How God Works: The Science Behind Spirituality


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While religion and science often seem at odds, there’s one thing they can agree on: people who take part in spiritual practices tend to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. The big question is: Why? In the “How God Works” podcast, professor Dave DeSteno takes us on a journey to find out – one that combines cutting edge neuroscience with ancient wisdom.

He’ll speak to leading scientists, spiritual teachers, and religious leaders to explore what we can learn from faith practices ranging from meditation and prayer to psychedelics and fire-walking. He’ll look at how we can adapt and use spiritual practices in our own lives, whatever our beliefs -- including none at all.

By working across boundaries that usually divide people – science versus religion, one faith versus another – we’ll find new ways to make life better for everyone.

Episode Date
Season 5 of How God Works is Coming
Sep 17, 2023
Is Burning Man a Party or a Pilgrimage? (2022)
Aug 27, 2023
Jul 09, 2023
What’s Old is New Again
Jun 25, 2023
Can Ancient Wisdom Help Gen Z's Stress & Unhappiness?
Jun 11, 2023
Moving Beyond Us vs Them
May 28, 2023
Sacred Sound
May 14, 2023
The Flow of Craft
Apr 30, 2023
God is Green
Apr 16, 2023
The Power of Awe
Apr 02, 2023
Season 4 Trailer
Mar 26, 2023
From The Happiness Lab: Yoga of the Mind
Mar 20, 2023
How to be a Great Ancestor
Feb 05, 2023
Grief: Moving Through Loss (2022)
Jan 22, 2023
Uniter or Divider? Explore Religion in Modern America. A How God Works Live Event.
Jan 08, 2023
A Holiday from Tech Addiction
Dec 25, 2022
How to Forgive
Dec 11, 2022
How God Works Live Event!
Dec 04, 2022
How to Fix Work
Nov 27, 2022
Religion and Robots and AI…Oh My!
Nov 13, 2022
Making God Real
Oct 30, 2022
How God Works Live Event!
Oct 23, 2022
Is Burning Man a Party or a Pilgrimage?
Oct 16, 2022
Season Three Trailer
Oct 02, 2022
Death: Embracing the Last Transition
May 22, 2022
Grief: Moving Through Loss
May 08, 2022
Midlife: Leaning Into the Change
Apr 24, 2022
Relationships and Marriage (Part 2): Keeping the Fire Burning
Apr 10, 2022
Relationships and Marriage (Part 1): Finding the Right Balance
Mar 27, 2022
Adolescence: How to Build an Adult
Mar 13, 2022
Childhood: Growing the Moral Muscle
Feb 27, 2022
Birth: Getting Off to Good Start
Feb 13, 2022
New Year, New You, Take 2!
Jan 30, 2022
Pain: The Benefits of Suffering
Jan 09, 2022
Giving Alms: Why Everybody Wins
Dec 26, 2021
Healing Rituals: There’s Power in Belief
Dec 12, 2021
Transcendence: Why Chemicals Need Rituals
Nov 28, 2021
Gratitude: Why Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving
Nov 14, 2021
Contemplating Death: A Secret for Happiness
Oct 31, 2021
Meditation: A Key to Kindness?
Oct 17, 2021
Religion's Toolbox
Oct 03, 2021
Season 1 Trailer
Sep 26, 2021