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Far-reaching conversations with a worldwide network of scientists and mathematicians, philosophers and artists developing new frameworks to explain our universe's deepest mysteries. Join host Michael Garfield at the Santa Fe Institute each week to learn about your world and the people who have dedicated their lives to exploring its emergent order: their stories, research, and insights…
 
Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
 
Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com
 
Walter Besant was a novelist and historian, and his topographical and historical writings, ranging from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century, were probably best known through the detailed 10-volume Survey of London published after his death. This earlier single volume covers, in less depth, the whole period from prehistory until the 19th century. The book appears originally to have been written for boys, and, indeed, the chapters are called "Lessons". However, it is a very readable hi ...
 
Exploring the past, one skeleton at a time. --- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bonesandstuff --- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldbonespodcast --- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oldbones_podcast/ --- Website: oldbones.co.uk
 
Join me on my journey through the world of ancient Indian philosophy! In each podcast, I will try to summarize different topics in Indian philosophy and tell you about the historical events that were occurring on the Indian subcontinent at that time. My goal is to make Indian philosophy accessible to everyone so don't worry if you don't know anything about Indian history or philosophy - just sit back, pay attention, and let me guide you through the world of Indian thought.
 
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How do we know what we know about the deep past? What languages did people speak in prehistory? And why, if the life of an early farmer seemed to be so miserable, did farmers have so many children? I answer all of these questions and more in our first prehistory mailbag episode. Support us by supporting our sponsors! PlushCare - Make your appointme…
 
The finale of our miniseries comes to a close as we cover several real historical instances of people actually being buried along with a few who had some uncomfortable close calls. We hear about the incredible case of Mathew Wall and find out why on October 2nd for the last 450 years or so, the town of Braughing in Hertfordshire has celebrated “Old…
 
Egypt's first dynasty is relatively unknown, with only cursory records of them existing. But we can still learn a lot about the history of Egypt from these early pharaohs. This week we learn about how the great pharaohs of the First Dynasty built the foundation of the great achievements of Egypt, and how a series of obscure civil wars brought their…
 
This episode we will go through the first nine legendary sovereigns. Having covered Iware Biko, aka Jimmu, in the last several episodes, the following eight sovereigns are likely completely fictional--possibly famous names in the stories of Yamato, they appear to have been placed here specifically to pad out the royal lineage and make it seem longe…
 
On the one hand, we have math: a world of forms and patterns, a priori logic, timeless and consistent. On the other, we have physics: messy and embodied interactions, context-dependent and contingent on a changing world. And yet, many people get the two confused, including physicists and mathematicians. Where the two meet, and the nature of the bou…
 
Tune in to learn more about the self-imposed imprisonment that can become your own words and thoughts if we are not aware of our own tendencies. I give a brief overview of the concept of words and how they are used against us to create limitations and tap into our subconscious without our awareness. Learn to hone in your mind on the concepts of arc…
 
Welcome to COMPLEXITY, the official podcast of the Santa Fe Institute. I’m your host, Michael Garfield, and every other week we’ll bring you with us for far-ranging conversations with our worldwide network of rigorous researchers developing new frameworks to explain the deepest mysteries of the universe. This week we present something different: SF…
 
Ok, so it wasn't a world-historical level disaster, or maybe even close to the dumbest thing humans have ever believed. But it was pretty stupid. Nations gripped by a fear of covens of witches, repressed memories of ritual Satanic abuse, demonic rock-and-roll, ouija boards stealing your soul, and don't forget those blue-as-death animated corpses, t…
 
Known for its hieroglyphs, animal-headed gods, and deified pharaohs, Egypt is one of the oldest and most famous civilizations in the world. But have you ever wondered how this wonderful civilization first emerged? Join us as we follow the migration of peoples into the Nile Valley, the development of agriculture, and the rise of Egypt's first big ci…
 
Farming came into existence in the Fertile Crescent, but it didn't stay there. By 5000 BC, agriculture had spread east and west, reaching both Central Asia and the Atlantic Ocean. But how did this happen? Did indigenous hunter-gatherers adopt farming, or did the farmers themselves move and bring their way of life with them? If you'd like to see som…
 
This episode we go into some of the people and things around the court of Iware Biko, aka Jimmu Tennō. We'll talk about his queen, Hime Tatara Isuzu Hime, as well as some of the members of his court, including Umashimaji--that son of the other Heavenly Descendant, Nigi Hayahi. We'll also talk a little bit about what the kofun tell us about what ear…
 
Whether you live in the USA or have just been watching the circus from afar, chances are that you agree: “polarization” dominates descriptions of the social landscape. Judging from the news alone, one might think the States have never been so painfully divided…yet nuanced public polls, and new behavioral models, suggest another narrative: the Unite…
 
It’s Halloween season, and that means it’s time for some spooky history. And what is spookier than being buried alive? Nothing really, and that’s where this two-part miniseries is headed. Today in Part 1 we cover taphophobia-the fear of being buried alive-and examine some of the ways we’ve dealt with this fear throughout history. Safety coffins, de…
 
