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Want a philosophy or worldview that's grounded in reality and has compassion for all sentient beings (mostly humans and other animals)?
Then you might find Sentientism interesting. It's "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings."
In this podcast, you'll hear about "what's real" and "what matters" from a wide range of celebrities, academics, activists, writers - and interested lay people like me.
Find out more at https://sentientism.info/ or join one of our open-to-all, global community groups, like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism

Sentientism Jamie Woodhouse

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Want a philosophy or worldview that's grounded in reality and has compassion for all sentient beings (mostly humans and other animals)?
Then you might find Sentientism interesting. It's "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings."
In this podcast, you'll hear about "what's real" and "what matters" from a wide range of celebrities, academics, activists, writers - and interested lay people like me.
Find out more at https://sentientism.info/ or join one of our open-to-all, global community groups, like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism

    78: "A whole new relationship with non human animals that will blow people’s minds!" - Jonina Turzi - Sentientist Conversation

    78: "A whole new relationship with non human animals that will blow people’s minds!" - Jonina Turzi - Sentientist Conversation

    Jonina (@JoninaTurzi) is cofounder of Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, a volunteer district leader for HSUS, & a doctor of physical therapy & yoga educator.

    In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”

    Sentientism is "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings." The video of our conversation is here on YouTube.



    We discuss:

    0:00 Welcome



    1:24 Jonina's Intro

    - Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, physical therapy, yoga teaching, sobriety, queerness



    2:33 What's Real?

    - Hippie parents, social justice, civil rights

    - Catholic father & schooling, more cultural than doctrinal

    - Brethren Church family history

    - Parents with a spiritual appreciation without buying into religious doctrine

    - Feeling the freedom to explore "I just want you to be happy"

    - "It felt like a human construct"

    - Identifying as an atheist as a teenager

    - Finding a beauty in the human body (& a sense of spiritual meaning) through an anatomy class

    - Being bullied, as a "young queer kid", by members of "Youth for Christ"

    - "I have no idea what's real"

    - The lower & upper case "Self" in some Yoga practice

    - Some things might always be unknowable

    - Reverence, wonder & awe... openness



    17:10 What (& who) Matters?

    - Oneness & interconnectedness

    - Unnecessary harm to sentient others

    - Might plants have a kind of sentience? "I'm OK with saying we shouldn't harm plants unnecessarily"

    - Seeing the similiarities between human and non-human animals through physiology

    - "The idea that non-human animals aren't sentient is so bizarre to me"

    - Movement & intent as indicators of sentience

    - Are Roomba's sentient?

    - Evolution, behaviour/comms, information processing as inferential evidence for sentience

    - Intrinsic & instrumental value

    - The ethical dangers of holistic/ecocentric thinking

    - "Spirtual Bypassing"... rushing to find a purpose/meaning/spiritual goal while bypassing compassion & understanding

    - Knowing very spiritual people who also own factory farms

    - A local factory farm with a Bible verse written on it

    - "The foundation of a spiritual practice is caring for others"

    - Stages of moral development: Ego, ethno, anthropocentric...

    37:30 Vegetarian to vegan

    - Rebelling against Jonina's mother's vegetarianism as a teenager

    - Being vegetarian. Not understanding dairy

    - Seeing slaughterhouse footage & going vegan together with Jonina's partner

    - Social indoctrination re: animal ethics & the supernatural

    - Climate change

    - The relationship between scarcity & morality. Is it harder to be moral under scarcity?



    ...and much more. Full show notes at Sentientism.info and on YouTube.

    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at Sentientism.info. Join Peter on our "I'm a Sentientist" wall via this simple form.

    Everyone, Sentientist or not, is welcome in our groups. The biggest so far is here on FaceBook.

    Thanks for the post-prod Graham.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    77: Rod Graham's "Being" - cross-post bonus episode on Sentientism

    77: Rod Graham's "Being" - cross-post bonus episode on Sentientism

    This episode is a bonus cross-post from Rod Graham's Being series on YouTube where I talked to Rod about Sentientism. You can watch the video of our conversation on his channel here.

    Check out and subscribe to Rod's channel and give him a follow on Twitter.

    I hope you enjoy our conversation! As ever, this is my personal perspective so many other Sentientists will disagree - while still agreeing on "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings."

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    76: Humanism will Evolve into Sentientism - Peter Tatchell - Sentientist Conversations

    76: Humanism will Evolve into Sentientism - Peter Tatchell - Sentientist Conversations

    Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell & petertatchell.net) has been an activist for human rights, democracy, LGBT+ freedom and global justice since 1967. Watch the Netflix documentary about his life, "Hating Peter Tatchell". He directs the Peter Tatchell foundation (petertatchellfoundation.org).

    In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”

    Sentientism is "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings." The video of our conversation is here on Youtube.

