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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass hysteria, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

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This is a re-release of a patron exclusive mini-episode that I produced as a companion to my episode on Holocaust denial earlier this year. If you want access to an ad-free feed and extra content like this, visit Patreon.com/HistoricalBlindness and pledge at whatever tier you can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the conclusion of my Halloween series on werewolves and the 2019 pre-hiatus finale, I go further into the lore, considering the connection between werewolfery and insanity and the influence of Early Modern witch hunts on the conception of the werewolf. Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com for images and links. Hope this one makes you howl...Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the first part of my especially spooky Halloween series, I begin a hunt for the true nature of the werewolf, looking at its roots in antiquity and mythology and the evolution of the notion through folklore and etymology. In this first installment, I explore werewolf claims in relation to real wolf attacks, trace the idea of their vulnerability to silver, and suggest that the werewolf may have first been a metaphor for savagery and cannibalism later applied to murderers who acted more as animals than men and were punished as such. Happy October! Look for part two before Halloween!WARNING: Listeners sensitive to such content should be advised that this episode contains vivid descriptions of violence against women and children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the final installment of this in-depth series, I move away from modern Russian revisionists to look at some classical revisionists who were otherwise highly respected as scholars but whose revised timelines and claims of vast conspiracy reflect poorly on their legacies. This episode leads me more into the science denial of revisionists, the mythological and religious basis of much chronology, and the historical blindness at the heart of our understanding of ancient history. Visit the blog at historicalblindness.com for images, citations, and links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Part Two of my chronicles, I discuss another Russian theorist who in the '50s and '60s challenged not only historical chronology but establishment astronomy and physics as well with his claims of ancient interplanetary collision. Be sure to visit the blog at historicalblindness.com for images, academic citations, and links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A look at conspiracism and "alternate history" as a genre in Russian scholarship, and the theories of one Russian mathematician who would rewrite all of history using science. Be sure to visit the website at HistoricalBlindness.com for a full transcript, images, citations, and links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Just a quick announcement about why you're not getting a new episode today and some info on how you can help. Donate at http://www.historicalblindness.com/donateor become a patron and reap the benefits at https://www.patreon.com/historicalblindnessLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a coda to my series on Nazis and the occult, I felt compelled to address the modern myth that the Holocaust didn't happen or was exaggerated. In this episode, I examine Holocaust deniers and their fallacious arguments. Visit the blog at HistoricalBlindness.com for images, citations, and links to further reading.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the final installment of my series on Nazi Occultism, I finally get to the weird Nazi obsessions with lost civilizations and mythical artifacts. Like a true-life Indiana Jones villain, Himmler dedicated his pseudo-archaeological expeditions to proving misguided theories of anthropogenesis and cosmogenesis and to finding artifacts that may never have existed. Some legends, it seems, are true. Be sure to visit HistoricalBlindness.com for the full text of the episode along with images and citations and links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Part Two of my series, I question how involved in the occult Adolph Hitler was and look to the SS and Heinrich Himmler as the neo-pagan and mystical influence at the heart of Nazism. Be sure to visit historicalblindness.com and find the blog post for this episode to view images, follow links to further reading, and review my citations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here is the episode whose release I delayed by a week. In it, I explore the dark roots of Nazism, from a neo-paganism preoccupied with the Nordic Pantheon, to a folksy back-to-the-land movement that evolved into a nationalist sentiment, to an ideology of racial supremacy all tied up with contemporary myths and pseudoscience. This will be the first in a series. As always, visit the blog at HistoricalBlindness.com to access the episode transcript, associated images, links to further reading, and citations for books and academic sources.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Announcement: Expect Delays

Announcement: Expect Delays

2019-06-2500:00:31

Just a quick announcement about why you're not getting a new episode today. Until the next episode arrives, as a primer, I recommend listening to Our Fake History's series on Madame Helena Blavatsky and Dig's recent series on eugenics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Continuing from my series on the Great Sea Serpent, I examine another supposed aquatic monster, for a study of whether dinosaurs survived in the deep waters of the earth wouldn't be complete without an examination of the Loch Ness Monster legend. This one started out as a Blind Spot coda to the Leviathan series, but Nessie demanded her (his?) own full-length episode. Instead, as a coda to the last several episodes and a transition to the next topic, keep an eye out for an upcoming Blindside exclusive. As always, visit historicalblindness.com after Tuesday for the full transcript with images and links to further readings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here's part two of my series on sea serpents! In this episode, much like the mythological motif of a god wrestling against a serpent that represents chaos at the dawn of creation, we see science struggling against the notion of sea serpents in the 19th century, which would throw their scientific worldview into chaos. Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com to view images and find links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Without further delay, please enjoy this first installment in a series on the myths and mysterious sightings of sea serpents. In the last episode we discussed the extinction of the the dinosaur, but did all of them die off? Could there be some surviving dinosaurian species that has was the basis of our foundational sea monster and dragon myths, creatures that have been encountered by sailors throughout history? Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com to view images and find links to further reading as well as a list of scholarly sources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Delay Announcement

2019-05-0700:00:32

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In this episode, I examine another massive extraterrestrial impact, this one prehistoric and blamed for ending most life on earth. But what really caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? Do we know, or is it a blind spot in prehistory? Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com to view the blog post with images and further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, I look at the Tunguska Event. This is a cosmic horror story about an explosion of mysterious origins in a remote wilderness. I tell the tale of the blast, its aftermath, its investigation over several decades, and the mystery that continues to surround it. Visit the blog at historicalblindness.com for images, links to further reading and citations for academic sources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amazing Races (Switcheroo)

Amazing Races (Switcheroo)

2019-04-0100:29:42

This is not a new episode of Historical Blindness, but it's not a "gotcha" April Fools prank either. In the spirit of the Great Comic Strip Switcheroo of 1997, I and a few other like-minded podcasters are hosting classic episodes on each other's feeds in order to introduce our listeners to some of the great shows out there. So enjoy an episode from the Your Brain on Facts podcast, whose host, Moxie LaBouche, you may recognize from her guest appearance on my Christopher Columbus episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a companion piece to my episode on the Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, I look at another influential but dubious anti-Catholic book. In The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop crafts a far reaching conspiracy theory founded on a questionable understanding of history to claim that Roman Catholicism has a secret pagan core. But pseudohistory, while academic sounding enough to convince many, is just fiction in fancy clothes. Be sure to visit the blog at historicalblindness.com to view images associated with the topic and find links to further reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (11)

Robin H

I like the subject matter and some ideas perspectives, but his robo voice and aggressive assertions and busy backround music suck so rough I will not be coming back...

Sep 15th
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s o u r i

omg! u mean that we(iranians)and germans and indians may have the same origin?...Aryans🤔

Sep 5th
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M.W. Holiday

Every episode is fantastic!

Aug 14th
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s o u r i

thanks for ur great narrating 👌

Jun 14th
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Sarah Hull

Interesting subject matter overall, but the narration sounds like it’s being read by a text-to-speech program. Very odd and distracting.

Mar 29th
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Kris NotTelling

One episode two. Can't really keep my attention.

Nov 9th
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Phil Marsala

Interesting, well researched and an informative podcast delving into the bizarre, the obscure and the fascinating aspects of human history. Looking forward to the next episode.

Sep 3rd
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Serg Ter

Regardless if the Learned Elders of Zionism document is real or fake, it's as if it's been used as a blueprint by the Zionist mafia and most if not all points of it have been fulfilled. So by speaking against it, you only reveal who you are, a Zionist little mouthpiece.

Mar 7th
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