EPISODE 10We all know that the “East” and “West” are different–but just how deep do these differences reach? This week Stefani chats with fellow Oxford PhD candidate Mari Ovsepan about her personal experiences growing up in an “Eastern culture”–which has a more extended, collective sense of self, and now living in a more individualistic Western culture. They discuss Mari’s experiences of coping with the West, the ecstasy of encountering others, why the medievals were right about imagination, and what each culture can spiritually and emotionally learn from the other.
EPISODE 9We often talk about the brain like a computer, but is that really how it works? Philosopher Nat Barrett comes on today and tells us all the ways we’ve completed misunderstood the role the brain plays in our thoughts and feelings, and what this means for our lives and our spiritual experiences.
Bias is arguably the biggest problem facing the modern West. As the world globalizes and political divisions intensify, it becomes easier and easier for us to become entrenched in our biases. In this episode, Stefani chats with organizer and founder of The Plenary Steph Sasse about human biases and what can be done about them in the modern world, from using state-of-the-art neuroscience to throwing themed parties.
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Oblige me with a quick thought experiment. Draw a picture in your head of someone who is religious. Think about what they’re wearing, what kinds of objects they might be carrying, and most importantly, how they behave and the kinds of thoughts and feelings that are in...read more
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