#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...

#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...