#18x: The Problem with Political Correctness

#18x: The Problem with Political Correctness

Here’s the notes for episode #18x of The Meaning of Everything show. Frustrated with the debate on political correctness, I discuss what I perceive to be common blind spots on both the right and the left. I take the common ‘left’ view that taking care of others and...

#17x: Do you have a Purpose?

#17x: Do you have a Purpose?

Here’s the notes for episode #17x of The Meaning of Everything show. Do you have a purpose in life? Maybe! In today’s episode I take a look at the history of cultural factors that make us all feel like we need to find a “purpose” -- and why it might all be wrong. Be...

16x: Narcissism and Social Media

16x: Narcissism and Social Media

Here’s the notes for episode #16x of The Meaning of Everything show. They often call us “Generation Me.” We are the generation that is selfish, narcissistic, and obsessed with getting Facebook likes. But why? Why are we this way? In this brief episode, I talk about...

#15x: Mystery in Christian History

#15x: Mystery in Christian History

Here’s the notes for episode #15x of The Meaning of Everything show. We tend to radically over-simplify religions. This is especially the case with Christianity, which we often think of as being about irrational faith in a supernatural God. But it really isn’t--at...

#15: Science as an Unending Quest with Marcelo Gleiser

#15: Science as an Unending Quest with Marcelo Gleiser

Here’s the notes for episode #15 of The Meaning of Everything show. We often talk about science like it’s going to deliver us final and certain answers--but is that really how it works? In this mind-blowing episode I chat with theoretical physicist and several times...

#14x: How Human Nature Changes over Time

#14x: How Human Nature Changes over Time

Here’s the notes for episode #14x of The Meaning of Everything show. In the last episode we established that “human nature” changes over time--in this episode Stefani shows you how. By briefly touring early hunter-gathering, the development of agriculture, early...

#14: Will Technology Make us Less Human? with Joseph Fisher

#14: Will Technology Make us Less Human? with Joseph Fisher

Here’s the notes for episode #14 of The Meaning of Everything show. Do our phones rob us of our humanity? What about genetic engineering, or other technologies? Stefani chats with Columbia PhD candidate Joe Fisher about the wild ride we're on in a rapidly changing...