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David Boles: Human Meme

This Human Meme podcast is the inflection point for what it means to live a life of knowing. We are in the critical moment of human induction. David Boles is a writer, publisher, teacher, lyricist and author living and working in New York City. He has dedicated his life to founding the irrevocable aesthetic. Be a Human Meme!


Preserving Authenticity: The Ethical Dilemma of Altering Historical Artifacts and Narratives
Our discussion extends beyond the mere act of colorizing old photographs to include the ways in which entire histories are often romanticized, sanitized, or even rewritten to suit contemporary tastes and ideologies. From the silver screens of Hollywood to the solemn corridors of educational institutions, the manipulation of history has pervasive consequences. It influences how we perceive our past and, subsequently, how we envision our future.
25:46 6/12/24
Cat Heads in Space! Episode 28: Great Galactic Game
Our story resumes on the bridge of the Feline Star Cruiser. The vastness of space stretches out before our heroes, a canvas of twinkling stars and swirling galaxies. Captain Whiskerfluff is deep in thought, gazing out into the cosmos, while Lieutenant Mittens fiddles with a new gadget on her console. Skeedootle is snoozing quietly in a corner, her snores punctuated by tiny barks.
26:00 6/10/24
Exploring Mars: The Impact of the Red Planet on Culture, Science, and Human Imagination
Was there ever life on Mars? Is it there now hidden beneath the dust? Could Mars be the future home for human civilization? These questions compel scientists and dreamers alike. But beyond the scientific inquiry, Mars has also painted the canvas of our cultural landscape, influencing everything from classical compositions to blockbuster films.
23:21 6/5/24
Eternal Journey of a Seed Through Time and Space
In the ancient world, where myths were born from the murmurs of nature and the whispers of the gods, there existed a singular seed. This was not just any seed, but one imbued with the essence of eternity, a gift from Gaia herself, the mother of all life. Planted in the fertile earth of a forgotten land, it began its first life under the watchful gaze of celestial beings.
20:38 6/3/24
Debunking the Myth of High Vibration Foods
The concept of "high vibration foods" has emerged as a tantalizing notion, promising a pathway to enhanced physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This idea posits that certain foods, by virtue of their intrinsic energy or "vibrational" qualities, can elevate our own personal energy levels, thus improving our health and happiness. As we set forth, our mission is to unravel the threads of this modern myth, placing the truth above the comforting lullabies of falsehood.
16:56 5/29/24
NovaTerra Chronicles: From Earth's Ashes to Interstellar Renewal
Our story begins with Dr. Samantha Myles, a visionary astrobiologist, who discovered a distant planet, christened "NovaTerra." This world, lush and teeming with potential, orbited a young star in the constellation of Lyra. Unlike the exhausted Earth, NovaTerra promised a fresh start, a canvas of boundless possibilities. With the Earth's clock winding down, humanity pooled its remaining resources, ingenuity, and spirit into one final venture—the Exodus Project.
22:12 5/27/24
Redefining Fair Play: The Impact of NIL Rights and Employment Status on Collegiate Athletes
Let’s start with the basics. NIL rights allow collegiate athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. This could be through endorsements, social media promotions, personal appearances, and more. Before recent changes, such policies were forbidden, and athletes were strictly amateurs, at least in the eyes of the NCAA, which meant they couldn’t earn from their soaring popularity, unlike their institutions which profited immensely from their performances. 
20:33 5/24/24
Rise of Male Isolation: Combatting Loneliness in Modern Society
According to a May 2021 poll from the Survey Center on American Life, the number of American men who view themselves as having "no close friends" has increased from 3% in 1990 to 15% in 2021. This significant shift invites us to look deeper into the nuances of human relationships and the evolving dynamics of solitude and social connectivity.
19:32 5/22/24
Pro Rasslin': Blending Sport, Performance, and Social Justice
Professional wrestling, as we know it today, began in the late 19th century. It evolved from genuine competitive wrestling into a more entertainment-focused spectacle. The early days were marked by carnival and vaudeville acts where wrestlers, often referred to as "hookers" due to their ability to "hook" their opponents into submission holds, would challenge locals to prove their strength. These exhibitions were as much about showmanship as they were about strength, setting the stage for what was to become professional wrestling.
20:08 5/20/24
Understanding and Supporting Collectors and Hoarders in Your Life
Collecting is a purposeful and selective process. It involves the acquisition of specific items that fit within a predefined category. Collectors often experience joy and pride in organizing and displaying their collections. Whether it’s stamps, books, coins, or art, collections often follow a thoughtful acquisition strategy. The items collected have not just monetary value but emotional value; they tell a story or complete a set.
