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David Boles: Human Meme

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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!


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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!








Enduring Legacy of Latin and Its Impact on Modern Languages

Over 2,500 years ago, in the region of Latium near modern Rome, the Latin language began its remarkable evolution. As the language of the powerful Roman Empire, Latin was more than a mere tool for communication; it was the heartbeat of a culture that would leave an indelible mark on the world. But how does a language die, and what does it mean for a language to be considered 'dead'? We will unravel these mysteries, examining the gradual transformation of Latin as it ceased to be a native language and evolved into the various Romance languages like Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian.


Diversity in the Pantry: A Tale of Peanut Butter and Unity

In the bustling pantry of a quaint New York City kitchen, nestled between a bag of aromatic coffee and a box of delicate teas, there resided an ambitious jar of peanut butter named Peter. Unlike his smooth and creamy peers, Peter harbored a peculiar aspiration: he longed to be a spoonful of jam.


A Snowball's Dream: The Magical Tale of Snowy the Pebble

Once upon a time, in a quaint little village nestled among snow-capped mountains, there lived a unique snowball named Snowy. Unlike other snowballs, Snowy had a peculiar wish - he yearned to be a pebble. While his snowy companions delighted in the frosty winds and blizzards, Snowy admired the enduring, unchanging nature of the pebbles that lined the mountain paths.


Unspoken Love: A Story of Unrequited Love and Forgiveness

Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Lila who lived in a small town. She was a kind-hearted and intelligent person who had a passion for music. Lila had a secret crush on her best friend, Alex, who was a talented musician himself. They had been friends since childhood and shared a deep bond.


Rewriting Destiny: Zorax the Alien's Time-Travel Quest to Prevent Hitler's Rise and Its Unexpected Aftermath

Once upon a time, in the vast expanse of the cosmos, there lived an alien named Zorax, whose planet had been scarred by wars. Zorax, a time-traveler at heart, embarked on a quest to study histories of different worlds, hoping to prevent his home from suffering a similar fate. His travels brought him to Earth, specifically to the early 20th century, a time on the cusp of immense turmoil.


Advertising: Strategies, Ethics, and Future Trends

Let's start with a bit of history. Advertising, in some form or another, has been around for centuries. Think ancient civilizations – they had their own ways of advertising, be it through town criers or market stalls. But it was the printing press in the 15th century that really set the stage for advertising as we know it. Fast forward to the 20th century, and we see the explosion of radio, television, and later, internet advertising.


Cat Heads in Space! Episode 18: "The Taylor Ham Revolt: New Jersey Comes for the Cat Heads!"

In the cosmic kitchen of our feline heroes, a new culinary controversy brews. The Cat Heads, originally hailing from the distant planet of New Jersey, face an interstellar debate over a dish dear to their hearts – or where their hearts used to be.


Elmer Gantry's Rise and Trump's Political Pandering

"Elmer Gantry," published in 1927, is a piercing satire of American religious fundamentalism and the hypocrisy it often harbors. Elmer Gantry, the protagonist, is a charismatic but morally bankrupt evangelist. He's a master of manipulation, using religion as a tool for personal gain and power. Gantry’s rise to prominence is not due to his spiritual convictions but rather his skill in exploiting the beliefs and emotions of others. Donald Trump's rise in the political arena, on the other hand, is a real-life story that unfolded before our eyes. A businessman and television personality with no prior political experience, Trump climbed the political ladder with a blend of populist rhetoric, media savvy, and an uncanny ability to resonate with a significant segment of the American electorate.


A Comprehensive Exploration of Universal Basic Income: Unveiling the Future of Economic Stability

UBI has the potential to redefine our societal and economic landscapes. We'll trace the history of UBI from its philosophical roots to modern-day experiments across the globe, critically analyze its successes, and confront common concerns about its implementation. Delving into the debates around socialism, work ethic, and economic feasibility, we'll dismantle these apprehensions with evidence and logic.


Evolution of Drama: Aristotle, Avant-Garde, and Absurdist Theatre Unveiled

From the meticulously structured tragedies of Aristotle, emphasizing catharsis and mimesis, to the bold, rule-breaking experiments of the 1960s' Avant-Garde, and the existential, often bewildering narratives of Absurdist theatre, this narrative digs into the heart of what makes theatre a mirror and a mold of the human experience. As we unravel these threads, we discover not just the evolution of dramatic form and content, but also a reflection of the evolving human condition, revealing how each movement in theatre has left an indelible mark on the canvas of artistic expression.


ASMR: Understanding Its Impact on Mental Health, Intimacy, and Digital Culture

ASMR, at its core, is a sensory experience characterized by a pleasant tingling sensation that typically begins in the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It's a response to certain triggers, often auditory or visual, and it can evoke a feeling of deep relaxation and even euphoria in some individuals. Think of it as a kind of brain massage, triggered by sounds like whispers, tapping, or the rustling of paper.


