Know Thyself History Podcast
By Noel Armstrong
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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.
||CleanKnow Thyself 25: The Sins of Sam Harris||Or, The Quixotic Quest for Science-Based Morality||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 24: 4th Worst Ever -- The Necro-Nazi||Dissolute, drunken, perverted and depraved. A man who went on "violence binges" every time he got wasted, which was all the time; and whose actions were considered beyond the pale by almost all other Nazis. Meet the 4th Worst Homo sapiens sapiens of...||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 23: 5th Worst Ever -- The Lab Rat||Dr. Shiro Ishii and Unit 731||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 22: 6th Worst Human Ever: Iron Man||Meet the one-man plague, the skull-stacker, the maker of incendiary camels, a man whose coffin curse is worse than any mummy because it actually panned out. In the annals of history, there have been very few people who accomplished what this man did....||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 21: Dr. Paul Zak on Connection, Trust, and a Life of Meaning||We take a well-earned break from the worst people in history to speak about the factors that influence what is best in us. Dr. Paul Zak is a renowned and prolific public intellectual, author, corporate advisor, and researcher. His groundbreaking work...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 20: 8th and 7th Worst Ever: Darya Saltykova and Elizabeth Bathory||The Saltychika and Bloodbath herself||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 19: Philosopher Todd Calder on Evil||In this episode I speak with a philosopher of evil, Todd Calder, PhD. Although more seraphic surfer than demonic, Todd wrote the article on the concept of evil in the Stanford Internet Encyclopedia of Evil: The Concept of Evil He has also authored...||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 18: 9th Worst Human Ever: Christopher Columbus "Inhumanities and Barbarisms"||I didn't want to place him on this list. But what choice did I have? Beloved national hero or sadistic monster. It depends on who you ask. If you ask a circa 1830 history teacher you will get one answer. If you ask the people he set his dogs on,...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 17: 10th Worst Human Ever: Eyewitness Account of Jim Jones from Jonestown Survivor Laura Johnston Kohl||Part of Our Worst People Ever Series||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 16: Dr. Robert Price, The Bible Geek, on Biblical Conceptions of Evil||In this inaugural episode in the series on the worst people in history, we begin by discussing the most influential source of information about moral evil in the Western World: The Bible. Dr. Robert M. Price defies easy categorization. He is a...||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 15: Adapt or Die Edition||Extinct Hominins from Sahelanthropi to Denisovans||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 14: Aliens, Complexity, and Ethics with Philosopher Kelly Smith, PhD||NASA philosophical advisor Kelly Smith, PhD and I discuss: Does the universe move inexorably towards complexity? If so, what ethical implications does that have? If AI becomes more rational than humans, will AIs have ANY ethical obligations towards...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 13: Rise of the Night Vermin||How did our skulking, digging, night sneak ancestors come to rule the world? With upgrades to their brains, fancy glands that drip liquid nutrition, and three bones in their middle ears. This episode is brought to you by the KT extinction event,...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 12: Dr. Thomas Carr, Paleontologist, on the Half-Billion Year Experiment||How much force would it take to pull the horned head right off the neck of a triceratops? Crocodiles have the highest bite force ever measured in nature, how do they compare to T. rex. Today we speak with a recognized expert on Tyrannosaurs and all...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 11: Life on the Installment Plan||A biggest-picture history tour, from the Big Bang to the KT extinction event that starved, suffocated, froze, and basically snuffed every four-legged animal heavier than 25 kilos (55 pounds) out of existence. Oh, except for two or three. Life, never...||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 10: Paul M. Sutter, Astrophysicist||Big Bang, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Spaces in Between||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 9: Cosmogony Myths||The World Tour!||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 8: Rachel Herz on Eating and Disgust||In this interview we speak with Rachel Herz, PhD., neuroscientist and author of "That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion" and "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food." Topics Include: -Can...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 7: War Crimes and Aggression Cannibalism||When Killing an Enemy Isn't Enough||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 6: The Siege of Leningrad and Crusader Cannibals||Siege Cannibalism in Ma'aara, Israel, and Leningrad||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 5: Will Bagley on the Donner Party||Bonus episode!||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 4: STRANDED CANNIBALS EDITION||The Donner Party and the Dudley Stevens Cannibal Case||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 3: Primate, Protohuman , and Prehistoric Cannibalism||We look into the evidence from primatology and archaeology to find the roots of human cannibalism in nature or nurture. Along the way we find shadows our own dual nature between sexy hippy bonobos and hawkish war chimps; learn how homo sapiens slept...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnow Thyself 1: Introduction||The injunction to "Know Thyself" has a long and storied history. Older than you know. We track its origins and significance in myth and history, from the Pythia at Delphi to the Inner Temple at Thebes of the Hundred Gates. Giant snakes, dolphin gods,...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I really love this podcast. Cannibalism is a great diving off point as this podcast discusses many aspects of history. This podcast really made me think more than I normally would. That’s always benefit.
Despite the cannibalism - I keep coming back
An informative, thought provoking zig zag with history. Leavened with a dash of philosophy and a shake of humor Noel leads you down roads you did not know would be interesting and keeps you coming back. A master teacher who can effectively condense smart topics into understandable and mentally satisfying nuggets.
Noel’s discussions are presented in a way that will both blow your mind and have you laughing out loud. I wish every podcast was this much fun while being so informative. I can’t wait for the next episode!