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My name is Stefani. I’m a bestselling author, podcaster, and PhD candidate in philosophy, religion, and science at the University of Oxford in England. I began having panic attacks about dying, meaninglessness, and the human condition when I was four years old. I’ve been looking for answers ever since. In some cases, I think I’ve found them.

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#36: Why We Don’t Care about the Environment with Siobhan Senier

Here are the notes for episode #36 of Naked Humanity. Why are we so indifferent and passive when it comes to protecting the environment? Today Stefani chats with specialist in Native American literature Siobhan Senier, and they lean into Senier’s keen insights about...

#35: Why Spirituality Needs Science with Ursula Goodenough

Here are the notes for episode #35 of Naked Humanity. We tend to think that science robs the world of meaning. But today’s guest, world famous biologist (who’s met with the Dalai Lama) Ursula Goodenough has changed the way that we see nature forever. This is because...

#34x: The Philosophy of Power

Here are the notes for episode #34x of Naked Humanity. Power is the most important but least talked about part of what it means to be human. Power is everywhere and in everything in your life, from your romantic relationships to your religion and to your political...

The Age of Uncertainty

We live in an age of abundant knowledge. More than 50 million scientific articles have been published since 1665, and today, on average, over 6,800 scientific articles are published every day

But this knowledge comes at a great price. The more our culture advances philosophically and scientifically—so, the more we know about stuff—the less knowledge we have about the kinds of things that matter most—about right and wrong, about the meaning of life, about who we are and how to make sense of existence. The result is a culture plagued by nihilism, anxiety, close-mindedness, and anger–some of the most pressing problems of the modern world.

As it turns out, the age old adage “the more we know, the more we know we don’t know” is absolutely true, and it may be silently killing us.

The book is currently being written alongside several articles, podcast episodes, and the final chapters of a dissertation. It will likely be published in 2020. Many excerpts and related philosophical ramblings will be published on this website as they are completed. You can find those under the tag “Age of Uncertainty.”
Have you ever wondered why people today are always so angry, so afraid, so anxious?  While there are various answers to these questions—and many of them very important—in this book I argue that a key component to these problems is the amount of what I call existential ambiguity we are forced to live with every day. Modern humans in the West have to live with the greatest amount of uncertainty—and specifically uncertainty about life’s biggest, most pressing questions, such as what is a good life? How do we be moral? Is there a soul? Does God exist? What happens when we die?—that has ever existed in the history of the human race. This has enormous consequences for the ways in which we feel, live, and relate to one another. This book shows us exactly why and how we ended up in this situation, and what needs to be done about it.
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Why Certain Truth Needs to Die

Last week I was tagged several times in the comment section of a Facebook post I didn’t remember liking. Puzzled, I scrolled through the comments and realized that people were repeatedly tagging me in order to demand justification for why I had liked the post. A woman...

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The Destructive Side of Science

Just before his death in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus argued that the Earth revolves around the Sun in a book called On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. This moment is often heralded as the birth of modern science. Now, theories and experiments that we would...

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Human beings are the greatest mystery of all.

But we do know this: we can be resilient, we can be strong, and we can be brave.

Dive into the hard questions and learn how to be the happiest and most extaordinary you.