Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices

We explore ideas and practices once believed to be true but no longer. Each dead idea is explored in all its glorious eccentricity. For example, discover miasma, the theory that plague comes from stinky air; or the medical diagnosis of hysteria, which holds that women's wombs wander around their bodies causing trouble. Join us on a fun romp through the history of ideas that didn’t quite stand the test of time.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h5m. Bisher sind 167 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 18 hours 15 minutes

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Steampunk Rome IV: The Great Library of Alexandria – RPG, Pt 2 – Egyptian, Greek, and Roman History


Arriving at the Great Library of Alexandria, Andre's character Pyrrho…


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 2019-01-06  n/a
 
 

Steampunk IV: The Great Library of Alexandria - RPG, Pt 2 - Egyptian, Greek, and Roman History


Arriving at the Great Library of Alexandria, Andre's character Pyrrho of Pergamum searches for the secret plans for the floating statue. But in order to get his hands on them, he must first solve several science and engineering challenges. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the Library of Alexandria and its marvelous discoveries.

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 2019-01-06  1h4m
 
 

Steampunk Rome III: Hellenistic Science, Hell Yeah – RPG, Pt 1 – Greek and Roman History


So Roman tech was pretty surprising, but still more surprising…


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 2018-12-23  n/a
 
 

Steampunk Rome III: Hellenistic Science, Hell Yeah - RPG, Pt 1 - Greek and Roman History


So Roman tech was pretty surprising, but still more surprising is that all that was developed centuries earlier in the Hellenistic period. What's up with that? Today we explore the development of Hellenistic science, then go deep into that world with a roleplay that will continue in the following episodes. Today we visit Pergamum and Rhodes, discovering all about Hellenistic learning along the way.

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 2018-12-23  1h34m
 
 

Steampunk Rome II: The Industrial Revolution That Didn’t Happen (And Why Not) – Roman History


So why didn't Rome undergo an industrial revolution? Today, we…


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 2018-12-09  n/a
 
 

Steampunk Rome II: The Industrial Revolution That Didn't Happen (And Why Not) - Roman History


So why didn't Rome undergo an industrial revolution? Today, we take a look at some of the contributing factors for 18th-century Britain and see how Rome stacks up.

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern. Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.




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 2018-12-09  1h7m
 
 

Steampunk Rome I: An Ancient Industrial Revolution (Almost) – Roman History


For our final series, we're doing the steam technology of…


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 2018-11-25  n/a
 
 

Steampunk Rome I: An Ancient Industrial Revolution (Almost) - Roman History


For our final series, we're doing the steam technology of the ancient world that died and had to be resurrected in 18th-century Europe. How close was Rome to being able to construct a working steam locomotive? That may sound silly, but you won't think so after this episode!

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern. Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-11-25  1h5m
 
 

The Canals of Mars – American History, Science History


Is the surface of Mars criss-crossed by lines so long…


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 2018-11-11  n/a
 
 

Canals of Mars


Is the surface of Mars criss-crossed by lines so long and straight they can only be constructions of an advanced alien civilization? Many astronomers in the late 19th and early 20th century thought so. Join us in this jaunt into the frailty of human perception.

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-11-11  1h11m