Humanistic Paganism

Category: Dead Ideas


[Dead Ideas] “Space Exploration in 1920: In Honor of the Falcon Heavy Launch”, by B. T. Newberg

In honor of the Falcon Heavy Launch by SpaceX, we’re reading a space exploration article from 1920. What was it like to imagine reaching space at such an early date? Let’s find out together in this episode of Public Domain Theater 3000.

Be sure to support the show at http://www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!

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

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[Dead Ideas] “Self-mummification I: Buddhist Mummies of Japan”, by B. T. Newberg

That’s right: *self*-mummification, mummifying yourself through a special 3000-day diet and regimen of spiritual exercises which will lead to your death but, if you do it correctly, will mummify your body and make you a sokushinbutsu or “Buddha in the Flesh.” I witnessed many of these mummies personally while living in Japan. This is their story.

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[Dead Ideas] “Titoism I: Slovenia from Prehistory to Tito”, by B. T. Newberg

Our new series is a delve into my own Slovenian ethnic heritage. Our dead idea is Titoism, the ideology of the former Yugoslavia which died along with its communist dictator, Tito. I also mix in stories of my family and my own conflicted feelings about ethnicity.

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[Dead Ideas] “Cuneiform I: You’ve Got Mail – The World’s First Writing”, by B. T. Newberg

We’re going all the way back to ancient Sumer! Our new epic series is about the world’s oldest writing system, which revolutionized communication. Get your clay tablet and your stylus, and join us for: cuneiform! Be sure to support the show at http://www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn! Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at http://www.deadideas.net.

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[Dead Ideas] “The Balance of Power”, by B. T. Newberg

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History lovers: Our new series explores the balance of power system which led up to World War I. It was meant to prevent a great war from ever happening again. Then what happened? Not just any great war, but THE Great War. What was this system and how was it supposed to work?

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