Humanistic Paganism

Category: Dead Ideas

[Dead Ideas] “Dead Contraceptives, feat. Kelly Nussbaum”, by B. T. Newberg

We have a very special episode today: the first ever not hosted by me! Join guest host Kelly Nussbaum and me (as co-host) as we talk about all the ways women have tried to keep the bun out of the oven.

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[Dead Ideas] “Technocracy I: A 1930s Vision of Utopia”, by B. T. Newberg

Our new series is a 1930s vision of techno-topia! It’s not only from the 30s, though – while long past its heyday, a small Technocracy movement still exists today, which only makes this all the more interesting. This movement that proposed all of North America should be one unified country governed by scientists and experts.

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[Dead Ideas] “Mohism I: Ancient Chinese Leftists”, by B. T. Newberg They were the chief rivals of the Confucians in their early days, but today no one has heard of them. Meet the Mohists: a faction of hard-headed, big-hearted philosophers whose ideas would fit right in to modern leftist politics,…

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[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.

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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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