    We discuss:

    0:00 Welcome



    1:10 Peter's Intro - a lifetime of activism

    - Teenage campaigning: indigenous rights, death penalty, Vietnam war

    - A wide spectrum of campaigns: LGBT+ rights, social justice, free speech, Balochistan, West Papua



    3:07 What's Real?

    - Growing up in Melbourne in 1950-60s under a right-wing government

    - Evangelical Protestant Christian Bible literalist parents

    - "You take what your parents say, usually, to be what is right"

    - Studying science at school & starting to question

    - Being horrified at 11 yrs hearing about the racist bombing of a black church in Alabama

    - Black civil rights & Martin Luther King & Liberation theology

    - "If god is omnipotent, why does evil happen?"

    - Teaching Sunday School at 16

    - Being told evolution was a "satanic theory" by abusive step-father

    - Dropping the hateful, vengeful old testament god & holding on to more compassionate new testament values

    - Homosexuality was still a criminal offence in 1969

    - "I was genuinely afraid that if I came out, they [my parents] would turn me in to the police"

    - "For both of them, homosexuality was a terrible, mortal sin - almost on a par with murder & rape"

    - How Peter's mother has come to support LGBT+ rights

    - Becoming an atheist & humanist at ~20



    19:10 What & Who Matters?

    - Still holding to some of the compassionate values of Christianity, but those values aren't exclusive to religion

    - Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global, not "western"

    - Human rights are evolving & expanding. Yet to extend to LGBT+ / disability

    - AI/robot rights? Peter's 1970's degree dissertation on cyborg sentience & rights

    - Pre-human proto-morality

    - Looking after the family cow at 9 yrs old. Seeing the cruelty of circuses/zoos at 10.

    - "I knew they had feelings... but I never thought they had rights"

    - Being revolted by seeing chickens being killed "but I was still eating the meat"

    - Considering non-human animal rights in the 1970-80s & reducing animal product consumption

    - "Other animals are sentient beings - they have feelings"

    ...and much more. Full show notes at Sentientism.info and on YouTube.



    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at Sentientism.info. Join Peter on our "I'm a Sentientist" wall via this simple form.

    Everyone, Sentientist or not, is welcome in our groups. The biggest so far is here on FaceBook.

    Thanks for the post-prod Graham.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    75: Should Stoics be vegan? - Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci - Sentientist Conversation

    75: Should Stoics be vegan? - Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci - Sentientist Conversation

    Massimo (figsinwinter.blog & @mpigliucci) is Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He co-hosted the Rationally Speaking Podcast & was the editor in chief for the magazine Scientia Salon. He is an outspoken critic of pseudoscience & creationism & an advocate for secularism, science education & Stoicism. 

    In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”

    Sentientism is "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings." The video of our conversation is here on Youtube.



    We discuss:

    0:00 Welcome



    1:10 Massimo's Intro: Evo bio to philosophy



    1:40 What's Real?

    - Growing up in Rome, "Catholic by default"

    - Accepting the christian world view, but questioning it early. The Trinity, transubstantiation

    - At communion: "It doesn't taste like human flesh"

    - Adopting secular humanism & turning to science & philosophy

    - The limitations of secular humanism: "When it came to real crises in my life... secular humanism was not very useful... it doesn't help me to think in terms of human rights when my father is dying"

    - Stoicism as a practical philosophy of ethics & how to live a meaningful life

    - Hume & Russell

    - Some of the commandments "seem a little narcissistic & self-centred coming from a god"

    - Jesus seems like a good guy but the Catholic church has taken some awful political positions over the centuries & today

    - Not blaming Jesus but instead blaming patriarchal forces inside & outside religion

    - Antivaxx, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine

    - "I don't believe that any unfounded belief is harmless, ultimately"

    - The attitude of taking unfounded beliefs seriously crosses boundaries easily. Jumping from one mystical or conspiracy theory to another

    - Hume "A reasonable person proportions his belief to the evidence" 

    - Faith as belief without evidence

    - The ony thing you don't want to do without belief is go to 0% or 100%. Bayesianism

    - Carl Sagan's It's nice to have an open mind, but not so open your brain falls out

    - Don't ask "is it possible?" ask "how likely is it to be true?"

    - The risk of dogmatic attitudes even amongst skeptics

    - People don't like being told they're idiots

    - Even a religious/supernatural worldview with modern ethics still presents a risk

    - When religious authority conflicts with compassionate ethics

    - As a secular humanist can disagree with Sagan or Seneca. As a Christian person I can't disagree with god or Jesus



    21:21 What & Who Matters?

    - The Tolstoy fallacy "Unless there is a god you might as well go around murdering and raping"

    - Naturalistic ethics (Philippa Foot, Confucianism, virtue ethics and more...)

    ...And much more. Full show notes on YouTube and Sentientism.info.



