Are we condemned to repeat history?


Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, three kings from Greek mythology who were condemned by Zeus to eternal tortures in Hades Bettmann / Contributor
Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, three kings from Greek mythology who were condemned by Zeus to eternal tortures in Hades Bettmann / Contributor

Philosopher George Santayana said that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If that’s true, then can an extensive understanding of past events help human civilization avoid future catastrophes? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian turn to the field of cliodynamics and its attempts to identify the cycles of social unrest and violence. Can we avoid the terror of history?

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Topics in this Podcast: human condition, history, future