HBH 42: Alexander the Great's Amazing Life and Mysterious Death
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
1w ago
Alexander was a prodigy in all things military and administrative, as unaccountably great in his own field as Mozart was in music or Michelangelo in art. By age 32, he had conquered the mightiest empire ever known and extended the boundaries of his kingdom to the edges of the known world. Against men, beasts, and entire armies, Alexander never lost a battle. But in the prime of his life and the apex of his power, he became ill and soon died. What, exactly, conquered the greatest conqueror the world had ever known? Infectious disease? Battle wounds? Prodigious drinking? Neurological or heredita ..read more
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HBH 40: King Tut's Mysterious Mother and her Mysterious Death
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
2M ago
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 sikness, 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/20 ..read more
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HBH 39: The Death of King Tut
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
3M ago
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 ..read more
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HBH 38: Anaximenes and His Air Get Their Due
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
4M ago
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.    ..read more
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HBH 37: Anaximander of Miletus
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
6M ago
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.     ..read more
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HBH 36: The Greek Dark Ages, The Archaic Age, and Thales the Wise
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
6M ago
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.      ..read more
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HBH 35: Dyatlov Deaths on Dead Mountain 2
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
8M ago
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 ..read more
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HBH 34: The Radioactive KGB Yeti UFO Bear on the Mountain of Death
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
9M ago
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 ..read more
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HBH 33 The Fundamental Nature of Physical Reality
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
10M ago
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 bor ..read more
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Schedule Announcement
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
11M ago
To my esteemed listeners -- I apologize for not keeing you updated better. I am in the process of moving and setting up a new studio. As any of you who have attempted a remodel m-- especially recently -- know, it is an involved and protracted process.  The new studio should be set and ready to go, and my next episode released on the weekend of April 9-10, 2022.  I apologize for the delay, and appreciate thosw of you who have reached out to let me know how much you look forward to the next. The next few episodes should be very amusing, so stay subscribed and I will be back in April ..read more
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