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Hear This Idea is a podcast showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism. Each episode has an accompanying write-up at www.hearthisidea.com/episodes.

Hear This Idea Fin Moorhouse and Luca Righetti

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Hear This Idea is a podcast showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism. Each episode has an accompanying write-up at www.hearthisidea.com/episodes.

    21. Bruce Friedrich on Protein Alternatives and the Good Food Institute

    21. Bruce Friedrich on Protein Alternatives and the Good Food Institute

    Bruce Friedrich is the co-founder and executive director of The Good Food Institute — a nonprofit that works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to support the development and marketing of cell-cultured and plant-based alternatives to animal food products.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [00:02:21] Bruce's path to GFI
    [00:06:01] Inefficiencies of animal agriculture
    [00:10:06] Other external harms of animal agriculture
    [00:18:27] GFI's theory of change
    [00:27:54] Why focus on affluent markets?
    [00:32:53] Is regular meat-eating an historical abberation?
    [00:35:22] Protein alternative research
    [00:38:49] Plant-based vs cultivated meat
    [00:42:40] Marketing protein alternatives
    [00:47:27] Nomenclature
    [00:49:44] Policy
    [00:53:46] Why do we need government spending on R&D?
    [00:57:40] GFI's counterfactual impact
    [01:01:08] Religious influences
    [01:04:43] The supreme court
    [01:09:16] Three book recommendations
    [01:13:14] Outro

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    20. Leah Edgerton and Manja Gärtner on Animal Charity Evaluation

    20. Leah Edgerton and Manja Gärtner on Animal Charity Evaluation

    Leah Edgerton and Manja Gärtner are respectively the Executive Director and a Senior Researcher at Animal Charity Evaluators — a non-profit whose mission is to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [00:05:27] Why care about Effective Animal Advocacy?
    [00:09:09] Cognitive dissonance and the meat paradox
    [00:13:46] What does ACE do?
    [00:21:10] Measuring effectiveness and doing research
    [00:30:54] Value of information and capacity building
    [00:38:37] Working with NGOs
    [00:48:02] How Animal Advocacy has changed
    [00:51:14] Hopes for the future
    [01:00:23] Closing questions

    You can read much more on these topics in our accompanying write-up: https://hearthisidea.com/episodes/ace.
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    19. Peter Singer on Speciesism, Lockdown Ethics, and Controversial Ideas

    19. Peter Singer on Speciesism, Lockdown Ethics, and Controversial Ideas

    Peter Singer is a moral philosopher and public intellectual, most widely known for his writings about animal ethics and global poverty.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [00:00:00] Introduction
    [00:01:43] Background — Peter Singer introduces himself.
    [00:02:16] Speciesism — Defining the term, and explaining the case against speciesism.
    [00:06:55] Wild Animal Suffering — hould we intervene to reduce suffering in nature?
    [00:09:00] Weighing and Ending Animal Lives — Are all animal lives equal? What, if anything, is wrong with (painlessly) killing animals?
    [00:13:20] Ignoring Animals: Why did thinkers of the past apparently neglect the moral worth of animals? Why is animal ethics relatively new?
    [00:16:50] History of Western Attitudes to Animals—Can we trace the origins of contemporary attitudes to animals back to ancient Greece and Judeo-Christian values?
    [00:21:07] Counterfactual Impact of Animal Advocacy
    [00:24:10] The Power of Moral Argument
    [00:25:00] The Schwitzgebel Study
    [00:29:30] What should we do now? — Are veganism and vegetarianism all-or-nothing decisions? Or is it worth choosing a more incremental pathway?
    [00:32:25] The case for Human Challenge Trials
    [00:35:46] Trade-off between Lives and Well-being in Lockdowns — Can the cure for the pandemic be worse than the disease? How would we know?
    [00:42:07] Moral Realism — Parfit's 'Future Tuesday Indifference'
    [00:46:10] Other Moral Systems — What about egalitarianism or prioritarianism?
    [00:49:10] Controversial ideas
    [00:52:28] Journal of Controversial Ideas
    [00:54:35] What have you changed your mind about?
    [00:55:57] Book Recommendations
    [00:57:18] Where to Find PS Online

    You can read much more on these topics in our accompanying write-up: https://hearthisidea.com/episodes/peter.

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    18. Luke Freeman on Giving What We Can and Community Building

    18. Luke Freeman on Giving What We Can and Community Building

    Luke Freeman is the Executive Director of Giving What We Can. Before this, he was a entrepreneur and marketing specialist, including co-founding Positly.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [00:01:52] Background: History of EA
    [00:04:02] Luke's story: Discovering EA
    [00:09:30] Foreign Aid: Myths and valid critiques
    [00:14:58] Evidence: RCTs and the ITN framework
    [00:20:12] News: "Man bites dog"
    [00:26:35] GWWC: Taking the pledge
    [00:43:43] Donations: Risk and hidden zeros
    [00:46:41] GWWC: Common misconceptions
    [00:51:34] Entrepreneurship: Positly and WEIRD science
    [00:54:31] Tech: Market for Donations
    [01:05:46] Final questions: Change in mind and book recommendations

    You can read much more on these topics in our accompanying write-up: https://hearthisidea.com/episodes/luke

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    17. Sriya Iyer on the Economics of Religion

    17. Sriya Iyer on the Economics of Religion

    Dr Sriya Iyer is a Reader in Economics at the University of Cambridge and fellow of St Catharine’s College. Her research applies the tools of economics to topics such as religion, development, and education.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [00:02:14] Introduction: Sriya Iyer
    [00:03:08] Background: What is the economics of religion?
    [00:07:25] Wealth: The Secularization Hypothesis (and why it's wrong)
    [00:12:02] Growth: Weber's Protestant work ethic
    [00:14:43] Demography: Religion and fertility in India
    [00:21:39] Fieldwork: Doing surveys in the developing world
    [00:29:31] Competition: Temples providing non-religious services
    [00:36:39] Signaling: The Club Good Model of Religion
    [00:44:00] Education: Religious versus secular schooling
    [00:47:42] Religious riots: The Political Economy of Hatred in India
    [01:02:57] Other research: Beliefs, experimental economics, and Islamic institutions
    [01:06:51] Social Capital: Trust, reciprocity, bonding versus bridging
    [01:09:41] Future of the field: Religion, Covid-19, and mental health
    [01:14:50] Final questions: Change in mind and book recommendations

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    16. Simon Beard on Parfit, Climate Change, and Existential Risk

    16. Simon Beard on Parfit, Climate Change, and Existential Risk

    Dr Simon Beard is a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. With a background in philosophy, he works on ethical problems relating to the long-term future of humanity, as well as evaluating extreme technological risks.

    In this episode we discuss:


    [2:00] Existential risks defined in brief;
    [4:45] Simon's background;
    [12:30] What made philosopher Derek Parfit so influential;
    [17:30] What is the repugnant conclusion?
    [22:12] What is the non-identity problem?
    [28:40] Meeting Parfit;
    [34:20] Why Simon chose a career in existial risk research;
    [36:43] What existential risk research looks like;
    [45:58] How can we estimate the probability of catastrophes with no strict precedents?
    [56:52] Under what circumstances could climate change cause a collapse of global civilization?
    [1:07:52] Why Simon ran as an MP for the Liberal Democrats;
    [1:17:25] Is academia broken? How can we fix it?
    [1:23:23] Why Simon changed his mind about whether COVID is a potential global catastrophe

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Beautifully done

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