Today we embark down a very ignoble road and consider a few of the most dismal failures in history. We begin with a big one -- something that failed spectacularly, at a very high cost, creating misery and infamy in its wake: The People's Crusade of 1095-6! Index of this episode, in case you want to skip to the juicy parts: 0:00 Intro: The Three Poi…
 
This week we look at some some of the "firsts" in film history as they occurred in the Lumiere's early projections. We also describe a few advancements in film technology, including the Latham Loop, and the Geneva Drive. I have had to take the website down for a little while. There were just too many tech-issues. But you can still listen at history…
 
The domestication of animals has transformed the way that people eat, clothe themselves, and live over the past 10,000 or so years, but what in the world does "domestication" even mean? How did this happen, and why did people start doing this? I talk with Professor Greger Larson of Oxford University about the genetics of animal domestication and ho…
 
Now, maybe more than ever before, it is time to learn the art of skepticism. Amidst compounded complex crises, humankind must also navigate a swelling tidal wave of outright lies, clever misdirections, and well-meant but dangerous mistaken claims….in other words, bullshit. Why is the 21st Century such a hotbed of fake news? How can we structure our…
 
In many ways Japan traces its "founding" as a nation to the story of Iware Biko--aka the Sovereign Jimmu--and the establishment of his court in the central land of Yamato in the Nara Basin. This is the story of how Iware Biko is said to have marched from Southern Kyushu east to the eventual central land, where the first true capitals of Japan would…
 
In 1822 on Mackinac Island, French Canadian Fur Trader Alexis St Martin was shot in the side at a distance of less than one meter. The experiments following his miraculous survival just may be the weirdest piece of history ever seen in the Straits of Mackinac.The bullet wound left a hole in St Martin’s side giving Dr. William Beaumont the first eve…
 
Today we discuss the mystery of 3Q15 -- also known as the Copper Scroll. One of the most mysterious, and potentially valuable finds, in archeology. An enigmatic and totally unique document, scratched onto copper, that hints at the locations of over 2 billion USD worth of hidden treasure, left in a cave almost 2000 years ago. Who wrote the copper sc…
 
For most of Homo sapiens' time out of Africa, we lived in a world defined by ice. But by around 20,000 years ago, the ice had begun to melt, the glaciers retreating back toward the poles and mountain ranges. This left behind a new world, a whole different series of environments, opportunities, and perils for the people who had made it through the I…
 
Is there life on Mars? Or Titan? What are we even looking for? Without a formal definition, inquiries into the stars just echo noise. But then, perhaps, the noise contains a signal… To find life elsewhere in the universe requires us to wager a defined biology, to come to terms with what it means to be alive. Looking out is looking in, to ask the ha…
 
Welcome to our 24th episode, and our 1 year anniversary! This episode we get to talk to a much overlooked figure: Nigi Hayahi no Mikoto--elder brother to Hiko Ho no Ninigi no Mikoto, grandson of Takami Musubi no Mikoto and Amaterasu Omikami, and the first Divine Descendant to come down and rule in Yamato. So why don't we know more about this figure…
 
This episode we cover an exciting, but ultimately unfruitful, film made in the Black Maria, and voyage to Europe to meet the Lumiere family, and their incredible contributions to cinema. I told you the clips would start becoming useful just as soon as I could make them do it! This week we have sound clips from The Edison-Dixon Experimental Sound Fi…
 
In our third interview, we speak to Professor David Petts. He is a specialist in the Early Medieval Period of Britain. We reminisce about Binchester, talk about his latest excavations on Lindisfarne and begin to talk about the joys and frustrations about loving a period commonly called 'The Dark Ages'. Find out more about David here: https://durham…
 
Professor John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world's best communicators on the deep human past and paleoanthropology, joins me to talk about archaic humans, genomics, and whether the concept of different human species even makes sense these days. Check out his blog, which is an amazing resource, and follow him on Twitter.…
 
I talk to Dr Rena Maguire about On Raven’s Wing by Morgan Llywelyn. This book is a retelling of part of the Ulster Cycle, especially the life of Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster, and the Tain Bo Cuailhge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley. It is mainly set at Emain Macha which is known to be Navan Fort bear Armagh. How much of the story reflects the Irish Ir…
 
The finale is here! We finish the Leadbelly series by uncovering the last few years of his life. We watch his meteoric rise, examine the ups and downs of his relationship with John and Alan Lomax, see him embark on his own, and hear about how he influenced not only the popular folk musicians of the 1940s, but all of popular music since. We learn ab…
 
CW: Men disrespecting/not listening to women This episode we finish the story of Ninigi and move on to the story of Hiko Hohodemi. We'll touch on the stories, where we've tried to combine the elements of the various chronicles into one narrative. And there are definitely some themes in these stories about the men of the Heavenly lineage not listeni…
 
Our understanding of the past is constantly in flux, and there's no field where that's clearer than with the early settlement of the Americas. I'm joined by Professor Jennifer Raff of the University of Kansas, an anthropological geneticist, to discuss the game-changing (or not?) recent work pushing back the date of first settlement to 30,000 years …
 
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