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Historical Blindness is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and misconceptions. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, host Nathaniel Lloyd searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

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Historical Blindness is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and misconceptions. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, host Nathaniel Lloyd searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

    The Mushroom Kingdom: The Entheogen Theory of Religion

    The Mushroom Kingdom: The Entheogen Theory of Religion

    In this last full episode of the year before my holiday special, I tackle an alternative view of religion and history with some academic chops that also indulges in a great deal of conspiracy theory: the idea that all religion was actually inspired by the use of hallucinogens. 
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    Find a transcript of this episode with source citations and related imagery at www.historicalblindness.com sometime before the release of the next episode.
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    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch, which make perfect gifts! 
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness.
    Some music on this episode is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), including "Cold War Echo," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Comatose," "Daylight PON II," "daemones," and "Oneiri."
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    • 54 min
    Patreon Release: PlyMYTH Rock

    Patreon Release: PlyMYTH Rock

    Hi listeners! As a Thanksgiving treat, I'm releasing a patron exclusive minisode relevant to the holiday that I released two years ago on Patreon. Sign up to support the podcast on Patreon and you can get minisodes like this between each release, making this a weekly podcast.
    In this piece, I discuss the myths surrounding the landing of the Pilgrims and how they have been used as a handy metaphor throughout U.S. history.
    Some music on this episode, including "Remedy for Melancholy," "Denouement," "Salue," and "Maree," is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0).
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    • 12 min
    Technological Angels: The Religious Dimension of UFO Belief

    Technological Angels: The Religious Dimension of UFO Belief

    In this coda to my recent series, a capstone to my coverage of this topic generally and a transition to upcoming comics, I look at the syncretism of religious beliefs and UFO mythology, examining man's tendency toward religious experience as a theory of the origins of UFO claims.
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    Find a transcript of this episode with source citations and related imagery at www.historicalblindness.com sometime before the release of the next episode.
    Pledge support on Patreon to get an ad-free feed with exclusive episodes!
    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch, which make perfect gifts! 
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness.
    Some music on this episode is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), including "Remedy for Melancholy," "daedalus," "Comatose," "daemones," and "Seeker."

    Also featuring: "Spacial Harvest," "Dragon and Toast," and "Leaving Home," by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part Three - Bob Lazar

    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part Three - Bob Lazar

    In the feature-length conclusion to my series on UFO whistleblowers of the past, I look at the discredited Bob Lazar and his long debunked claims, and I show how the same people who promoted his hoax are literally behind David Grusch and his similar claims recently made before Congress.
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    Find a transcript of this episode with source citations and related imagery at www.historicalblindness.com sometime before the release of the next episode.
    Pledge support on Patreon to get an ad-free feed with exclusive episodes!
    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch, which make perfect gifts! 
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness.
    Some music on this episode is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), including "Remedy for Melancholy," "daemones," "Oneiri," and "Sentinel."
    Additional music licensed through Blue Dot Sessions under a blanket license active at the time of this episode's publication, including "Cicle DR Valga," "Cicle Vascule," "Access Road 442," "Black Ballots," "The Gran Dias," "Bauxite," "Cobweb Transit," " Matephysik," "Tarte Tatin," "Aloscape 2," "Invernen," and "Brimevil."

    Also featuring: "Leaving Home," "Spacial Harvest," "Twisting," and "Echoes of Time" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 2 hrs 2 min
    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part Two - Bill Cooper

    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part Two - Bill Cooper

    In the EXTRA-long second part of my series looking at the lack of credibility of previous UFO "whistleblowers" in order to evaluate the reliability of recent claims made before Congress, I look at Bill Cooper, who went from UFO hoaxer to OG conspiracy wacko. 
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    Find a transcript of this episode with source citations and related imagery at www.historicalblindness.com sometime before the release of the next episode.
    Pledge support on Patreon to get an ad-free feed with exclusive episodes!
    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch, which make perfect gifts! 
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness.
    Some music on this episode is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), including "Remedy for Melancholy," "Realness," "Oneiri," "Sentinel," "Chance," "daemones," "Cold War Echo," and "periculum." 
    Additional music licensed through Blue Dot Sessions under a blanket license active at the time of this episode's publication, including "Cicle DR Valga," "Game Lands," "Cicle Deserrat," "Preston and Carle," "Access Road 214," "Cherry Heath," "Lick Stick," "Invernen," "The Griffiths," "Cicle Gerano," "Delicates," and "Dusting."

    Also featuring: "Leaving Home" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part One - Donald Keyhoe and John Lear

    UFO Whistleblowers: An American Tradition, Part One - Donald Keyhoe and John Lear

    We haven't had a congressional hearing on UFOs since 1966. Recently, a whistleblower named David Grusch testified before Congress about a government cover-up of the spacecraft and alien bodies they've retrieved. But people have come forward claiming such things before. What can their stories teach us about how trustworthy Grusch's claims may be? 
    Direct all advertising inquiries to advertising@airwavemedia.com. Visit www.airwavemedia.com to find other high-quality podcasts!
    Find a transcript of this episode with source citations and related imagery at www.historicalblindness.com sometime before the release of the next episode.
    Pledge support on Patreon to get an ad-free feed with exclusive episodes!
    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch, which make perfect gifts! 
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness.
    Some music on this episode is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), including "Remedy for Melancholy" and "Cold War Echo"  
    Additional music licensed through Blue Dot Sessions under a blanket license active at the time of this episode's publication, including "Cicle DR Valga, "The Cornice," "Black Ballots," "Tarte Tatin," "Voyager," "Temperance," "Game Lands," "Service Road 237," "Delicates," "Access Road 138," "Curio" and "ZigZag Heart."
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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