as scholars but whose revised timelines and claims of vast conspiracy reflect poorly on their legacies. This episode leads me more into the science denial of revisionists, the mythological and religious basis of much chronology, and the historical blindness at the heart of our understanding of ancient history. Visit the blog at historicalblindness.com for images, citations, and links to further reading. 
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    • 43 min

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