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History, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology. The podcast that attempts to resurrect sense and meaning from the dust of a billion factoids.

The History of Being Human Noel Armstrong

    • History
    • 4.9 • 107 Ratings

History, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology. The podcast that attempts to resurrect sense and meaning from the dust of a billion factoids.

    HBH 40: King Tut's Mysterious Mother and her Mysterious Death

    HBH 40: King Tut's Mysterious Mother and her Mysterious Death

    Even King Tut had a mother. Once. And not for very long, it seems.
    This episode is actually several mysteries in one. Who was King Tut's mother?  Why did she die, esecially so young? Was it sickness, childbirth, accident, or murder most foul?
    A story of 18th Dynasty Egypt, tomb robbers, trauma before and after death, sneaky priests and vile heretics, sprinkled with rather dry medical research.
    Links: Tour of KV 35, where Younger Lady was found (down to the exact chamber): https://youtu.be/AzhDlLrwEZ0
    Photos of the Younger Lady including facial reconstruction: https://melissaindenile.com/2021/06/07/mummy-monday-the-younger-lady/
     

    • 36 min
    HBH 39: The Death of King Tut

    HBH 39: The Death of King Tut

    Tutankhamen died at 19 years old. No one is sure why or how.  His tomb, his mummy, and his DNA offer some tantalizing clues, but no definitive answer.  
    Here is the life and death of one of the best known mummies, from one of the least known Pharohs, in ancient history; a dive deeper than any other podcast is capable or willing to take. 
    It is a tale of sorrows and pains, of bizarre family dynamics, of deformities and deat, and of intrigue and possible murder.
    In the end, we answer what can be answered about the life and mysterious death of the most famous of all Pharaohs, King Tut.

    • 47 min
    HBH 38: Anaximenes and His Air Get Their Due

    HBH 38: Anaximenes and His Air Get Their Due

    The third and final member of the Milesian school, once considered the weak little sister of the philosphers, now appreciated in all his Air-udite glory.
    This is his story, as we have it, which may or may not correlate roughly to some things he actually said or did.
    As a synthesizer of the works of Thales and Anaximander, he held onto the best and abandoned the worst of their ideas, and in so doing became a father of empirical science. 
     

    • 24 min
    HBH 37: Anaximander of Miletus

    HBH 37: Anaximander of Miletus

    Today we take a long, hard look at the great Anaximander, the second member of the Milesian School, and possibly one of the most influential thinkers of all time. 
    The first metaphysician, the greatest astronomer of his age, the teller of time and builder of colonies, the man who dared disagree with his teacher and mentor and ended up transcending his theories, is here presented to you in all his glory.
    Such as it is.
     
     

    • 31 min
    HBH 36: The Greek Dark Ages, The Archaic Age, and Thales the Wise

    HBH 36: The Greek Dark Ages, The Archaic Age, and Thales the Wise

    In this episode we begin a series on the beginnings of "Western" thought and science. We start with the catastrophy of the Mycenean Collapse, the Greek Dark Ages, and the Archaic Age, then continue with a discussion of Miletus and its most revered citizen, Thales.
    Thales has left his mark on the planet with his work. As a brilliant sage whose ideas were the beginnings of science, he helped set a trajectory for all future generations of philosophers and scientists. 
     
     

    • 47 min
    HBH 35: Dyatlov Deaths on Dead Mountain 2

    HBH 35: Dyatlov Deaths on Dead Mountain 2

    Today, part 2 of the Dyatlov Pass mystery. What killed the 9 expert, fit trekkers on Dyatlov Pass in 1959?  Is the mystery finally solved?
    In this episode we dig deep and look hard into what we can know about what happened to the ill-fated expedition.  
    FF to 53:45 if you want the TL;DR version of the episode. Or, if you want to know the why behind the what, we spend the better part of an hour building our case -- for the intrepid listener only!
    Guaranteed to be the most detailed study of the incident available by Podcast, or you get doble your money back!
    Enjoy!
    Picture of "The Yeti" from Tibo's camera:
    https://dyatlovpass.com/camera-thibeaux-brignolle  (look at image 17)

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

quasimoto12 ,

I listen religiously!

It’s a great day when Noel puts amour another podcast. Love the delivery of information and the format. Mad respect for the work and detail that goes into these.

Crowell iTunes ,

Great philosophy-history podcast

This is just a a brilliant podcast. The series on the historical Jesus was utterly fascinating and totally new to me. The stuff on Mao was terrific but really it all is. I don’t like the interview pods as much, but just listening to Armstrong tell stories and speculate and philosophize is healthy entertainment time and again.

The most recent episode on the TX Tower Shooter was particular insightful I thought, and a good example of the HOBH wheelhouse, s story told well and then interrogated for clues of the human condition.

Travellervet ,

Who couldn’t like this show?

Truly. One of the best podcasts out there. I listen to shows multiple times. Great presentation, narration, humour and choice of topics. Noel is my hero. I turn all my friends onto this podcast.

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