19:36 5/17/24
Shifting Dynamics in Academia: Navigating Student-Instructor Relationships in the Post-Standardized Test Era
Ten years ago, the archetype of the kindly professor was often exploited. Students, perceiving kindness as a vulnerability, frequently requested extensions, favors, and leniencies that stretched beyond the typical academic courtesies. This dynamic, while problematic, was somewhat contained within the understood professional boundaries of the educator-student relationship. The instructor, committed to nurturing minds, often felt obligated to acquiesce, perhaps hoping to inspire dedication through their own example of benevolence.
21:27 5/15/24
Cat Heads In Space! Episode 27: Cosmic Catnip Conundrum
06We open today’s adventure aboard the grand Feline Star Cruiser, hurtling through the velvety cosmos. The bridge is alive with the usual array of starry blips and bloops on the monitors. Captain Whiskerfluff is pensively staring out the viewport, his tail flicking with each troubling thought. Lieutenant Mittens is trying to adjust the navigation panel, but keeps hitting the wrong buttons with her paws. 
16:58 5/13/24
Heartwood Covenant
One stormy night, Emily discovered an ancient, moss-covered tome in her attic. It was bound in birch bark and smelled of earth and old secrets. The tome spoke of a forgotten forest, Heartwood, where trees whispered and walked under the moon’s watchful eye. The Heartwood was said to hold the heart of nature itself, beating deep within its oldest tree, known as the Heartwood Oak.
21:44 5/10/24
Exploding Head Syndrome: Unraveling the Mysteries of Sleep, Perception, and Human Experience
Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a condition that falls under the category of sleep-related disorders. Those affected by EHS experience auditory hallucinations that are described as loud noises — they might sound like a bomb exploding, a gunshot, or a cymbal crash — occurring just before falling asleep or upon waking. The sound is vivid and real to the person experiencing it, but it is completely internal; there’s no actual sound being produced externally.
20:02 5/8/24
Impact of Dystopian Literature on Society and Technology
The genesis of dystopian literature can be traced back to the burgeoning industrial age, where rapid technological advancement and societal upheaval began to stir deep-seated fears and anxieties about the future. Thomas More's "Utopia," published in 1516, though fundamentally a work about a perfect society, ironically laid the groundwork for its antithesis, dystopia, by presenting a world so perfect that it ironically highlighted its unattainability.
22:04 5/6/24
Beyond La Mataviejitas, the Hyena of Auschwitz, and the Beast of Buchenwald
Ilse Koch, historically etched into memory with monikers such as "The Witch of Buchenwald," "The Beast of Buchenwald," and most infamously, "The Bitch of Buchenwald," embodies an enigma of evil that defies the very essence of humanity. Her rise to power and her reign of terror within the confines of the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II remain a stark reminder of the depths to which human depravity can plunge, given the right mix of power, ideology, and circumstance. The story of Ilse Koch is not just a tale of individual malevolence but a complex interplay of societal, psychological, and historical forces that coalesced to create a figure synonymous with atrocity and inhumanity.
26:24 5/3/24
Broadway's Adaptation Addiction: Is Originality Dead on Stage?
The allure of adapting familiar films into stage spectacles is manifold. Foremost, it guarantees an audience, a beacon for investors navigating the tempestuous seas of theatrical productions. Moreover, the cinematic blueprint provides a narrative scaffolding from which creators can craft musical marvels, easing the burden of birthing a story from the ether. This path of least resistance, however, steers us into murky waters, where the sirens of economic security might drown out the calls for bold innovation.
18:04 5/1/24
From Ashes to Action: The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Lessons for Today
In the heart of Manhattan, at 2329 Washington Place, near Washington Square, on the New York University (NYU) campus, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, bustling with young immigrant workers—mostly women—caught fire. The factory occupied the top floors of the Asch Building, and when the fire erupted, it was swift and merciless. Flames engulfed the cramped workrooms, fed by piles of fabric and paper patterns. With exits locked to prevent theft and keep workers at their stations, escape routes were limited to a few inadequate fire escapes and elevators that soon failed as the fire spread. The result was horrifying: 146 workers perished, either consumed by flames or plunging to their deaths in a desperate attempt to escape.
21:07 4/29/24
Defending Helen Keller: Debunking Myths and Championing Disability Rights
In recent times, the remarkable legacy of Helen Keller has been clouded by a surge of skepticism and misinformation, particularly on social media platforms where her achievements are unjustly labeled as fabrications. Our conversation seeks to shine a light on the truth, offering a robust defense of Keller's accomplishments and the significant impact she had on disability rights and beyond.
21:19 4/24/24
Selective Mutism and the Moment of Understanding
06Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child's inability to speak in certain social situations, such as at school or in the community, despite being able to speak comfortably in more familiar settings, like at home with family. This condition transcends the idea of mere shyness or a wilful refusal to speak; it is deeply rooted in extreme social anxiety.
