Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Technocracy I: Functional Control Is Imperative
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Our new series is a 1930s vision of techno-topia! It's not only form 30s, though - while long past its heyday, a small Technocracy movement still exists today, which only makes this all the more interesting. Join us for this movement that proposed all of North America should be one unified country governed by scientists and experts.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.