W. H. R. Rivers, Polymaths, and the Disappearance of Useful Arts

In this episode, we discuss whether or not there are more, or fewer polymaths today than in the past, using the example of W. H. R. Rivers, an English anthropologist who also made contributions in neurology, and psychiatry. Mentioned in this episode: Disappearance of Useful Arts by WHR Rivers. Secrets of our Success, by Joe […]

Julian Jaynes And The Origins Of Consciousness

What’s on your mind? This week Will and I review the work of Julian Jaynes and his exploration of how the human mind may have developed and evolved over the last several thousand years. Is mental illness an illness at all or merely an expression of brain function that would have been common in the […]