20:52 4/23/24
Cat Heads in Space! Episode 26: Great Kitty Litter Catastrophe
In the vast, litter-strewn corridors of the cosmos, our feline crew faces a crisis of unprecedented scale. The Kitty Litter Recycling Machine, a marvel of feline engineering, has ceased to function. We find our heroes in a state of... discomfort.
14:14 4/22/24
Exploring the Soul of the Blues: Legends, Evolution, and Future Insights
The blues emerged in the late 19th century, rooted in the African American experience in the Deep South of the United States. It was born out of African musical traditions, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants. These elements fused together, forming the foundation of what we now recognize as the blues. However, the journey from these rudimentary forms to the genre's establishment is a story of resilience, creativity, and the human condition's complexity.
19:20 4/19/24
From Latchkey Kids to Helicopter Parents: Navigating Generational Shifts and Future Implications
Let's start by painting a picture of the Latchkey Kid phenomenon. In the 1970s and 1980s, economic pressures and the rise of dual-income households meant that more children came home to empty houses. These kids were termed "Latchkey Kids" because they often wore their house key around their necks, a symbol of their self-sufficiency and the trust their parents placed in them to take care of themselves for a few hours each day.
22:25 4/18/24
Blue Light Therapy in Dermatology: Exploring the Pros, Cons, and Real-Life Effects
Blue Light Therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy (PDT), was first introduced in the late 1990s as a promising treatment for various skin conditions. The therapy involves the application of a photosensitizing agent, typically aminolevulinic acid (ALA) or methyl aminolevulinate (MAL), to the skin, followed by exposure to a specific wavelength of blue light (415-495 nm). The photosensitizer is selectively absorbed by abnormal or precancerous cells, and when activated by blue light, it generates reactive oxygen species that destroy the targeted cells while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
24:19 4/17/24
Disability is No Shield From Corruption: The Video Relay Service Fraud Case
According to the Department of Justice, the fraud scheme involved VRS company owners, executives, and employees, as well as deaf individuals who placed the fraudulent calls. Callers allegedly dialed the companies and left the line open for long periods of time with no actual relaying of calls taking place. The companies then billed the FCC around 390 dollars per hour for these bogus calls.
21:13 4/16/24
Cat Heads in Space! Episode 25: "The Tail of Mechanical Wonders"
In the vast, velvet void of space, the intrepid spacecraft, home to our beloved Cat Heads, drifts silently. But today, the silence is shattered by the hum of an approaching vessel. Aboard this vessel is none other than Dr. Clawsonbody, the infamous inventor of artificial bodies for Cat Heads. The airlock hisses open, and in strides Dr. Clawsonbody, flanked by his mechanical marvels.
29:13 4/15/24
The Quest for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Place in the Universe
At the heart of our discussion is the paradox of the Fermi Paradox - the striking contradiction between the high probability of extraterrestrial life's existence and the stark absence of any evidence thereof. Enrico Fermi, a physicist, famously posed the question, "Where is everybody?" This question echoes through the cosmos, reverberating off the seemingly empty vastness of space. Yet, the silence we perceive may not be a testament to solitude but rather a reflection of our current technological limitations and the sheer magnitude of the universe.
22:04 4/13/24
Ceylon Cinnamon vs. Cassia and Tap vs. Spring Water
Ceylon Cinnamon, often called "true cinnamon," hails from the island nation of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. This cinnamon is prized for its delicate, sweet flavor, which is far less pungent than that of its more common counterpart, Cassia cinnamon. The latter is what most of us are unknowingly consuming when we buy cinnamon off supermarket shelves. Cassia originates from China and other parts of Southeast Asia and possesses a stronger, somewhat harsher taste compared to the subtler notes of Ceylon Cinnamon.
20:24 4/12/24
Cleft Stick: From Ancient Tool to Quantum Metaphor
The cleft stick, in its most basic form, is precisely what its name suggests: a stick that has been split or cleft, usually at one end, creating a fork or a "Why" shape. This simple yet effective tool does not have a single inventor, per se; rather, it emerged out of necessity in various cultures and contexts around the world. Its invention is lost to prehistory, a testament to human ingenuity in utilizing natural resources.
16:20 4/11/24
From Earliest Records to the Power of Intuition
The concept of "the earliest recorded memory" in human history is a tantalizing enigma. To unravel it, we must first distinguish between different types of memories: those etched into the tangible world through writing and artifacts, and those that reside, more fleetingly, within the human mind. The earliest known written records, emerging from the cradle of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia, date back to around 3200 BCE.
16:59 4/10/24

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