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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
    • 4.8 • 106 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 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
    HBH 34: The Radioactive KGB Yeti UFO Bear on the Mountain of Death

    HBH 34: The Radioactive KGB Yeti UFO Bear on the Mountain of Death

    This is actually the story of the Dyatlov Pass deaths of 1959 -- an event that remains mysterious and controversial to this day.  9 healthy Russian Athletes on a ski trip die under stange circumstances.  The location and conditon of the bodies is both distrubing and bizarre.  Many conspiracy, supernatural, and naturalistic explanations have been attempted with varying levels of acceptance.  None accounts for every fact.  
    Today, the events and people in this riveting mystery. Next episode, the theories and explanations.
    See the group's pictures and read their diaries.  View maps and 3D models of the scene. Check the timeline.  This website is an excellent and enthralling resource:
    https://dyatlovpass.com

    • 49 min
    HBH 33: The Fundamental Nature of Physical Reality

    HBH 33: The Fundamental Nature of Physical Reality

    There are some things you just have to know to keep up with the headlines. Things that, in some cases, provide crucial insights into who we are and how we and the universe we are part of work.  
    It might be that a big picture concept of the fundamental building blocks of reality is one of those things.  
    If you, like me, really want to understand something about physics, but find yourself thwarted at every turn by boring, overly-technical, confusing, and poorly organized presentations, allow The History of Being Human Podcast to throw its hat into the ring.
    What follows is my own boring, confusing presentation of some key ideas, presented as only a naive mind can.  All I can say in my defense is that you really just have to know this.  Or not.

    • 34 min
    HBH 32: The Texas Tower Tumor of Terror

    HBH 32: The Texas Tower Tumor of Terror

    Today we cover the story of Charles Whitman, the erstwhile normal and successful young scout, altar boy, and marine sharpshooter who, in the course of 24 hours, killed his mother and wife, climbed the tower at UT Austin, and sniped at innocent civilians for an hour and a half. After he was killed, his autopsy revealed, possibly, a structure that might or might not bear on one of the biggest mysteries about humanity -- are we free to choose our own actions, or are our actions decided by factors outside our voluntary control?
    A somewhat disturbing story about the evil perpetrated by one very disturbed young man, so caveat auditor. 


    https://youtu.be/Q1uTdkQwsBk

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 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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