The Meaning of Everything
By Stefani Ruper
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New insights into our biggest questions and problems. Each week spirited Oxford PhD candidate Stefani Ruper chats with an innovative expert in psychology, religion, philosophy, or science who will deepen your understanding of your self, culture, and world. Tune in and you may even be healed, inspired, and (occasionally) entertained in the process. Episodes every Monday and Thursday.
||Clean9x: Solving Nature vs Nurture||Which is more important, nature, or nurture? In this short 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? Finally good science--and a revolution in how we u.||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: The Mystery of the Brain with Nat Barrett||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 misconceptualize the brain.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8x: How Racist Are You?||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 explores the concept of bias trough racism,||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Putting Bias in its Place with Steph Sasse||Bias is arguably the biggest problem facing the modern West. As the world globalizes and political divisions intensify, it becomes easier and easier for us to become entrenched in our biases. In this episode,||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7x: The Dark Side of Science||Admittedly, there are a lot of dark sides of science. But today, Stefani discusses one way we completely misunderstand science that has given rise to problematic cultural phenomena such as fundamentalist Christianity and many cultural issues such as in.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Can Ignorance be Good? with Stuart Firestein||Usually we think of ignorance as a bad thing--but what if appreciating and cultivating ignorance is the key to our success? Stefani chats with Columbia neurobiologist and best-selling author Stuart Firestein about our cultural obsession with facts an..||11/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6x: Losing Faith with Grace||How do you cope when you lose religious faith? How do you live in times of ambiguity or despair? In this podcast Stefani shares what she’s learned working with religious people and groups over time and discusses real strategies for reinventing your..||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Spirituality without Religion with Eric Steinhart||Can you have religious ideas and feelings without God? Stefani chats with philosopher Eric Steinhart who believes you can have wonder, morality, spirituality, and even immortality without God. He does it by thinking about the universe like one giant ..||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5x: Sources of Wonder||Popular culture today focuses on science as a source of wonder--but is that enough? What else is wonderful in our world, and how can you experience it? In this episode Stefani briefly adds context to the earlier discussion of science and wonder and sug.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Wonder in a Scientific World with Lisa Sideris||What happens when you treat science like a religion? Stefani chats with Professor Lisa Sideris about our cultural infatuation with science and what happens when we become overly invested in it: religion. One significant by-product is science becomes a .||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4x: How Religion was Created||Did you know the idea of religion has been used to oppress people for centuries? Stefani tells you all about the history of how the idea of religion came to be in the first place, from the Protestant Reformation to Western colonialism and more.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Does Religion Exist? with Brent Nongbri||Stefani chats with specialist in ancient religious texts Brent Nongbri about the great mistake we all make about religion: thinking it’s real. Crazy as it sounds, it’s true: in some ways, religion doesn’t really exist.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: What's in it for you?||In this third introductory episode, Stefani tells you exactly what you can find in this podcast, including things such as little-known but brilliant guests, high quality interdisciplinary thinking, the reinvigoration of philosophy,||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Why We Need this Podcast||In this second introductory episode, Stefani explains many of the reasons we are so stuck the way we are: anxious, nihilistic, relativistic, defensive, polarized. Learn about ancient humanity, the importance of the invention of writing,||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Stefani's Story||The first three episodes introduce the show (skip if you like!). In this episode, Stefani talks about what she does with her life and why she does it - starting with the panic attacks about dying she had when she was four years old.||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Beautiful integration of thought, theory, and theology - lives up to its name!
Great addition to my podcasts - Stef's honesty, curiosity, and clarity are the perfect compliment to these big, oftentimes unweidly questions. If you're up for an insightful, impassioned, and intelligent journey, I'd highly recommend checking this out!
Relatable, Understandable and Fascinating
This podcast is my new favorite. Stefani’s expertise in the field allows REAL professionals to share philosophical, thoughtful insights on existential questions that can keep me awake at night. The way she is able to effortless bridge the barrier between science, religion and arts and humanities makes this podcast relatable and understandable to anyone. If you are looking for some comfort in a world full of uncertainty, look no further than the graceful, articulate and wisdom of Stefani Ruper.
A fascinating, modern approach to the understanding the meaning of everything
If we all stopped and thought to ourselves, “Why am I here? What is really the point of my existence?”, would this change our lives or mindsets? Stefani’s charming and eloquent podcast helps guide us through these challenging questions allowing a sense of comfort to stem from uncertainty - a difficult feat. In this tumultuous climate, “the Meaning of Everything” is my new favorite warm cup of tea.