HBH 56: The Psychopathography of Adolf Hitler
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
3M ago
Hitler was a failure who achieved the opposite of nearly all of his stated intentions.  But was he insane as well?   His life and legacy might argue he was, but what do the experts say? If he was insane, what was the diagnosis? And if he was not insane, how do you account for his actions? Was he a meth head, dragon chaser, narcissist, psychopath, schizophrenic, oedipal conflicted anal regressive, or what?   In this episode we explore the body of literature devoted to explaining the motivations and actions of Adolf Hitler, and ask the question of whether he should be explain ..read more
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Introductory YouTube Video
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
I have released my first TouTube video and this is the audio -- see the episode here: https://youtu.be/uVfn5Ar1rmg?si=e3TE_6tCWEuQxf7h Schrodinger's Cat Quick and Easy Yes, this is based on a longer podcast episode -- but hey, you've got to start somwhere ..read more
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HBH 54: Homo Erectus
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
The OG, greatest generation of Human ever! At least if your metric is a dogged determination to keep existing. For 2 million years these prehistoric hominins wandered far and wide, high and low, filling every available lakeshore and riverbed. What can we know about them? Their looks, abilities, traits? Did they use fire? Language? Clothing? Where did they come from and get to? And why, after such a successful run, did they exit the world stage? Today on the History of Being Human, the essential guide to all things Erectus ..read more
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HBH 53: 23,000 Year-Old White Sands Footprints with Dr. Edward Jolie
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
This week I wander off the topic of Life Extension (more next episode) to take advantage of an opportunity to interview an anthropologist about the White Sands footprints. Not since the Laetoli Australopithecus prints has a set of human footprints rocked the world of paleontology like those found in White Sands, New Mexico. Studies have dated these prints to 21-23,000 year ago, more than 6000 years older than humans were known to have arrived in the Americas! Many scientist are convinced the date is accurate; but if it is, it means a reshaping of an entire paradigm. In this episode I speak ..read more
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HBH 52: Human Lifespan, Aging, and Death
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
It is time to take a trip to that Undiscovered Country and visit our greatest teacher. How long do we live, how long did we live, and why don't we just keep on going? Never mind that we do the world and our gene pool a great service by only taking up space for a finite time, what are the chances we can extend our time for a while? Indefinitely ..read more
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HBH 51: Quantum Entanglement
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
In this episode we cover the underpinnings of the either/or, cause-then-effect, deterministic, distance-separates-things, no-info-travels-faster-than-light, orderly world of classical physics. It is the world inhabited by such luminaries as Newton and Einstein. Then we descend into the merely probabilistic, action-at-a-distance, neither/both world of Quantum Physics to cover the most bafflng and counter intuituve (nay, SPOOKY in the words of Einstein) phenomenon in nature -- Quantum Entanglement. If you have not listened to the episode on Schrodinger's Cat (HBH 50) it is recommended you do s ..read more
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HBH 48: Night Vermin Triumphant
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
In this episode, the massive, rapacious king power lizards of the Cretaceous are finally taken off the board by an asteroid. We trace the origins and progress of the skulking night vermin that are unleashed in their absence. These night vermin, with their whiskers and fur and fancy new brains, become the superpowers of the Cenozoic (our current era). This is the story of the mammals, from a time long before their origin until the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees. Although this is a re-release of a previous episode, it contains never-before released material about the lates ..read more
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HBH 47: Life on the Installment Plan Redux
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
Continuing with the origins of everything that is, I present the history of planet Earth, from its birth to the age of mammals. Included: How old is the earth? What are the oldest rocks ever found? How old is life itself? When did multicellular organisms arise? When did life leave the sea for land? What percentage of species has survived until the current time? What were the 5 biggest mass extrinction events in history? And much more...information that sounds, admittedly, tedious, but only because it is. But! Can you truly know about yourself without knowing about the universe, solar system ..read more
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HBH 46: The Beginning of Space, Time, and Us
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
In this episode: 9 billion years of prehistory made dangerously accessible The broadest, easily understood, fascinating ideas of the "Big Bang" Mysteries of the Big Bang What can we theorize? Where do our theories fail? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Big Bang model? What are the philosophical and identity implications of Big Bang Cosmology Summary of the development of the universe until the beginnings of our solar system This episode is an updated and expanded presentation of episode 11a. A key element in understanding current thought on our own nature ..read more
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HBH 45: The Omphalos and the Oracle at Delphi
The History of Being Human
by Noel Armstrong
5M ago
Attention: This is the episode that started the podcast -- the story of the maxim Know Thyself, the Prophetess at Delphi, Apollo and the python, Zeus and the omphalos, and the much more ancient Egyptian origins of the injunction. What did it mean to the ancients? Is it still relevant today, or has it cone the way of alchemy and phrenology ..read more
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