#26: How Science Can Save Democracy with Harry Collins

#26: How Science Can Save Democracy with Harry Collins

Here’s the notes for episode #26 of The Meaning of Everything show. We can hardly trust  anything anymore. We can’t trust our banks, our media, our governments. But what about science? Even though it has its problems, science has remained more trustworthy than other...

#25x: Why Do We Believe What We Believe?

#25x: Why Do We Believe What We Believe?

Here’s the notes for episode #25x of The Meaning of Everything show. You might THINK that objectivity exists and that you rationally find your way to truth with the powers of pure reason, but in this episode Stefani demonstrates why that’s false. Philosopher David...

#25: Why Do We Believe in Gods? with Connor Wood

#25: Why Do We Believe in Gods? with Connor Wood

Here’s the notes for episode #25 of The Meaning of Everything show. Why do we believe in Gods? Why is belief in supernatural deities found universally around the world? This is a question that has baffled scientists and scholars for centuries. Dr. Connor Wood comes on...

#24x: How Self-Esteem Can Save the World

#24x: How Self-Esteem Can Save the World

Here’s the notes for episode #24x of The Meaning of Everything show. Building on conversations with recent guests, Stefani argues that there are two different kinds of self-esteem. One has the power to melt our societies to the ground; the other has the power to lift...

#24: How Death Affects Everything You Do with Sheldon Solomon

#24: How Death Affects Everything You Do with Sheldon Solomon

Here’s the notes for episode #24 of The Meaning of Everything show. You might not think about death very often, but the work of today’s guest has demonstrated that death plays a crucial role in our psychological make-ups. Sheldon Solomon is an expert psychologist and...

#23x: Are We Morally Obligated to Help Others?

#23x: Are We Morally Obligated to Help Others?

Here’s the notes for episode #23x of The Meaning of Everything show. A lot of people in the world today think that all you have to do is make yourself happy. But is that any way to live? Is that actually how the world works? In this episode, Stefani tells the history...

#23: A Religion of Nature with Donald Crosby

#23: A Religion of Nature with Donald Crosby

Here’s the notes for episode #23 of The Meaning of Everything show. Continuing where we left off in episode 22, today philosopher Donald Crosby and I explore in depth all of the ways in which he thinks nature is better at meeting our spiritual needs than traditional...

#22x: Spirituality and Nature

#22x: Spirituality and Nature

Here’s the notes for episode #22x of The Meaning of Everything show. Did you know there is a whole academic field dedicated to the study of how to be spiritual and still believe in science? It’s called religious naturalism, and today I tell you all about it’s history,...

#22: Why is the West so Nihilistic? with Donald Crosby

#22: Why is the West so Nihilistic? with Donald Crosby

Here’s the notes for episode #22 of The Meaning of Everything show. Donald Crosby is the best philosopher you’ve never heard of. One of Stefani’s all time favorite thinkers, Crosby comes on the show today to discuss the problem of nihilism in today’s world: where does...

#21x: How Much do you Need Certainty? The NFC Scale

#21x: How Much do you Need Certainty? The NFC Scale

Here’s the notes for episode #21x of The Meaning of Everything show. How much are you personally persuaded by demagogues, emotional argumentation, and the crowd? How much is Stefani? In this episode Stefani takes and walks you through a quiz designed to answer these...