    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at Sentientism.info. Join our "I'm a Sentientist" wall via this simple form.


    Everyone, Sentientist or not, is welcome in our groups. The biggest so far is here on FaceBook.

    Thanks for the post-prod Graham.

    • 1 hr
    74: Author C Lou Hamilton - "I'm increasingly unsatisfied with anyone who has any degree of privilege who claims to be doing social justice work who has no time for veganism" - Sentientism

    74: Author C Lou Hamilton - "I'm increasingly unsatisfied with anyone who has any degree of privilege who claims to be doing social justice work who has no time for veganism" - Sentientism

    C Lou / Carrie (@clouhamilton1 & veganismsexandpolitics.com & drcarriehamilton.com) is an author, editor & translator. She wrote the book "Veganism, Sex & Politics: Tales of Danger & Pleasure" about her vegan journey & how veganism relates to wider social justice issues including feminist, queer & anti-racist politics as well as environmentalism.

    In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”

    Sentientism is "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings." The video of our conversation is here on YouTube.



    We discuss:

    0:00 Welcome



    2:05 Carrie's Intro - academic history to writing & activism

    - Acknowledging Canada's indigenous & settlement history

    - Growing up near Toronto

    - Agnostic, democratic socialist parents, focused on social justice, activism environmentalism & praxis. No feminism, animal ethics or colonial awareness

    - "I didn't know any vegetarians when I was growing up"

    - Extending moral consideration beyond humans. Considering our responsibilities

    - Feminism & women's studies

    - The liberation of leaving academia

    - Writing "Veganism, Sex & Politics"

    - Academic activism, public reach & politics

    - "The idea that you would do animal studies while at the same time eating their bodies..."



    16:25 What's Real?

    - Agnosticism

    - Psychedelics, spiritual/mystical experiences

    - Having respect for religious people but little patience for religious institutions. Not positive influences. Patriarchy & authoritarianism

    - Institutional abuse & cover-ups

    - Naturalistic & supernatural experiences of awe & wonder

    - How supernatural beliefs can warp ethics

    - How religious organisations use societal deference as a shield

    - The positive contributions of religious institutions

    - Feminism: asking questions & considering practicalities



    30:09 What Matters?

    - Supernatural & naturalistic ethical frameworks

    - The importance of challenging our assumptions & influences (e.g. re: sentient animals & veganism)

    - Individualism, collectivism, authoritarianism, dogma

    - Forms of feminism

    - "It's important to think about... & revise... where our values come from"

    - Movements that are ostensibly secular often mindlessly integrate aspects of authoritarianism & dogma from religion

    - Criticisms of veganism as puritan & sacrificial. But it's a pleasure!

    - The challeges of talking about veganism as a "moral baseline" (Francione, Steiner). Too much dogma?

    - Applying a naturalistic humility & scepticism to ethics

    - Introspection via Buddhist meditation & writing

    - Having the space & resources to slow down & be mindful



    + more! Full notes on YouTube and Sentientism.info.



    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at Sentientism.info. Join our "I'm a Sentientist" wall using this simple form.

    ​Everyone, Sentientist or not, is welcome in our groups. Our biggest so far is here on Facebook.

    Thanks for the post-prod Graham.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    73: Artists of Data Science - cross-post bonus episode on the Philosophy of Sentientism

    73: Artists of Data Science - cross-post bonus episode on the Philosophy of Sentientism

    This episode is a bonus cross-post from The Artists of Data Science podcast where I talk to Harpreet Sahota about Sentientism. We cover some of my personal perspectives too - so as ever, many other Sentientists will disagree.

    Harpreet has hosted an eclectic range of guests in his 171 episodes so far. If it looks interesting, why not subscribe to TADS as well as Sentientism!

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

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Fascinating conversations

This podcast is such a valuable resource for those interested in the philosophical underpinnings of veganism. It’s become my go-to podcast recommendation for people interested in thoughtful conversations related to ethics and animal rights that isn’t dumbed-down for the broadest possible audience. The production quality is still a little rough around the edges, but I’m sure as time goes on that will only get better. I’ll take good ideas over flashy soundbites any day. My only other minor complaint would be the lack of episode numbers which makes sharing specific episodes a little harder. But overall, this really is a great podcast.

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Excellent Discussions

I really enjoy listening to Jamie and his guests. He's very skilled in connecting with a whole variety of people, and knows how to get them to address the important issues and questions. The conversations seem informal and friendly but are really informative. Strong recommend.

Jonina Turzi ,

A Breath of Fresh Air

I love this podcast so much! The host is a brilliant and compassionate person interviewing experts in various fields about their philosophies. The unifying theme of “Sentientism” is so appealing and satisfying, and feels like one of those ideas that is “the only air worth breathing.” I believe it could really help humanity as we advance our respect for each other and the natural world.

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