#13x: Is Atheism a Religion?

#13x: Is Atheism a Religion?

Here’s the notes for episode #13x of The Meaning of Everything show. Nowadays there are atheist meetups, atheist book clubs, and even atheist churches. Is atheism becoming a religion?! Today Stefani talks about the similarities and differences between American atheism...

#13: Toxic Atheism in America Today with Caroline Matas

#13: Toxic Atheism in America Today with Caroline Matas

Here’s the notes for episode #13 of The Meaning of Everything show. Hateful, anti-feminist rhetoric is on the rise in the West. What does atheism have to do with it? This week Stefani chats with Princeton scholar of American religions Caroline Matas about how today’s...

#12x: Stefani’s Year of Celibacy

#12x: Stefani’s Year of Celibacy

Here’s the notes for episode #12x of The Meaning of Everything show. A testament to the potential for New Year’s Resolutions to do actual good, today Stefani tells the story of the year she resolved to be celibate. Tune in and learn about her history of traumatic...

#12: Trauma in Evangelical Communities with Tyler Tully

#12: Trauma in Evangelical Communities with Tyler Tully

Here’s the notes for episode #12 of The Meaning of Everything show. Stefani chats with fellow Oxford scholar Tyler Tully who grew up experiencing and witnessing severe trauma in an Evangelical community. These days Tully specializes in researching these kinds of...

#11: Christmas Through the Ages

#11: Christmas Through the Ages

Here’s the notes for episode #11 of The Meaning of Everything show. Most of us know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th--but what else is mythical about Christmas? In this episode, Stefani walks you through the history of Christmas from ancient European wine making...

10x: Lessons in Happiness from the East

10x: Lessons in Happiness from the East

Here’s the notes for episode #10x of The Meaning of Everything show. All cultures have their problems, but we can still learn from one another. In this brief episode Stefani discusses research that has been conducted on the differences in mental health and happiness...

#10: The Self: West vs East with Mari Ovsepyan

#10: The Self: West vs East with Mari Ovsepyan

Here’s the notes for episode #10 of The Meaning of Everything show. We all know that the “East” and “West” are different--but just how deep do these differences reach? This week Stefani chats with fellow Oxford PhD candidate Mari Ovsepan about her personal experiences...

#9x: Solving Nature vs Nurture

#9x: Solving Nature vs Nurture

Here’s the notes for episode #9x of The Meaning of Everything show. Which is more important, nature, or nurture? In this episode Stefani explains the debate, weighs the pros and cons of each, and explains why each is ultimately wrong. What are we left with, then?...

#9: The Mystery of the Brain with Nat Barrett

#9: The Mystery of the Brain with Nat Barrett

Here’s the notes for episode #9 of The Meaning of Everything show. We often talk about the brain like a computer, but is that really how it works? This week Stefani chats with philosopher Nat Barrett who argues that most cognitive scientists completely...

#8x: How Racist Are You?

#8x: How Racist Are You?

Here’s the notes for episode #8x of The Meaning of Everything show. Did you know there are more than 190 biases that plague every one of us? Try as you might to be objective, it is impossible. To even THINK you are unbiased is itself a bias. In this episode Stefani...