We start this episode discussing how
modern sports teams can generate a sense of community and
commonality in their home cities, creating a situation similar to
the ancient "city-states" of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, etc.
We briefly discuss the ongoing project to propose methods for
encoding our modern civilization's...
"C'mon you apes! You wanta
live forever?" -Unknown platoon sergeant, 1918
We discuss life expectancy, from the microbiological causes of
aging to theoretical possibilities of physical immortality, and the
intriguing fact that many ancient civilizations recorded
extraordinary long lives of remote ancestors.
On this post-eclipse pre-apocalypse
episode we start out by speculating that the Solar Eclipse that
just passed across the U.S. is the reason for the sudden
macrosizing of Hurricane Harvey, which went on to drown large
areas of Texas beneath immense floods of water and, for a brief
time, turning the area back into...