History, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology. The podcast that attempts to resurrect sense and meaning from the dust of a billion factoids.
HBH 24: Polarization and Conspiracy Thinking
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 more are covered the way only Steve can explain them.
A long overdue episode 24 of HBH. But hey, it's summer, and we can finally travel, so it's better late than never.
HBH 23: Jan Bremer on Human Sacrifice
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 suprising. I will not say he is a human sacrifice skeptic, but he believes it was less common and less costly than sensationalized accounts would lead us to believe.
Art by Ian Armstrong
Music Icy Vindur by A. Himitsu
HBH 22: Fallacies, Biases, and Warped Reality
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.
6:13 Halo Effect
10:41 Just World Fallacy
17:21 Negativity Bias
22:16 Optimism and Pessimism Bias
31:44 Self-Serving Bias
34:41 Sunk Cost Fallacy
39:40 The Spotlight Effect
40:51 The Dunning-Krueger Effect as you never knew it
Art: Ian Armstrong
HBH 21: Our Distorted Reality
Today I begin a pedantic journey into the tragicomic ways our perceptions and judgments are altered and distorted by our own cognitive processes -- goofy, heartbreaking, and humorous all at once,
Index of topics included:
04:52 Anchoring Bias
08:59 Availability Heuristic
13:25 Backfire Effect
16:05 Barnum Effect
19:45 Belief Bias
23:06 Bystander Effect
27:22 Confirmation Bias and Belief Perseverance
Including Wm. Flinders-Petrie vs the Pyramidologists
33:56 Curse of Knowledge
35:10 Declinism aka Old Fartism
36:49 Framing Effects
40:06 Fundamental Attribution Error (Salience of the Actor)
I will finish the topic in a few weeks, but in order to not bore you to death with this laundry list, I will interject a few historical vignettes between now and then.
HBH 20: Conspiracy Theories and Cognitive Glitches
In which we continue to Dumbest things in history series by looking at some of the glitches in us that make them possible. And also that they are not the result of our lizard brain, because we don't have one.
In this episode, we cover conspiracy thinking and theories and the apophenia that makes them possible, including pareidolia, the gambler's fallacy, motivated reasoning, and of course our ability to talk ourselves into things through repetition.
HBH 19: Rasputin and the Romanovs
A bad decision for the ages--welcoming a pretentious narcissistic ignoramus into your family to weaken your already precarious hold on power, ignoring all warnings and thumbing your nose at the public outrage it engendered. And worse, taking said lecher's advice on all matters, sacred and secular, because he claimed it came from God himself.
It sounds like a path to disaster, as indeed it was.
In this episode we uncover what can be known about the life and strange death of Grigori Yefimovich Novykh, aka Rasputin, the so-called Mad Monk of Siberia and his tragic relationship to Tsar Nicolas II and his family.
Cover Art by Ian Armstrong
Audio of Vera Tiesler interview is fine
I love this series and have been listening for years. The last episode I listened to was the Vera Tiesler interview the beginning of which Noel profusely apologizes for the poor sound quality. I listened to the whole interview waiting for that poor audio... It never came. Don’t know what Noel was referring to but it was a great interview and easily in the ears.
Every Episode Draws Me In
I recommend this show to anyone that listens to podcasts LOVE IT !
Took me way too long to find this gem.