29x: The Big Myth About Social Media

29x: The Big Myth About Social Media

Here’s the notes for episode #29x of The Meaning of Everything show. It is commonly assumed that social media creates echo chambers, which play a role in making us more polarized and entrenched in our own viewpoints. But today Stefani challenges this assumption, and...

Does the Internet Make Life Worse? with Chris Burr

Does the Internet Make Life Worse? with Chris Burr

Here’s the notes for episode #29 of The Meaning of Everything show. What are the impacts of technology on our health, wellness, and efforts to live a good life? Stefani chats with philosopher of cognition and technology Chris Burr to probe the depths of our...

#28x: Philosophy Has Died: Who Killed It?

#28x: Philosophy Has Died: Who Killed It?

Here’s the notes for episode #28x of The Meaning of Everything show. Philosophy was once the source of our world’s best solace. It was the source of our best advice, our best systems of meaning and beauty, and our best inspirations. Today it is an academic discipline...

#28: Individualism vs Identity Politics with Amod Lele

#28: Individualism vs Identity Politics with Amod Lele

Here’s the notes for episode #28 of The Meaning of Everything show. Ever get the advice to just “find yourself”? In this fascinating podcast Stefani chats with scholar Amod Lele about how Western society romanticizes individualism. Why are we obsessed with being...

#27x: Why Fear Strangles the 21st Century

#27x: Why Fear Strangles the 21st Century

Here’s the notes for episode #27x of The Meaning of Everything show. Most people understand that we are easily manipulated by fear. But just how far does this reach? How pervasive is fear in today’s world, and how does it affect our politics, relationships, and...

#27: The Subconscious Impact of Language with Samantha Morse

#27: The Subconscious Impact of Language with Samantha Morse

Here’s the notes for episode #27 of The Meaning of Everything show. How do words affect you? How does grammar and punctuation affect you? It does a whole lot more than you might think. In today’s episode, specialist in English literature and affect theory Samantha...

26x: Americans Increasingly Distrust Science: Here’s Why

26x: Americans Increasingly Distrust Science: Here’s Why

Here’s the notes for episode #26x of The Meaning of Everything show. Science may be imperfect, but it’s honestly pretty great. Why do so many people hate and distrust it, then? In this episode Stefani gets to the bottom of it by exploring 1) how science often...

#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...