#21: Extremism in the Modern World with Arie Kruglanski

#21: Extremism in the Modern World with Arie Kruglanski

Here’s the notes for episode #21 of The Meaning of Everything show. Arie Kruglanski was born in Nazi Poland is today one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of extremism, terrorism, and close-mindedness. In this episode he chats with Stefani about how...

20x: How Uncertainty is Killing Us

20x: How Uncertainty is Killing Us

Here’s the notes for episode #20x of The Meaning of Everything show. The winner of this week's giveaway is Sara B! Stefani explores one of the background principles of her current book--that uncertainty is often one of the most stressful and problematic things we can...

#20: The Problem with an All-Powerful God with Michael Hogue

#20: The Problem with an All-Powerful God with Michael Hogue

Here’s the notes for episode #20 of The Meaning of Everything show. How much do our beliefs--both conscious and subconscious--influence our society and politics? Today Stefani chats with Dr Michael Hogue about some fundamental beliefs we’ve inherited in the West: that...

#19x: Homo Salvificus: The Species that’s Dying to be Saved

#19x: Homo Salvificus: The Species that’s Dying to be Saved

Here’s the notes for episode #19x of The Meaning of Everything show. What does it mean to be saved? Who can be saved? In today’s episode, Stefani shares one of the innovations she is contributing to the study of religion: a completely new theory of salvation. Be sure...

#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...