#51: Making Meaning Before you Die with Jessie Dezutter

#51: Making Meaning Before you Die with Jessie Dezutter

Here are the notes for episode #51 of Naked Humanity. This week I have on experimental psychologist Jessie Dezutter of KU Leuven University in Belgium, who studies how people make meaning, with a focus on how people deal with existential concerns later in life. We...

#50x: Pros and Cons of Eckhart Tolle & Other Spiritual Gurus

#50x: Pros and Cons of Eckhart Tolle & Other Spiritual Gurus

Here are the notes for episode #50x of Naked Humanity. Eckhart Tolle is the famous spiritual guru who wrote “The Power of Now” - a book about being present, letting go of your ego, and becoming a happier and better person. Is it all BS? Or is it worthwhile? In this X...

#49x: Why You Shouldn’t Rely Only on Reason

#49x: Why You Shouldn’t Rely Only on Reason

Here are the notes for episode #49x of Naked Humanity. A listener writes in and asks, why are some people so obsessed with reason? He asks the question because “prioritizing reason to know the world” is listed as a mission statement of a church he tried going to. I...

#49: Are Robots the Next Gods? with Dr. Beth Singler

#49: Are Robots the Next Gods? with Dr. Beth Singler

Here are the notes for episode #49 of Naked Humanity. Super-intelligent machines are coming - but what does that mean for us? Will they become like Gods? Maybe. Will we treat them like Gods? Some people are already doing it. In today’s fascinating episode, Dr Beth...

#48x: Philosophical Perspective on Slut Shaming

#48x: Philosophical Perspective on Slut Shaming

Here are the notes for episode #48 of Naked Humanity. A listener writes in and asks: am I a slut? I use what I know about the histories of religion, philosophy, and culture to explain why the idea of a slut exists at all, and options for handling it. I also argue that...

#47x: What You Need to Know about Postmodernism

#47x: What You Need to Know about Postmodernism

Here are the notes for episode #47x of Naked Humanity. Postmodernism has been rumored to be BOTH the cause of Donald Trump’s popularity as well as the movement that will ultimately be the ruin of him. How could it be both at once? In this episode I respond to a...

#47: Philosophical Answers to the Meaning of Life with Iddo Landau

#47: Philosophical Answers to the Meaning of Life with Iddo Landau

Here are the notes for episode #47 of Naked Humanity. What is the meaning of life? You might not know it, but you probably assume a lot of things that affect your feelings about it. For instance, it is a very common bias for people to think that life is meaning for...

#46x: The Insignificance of Humanity

#46x: The Insignificance of Humanity

Here are the notes for episode #46 of Naked Humanity. This week a listener asks Stefani, does humanity seem small and insignificant to you? Does it scare you? Stefani reflects on how modern humans are more worried about insignificance than any before, and describes...