Dreaming Giant of Echoing Valley: A Legacy of Peace

Once, in a distant land cradled by mountains and veiled in mist, there lay the Echoing Valley, a place of profound silence and beauty. In this valley, a gentle giant named Eirwyn slumbered for centuries, his heart beating in rhythm with the earth, his dreams a canopy of peace over the land. In the kingdom bordering Echoing Valley, there lived a cunning warlord, Lord Kazuo. He, having heard legends of the giant's immense power, coveted it for his own conquests. One fateful night, guided by greed and ambition, Kazuo led his army into the valley, determined to harness Eirwyn's power.


Unraveling the Complexities of Factitious Disorder

Factitious Disorder, a complex mental health condition, stands as a testament to the intricate and often perplexing nature of human psychology. It's a condition where a person deliberately and artificially induces or fabricates symptoms of illness in themselves. Historically, this disorder has been known by various names, most notably as Munchausen Syndrome, named after Baron Munchausen, an Eighteenth century German nobleman known for his penchant for fantastical stories.


Cat Heads in Space! Episode 17: "Mothers and Stew, Love Anew"

In the vast expanse of space, aboard the S.S. Feline, our intrepid Cat Heads float, pondering the mysteries of the universe. But today, something extraordinary is about to unfold. The stars are like the scattered litter of the cosmos, each a fragment of the unknown... And speaking of unknown, why is there a spaceship shaped like a giant yarn ball approaching us?


Three Reasons NFT Art Failed

In this Boles.tv live stream highlight, David Boles explains at least three reaons why the NFT Art movement failed. Reasons include price deception, corrupt custodians, the rise of AI, the punishment of taxes, and more!


Freud's Three Caskets Across Ages and Cultures

Our focus centers on Sigmund Freud's interpretation of the "Three Caskets" motif from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." We'll take a look into how Freud's psychoanalytic lens sheds light on the choices represented by the gold, silver, and lead caskets and what these choices reveal about human nature and desire. But we won't stop there. We'll extend this analysis to see how these age-old concepts resonate with today's digital culture, especially in the world of memes. Memes, in their essence, are the folklore of the digital age – snapshots of our collective psyche, revealing our hidden fears, desires, and the humor that binds us. Through this lens, we'll examine how the caskets represent different facets of our online behavior and interactions.


Understanding the INTJ Personality: Masterminds of Strategy and Creativity

Today, we wander into the enigmatic and complex world of the INTJ personality type, a rare blend of intellectual prowess and structured imagination. Often termed the 'Rational Mastermind', INTJ people are a fascinating study in contrasts: strategic yet creative, future-oriented yet adaptable, and logical yet imaginative. This exploration takes us deep into the psyche of INTJ folk, unveiling the nuances that define their interaction with the world and their internal processes. From their strategic planning and unique creativity to their interaction with social dynamics and personal growth, we unravel the layers that make the INTJ both intriguing and misunderstood. This journey not only highlights their distinct traits but also examines the challenges they face in a world that doesn’t always align with their unique perspective. Join us in this insightful exploration of one of the most compelling personality types, where we seek to understand the masterminds of strategy and creativity in their full complexity.


The Mystical and Cultural Significance of Numbers: From Lucky 7 to the Esoteric 11

We will now share a pathway through the fascinating world where numbers transcend their mathematical identity to become symbols of collective human beliefs, cultural narratives, and mystical meanings. In this exploration, we dive into the luck and divinity associated with the number 7 in American culture and the Book of Revelation, contrasted with its perception in other cultures. We examine the prosperity linked to the number 8 in Chinese numerology and its starkly different connotations in Western contexts.


Valentine's Legacy: Althea and Caelum's Eternal Love

Once, in a time not unlike ours, a quaint village lay nestled in the embrace of ancient hills, where myths whispered with the wind and reality danced with fantasy. It was here that the story of two souls, Althea and Caelum, unfolded—a tale that sought to unravel the provenance and meaning of love. Althea, a weaver of unparalleled skill, was known for her artistry that captured not just images but emotions. Her threads seemed to pulse with life, weaving tales of joy, sorrow, and love. Caelum, a humble apothecary, was her counterpart, creating potions that could heal the body and, some whispered, touch the soul.


The Enduring Power of Liberal Arts Education in the Modern World

The Liberal Arts, historically regarded as the education befitting a free person, encompass a diverse range of disciplines – literature, philosophy, history, arts, languages, and social sciences. These fields are often unjustly critiqued in our technology-driven era, seen as luxurious relics without practical application. Yet, this perception is not just short-sighted; it's a fundamental misunderstanding of the intrinsic value and versatility these disciplines offer.