Smart talk about the stuff that matters most

Who are we? Why are we the way we are? How do we be the best possible versions of ourselves?

The Meaning of Everything is a podcast that explores new insights into our biggest questions and problems. Each week I chat with a person who has an impactful story or perspective and who is also often also a cutting-edge expert in psychology, history, religion, philosophy, science, or culture. Tune in and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of both yourself and your fellow humans, and maybe even be healed, inspired, and set free in the process.

Occasionally I am also entertaining.

Interview episodes air on Mondays and Q&As air on Thursdays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify or watch on Youtube.

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I give away a free book from my own library to one lucky listener every week.  See here for a list of the books I like to give away.

Do this to be entered in the giveaway: Go here to write a review of the podcast; Take a screenshot of your review as you write it; email your screenshot to tmoeverything@gmail.com. Then you’ll be permanently entered into the drawing for one of my favorite free books on topics ranging from philosophy to happiness to postmodernism to sex to science to god and more.

#23x: Are We Morally Obligated to Help Others?

Here’s the notes for episode #23x of The Meaning of Everything show. A lot of people in the world today think that all you have to do is make yourself happy. But is that any way to live? Is that actually how the world works? In this episode, Stefani tells the history...

#23: A Religion of Nature with Donald Crosby

Here’s the notes for episode #23 of The Meaning of Everything show. Continuing where we left off in episode 22, today philosopher Donald Crosby and I explore in depth all of the ways in which he thinks nature is better at meeting our spiritual needs than traditional...

#22x: Spirituality and Nature

Here’s the notes for episode #22x of The Meaning of Everything show. Did you know there is a whole academic field dedicated to the study of how to be spiritual and still believe in science? It’s called religious naturalism, and today I tell you all about it’s history,...

#22: Why is the West so Nihilistic? with Donald Crosby

Here’s the notes for episode #22 of The Meaning of Everything show. Donald Crosby is the best philosopher you’ve never heard of. One of Stefani’s all time favorite thinkers, Crosby comes on the show today to discuss the problem of nihilism in today’s world: where does...

#21x: How Much do you Need Certainty? The NFC Scale

Here’s the notes for episode #21x of The Meaning of Everything show. How much are you personally persuaded by demagogues, emotional argumentation, and the crowd? How much is Stefani? In this episode Stefani takes and walks you through a quiz designed to answer these...

#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...