Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Tips for Existence
‘We’re at a point where we’ve got Netflix. It’s not just foraging around in muddy puddles looking for funny looking mushrooms’.

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Tips for Existence Episode 4
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Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a biblical scholar, author and broadcaster. She currently serves as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter where her main research focuses on the Hebrew Bible and Israelite and Judahite history and religion. And, in what is surprisingly uncommon in her field, Francesca is also an atheist arguing that non-believers shouldn’t be excluded, of course, from studying on the most influential cultural documents in human history. How has her experience, and studies, effected her view on the meaning of it all?


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: Francesca on Question Time, Richard Dawkins on BBC’s Beautiful Minds, Francesca on RHLSTP, Francesca at Conway Hall, When the Wind Blows trailer, Wonders of the Universe, Penn & Teller on Jonathon Ross, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, George Formby When I’m Cleaning Windows, BBC One’s Life Story, Life in Cold Blood, Francesca on The Weekly, Mr Blue Sky by ELO

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