142 episodes

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 • 14 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

    142: "Veterinarians are merchants of doubt for animal ag" - Dr. Crystal Heath - Founder of Our Honor - Sentientism

    142: "Veterinarians are merchants of doubt for animal ag" - Dr. Crystal Heath - Founder of Our Honor - Sentientism

    Crystal is a veterinary practitioner, a journalist and an activist. She is the co-founder of Our Honor, a charity aiming to create an organized network of veterinary professionals who are able to challenge unethical institutionalised systems and amplify the voices of those who have been marginalised.

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

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

    We discuss:

    00:00 Welcome

    - "I'd love for these sorts of conversations to be had in #veterinary schools"

    - "Should all vets maybe adopt a #Sentientism philosophy?"

    03:21 Crystal's Intro

    - "A veterinarian who kind of recently joined the animal rights movement"

    - "This movement has kind of taken over my whole life"

    - Full-time veterinary practice & founding Our Honor

    - Empowering vets to "speak their conscience & confront systems of violence"

    - Countering bullying & retaliation

    - Compassionate Bay working on Californian legislation

    - The California fur ban & global impact

    - "It's quite astonishing - the resistance in the veterinary community to animal rights"

    - The founding of veterinary practice in animal exploitation

    - "They actively keep out anybody with an animal rights agenda from entering the profession"

    06:36 What's Real?

    - Growing up in an agnostic family on a farm

    - Celebrating Christmas

    - "What are you, Christian or Jewish?... like those were the only two options"

    - Asking what happens when chicks die... "their soul goes to heaven"

    - Young people's encounters with death "shocking & terrifying" "but I don't have that same sense of trauma from it... they're being released from this faulty body"

    - "I have a very scientific mindset"

    - Reading the Bible... being fascinated

    - Arguing about organ donation

    - Weddings: "the wife had to obey & submit... that didn't seem like something I could jump on board with"

    -  @ellendegeneres  #ellendegeneres coming out & being attacked by religious homophobes

    - Religion: maintaining hierarchy & power structures vs. people treating each other better

    - "What if agnostics & atheists organised themselves - would they end up trying to oppress others?"

    - "There are some big unanswered questions... why am I here... where does consciousness come from? Once you die, lights out... really?"

    - "...consciousness is a supernatural thing? I don't know"

    - Ontological & methodological / epistemological #naturalism 

    - "All models are wrong but some are useful"

    - Sentience vs. consciousness

    - Panpsychism & Luke Roelofs episode...



    ...and much more. Full show notes at 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 33 min
    141: "All suffering matters morally" - Eva Hamer of Pax Fauna - Sentientism

    141: "All suffering matters morally" - Eva Hamer of Pax Fauna - Sentientism

    Eva is the operations lead for the startup non-profit Pax Fauna. Pax Fauna exists to design a more effective social movement for animal freedom in the U.S. Eva has been organizing in the animal freedom movement since 2015 when she started working with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) in Chicago, where she focused on building community, writing protest music, and compiling the movements’ songs into an online songbook used by advocates around the world. She started working full time as DxE’s legal coordinator in 2018, managing the organization’s many legal cases, organizing trainings, and orchestrating large artistic demonstrations. Building on a background in Kingian nonviolence, Eva is a dedicated student of #nonviolentcommunication and is committed to bringing NVC’s repertoire of creative problem-solving tools to the work of building a better culture in the animal movement.

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

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

    We discuss:

    00:00 Welcome

    01:39 Eva's Intro

    02:48 What's Real?

    - "Growing up I definitely loved the supernatural... ghosts... god... mystical things"

    - Raised #episcopalian, baptised, church "I remember really enjoying that"

    - Considering confirmation but "starting to feel a little bit sceptical"

    - 5th grade: Debating people online about religion

    - "A sudden realisation... I don't actually believe all of this"

    - Looking for purpose

    - Identifying as an #atheist & focusing on the harms of religion (unaccepting, destructive, family rejections)

    - "I still don't believe in anything that can't be falsified"

    - "I'm really connected to the needs that can be met by religion..." working in an end of life hospice

    - "My own spirituality... characterised by #nonviolence" a Kingian perspective, nonviolent communication

    - Meeting the needs (community, morality)... without the supernatural

    - Valuing acceptance & care for others led to hostility vs. some religious ethics

    - #yoga & #meditation then finding "a more secular form of meditation"

    - Using supernaturalism as a metaphor

    - Naturalistic "spirituality"... "a felt sense of purpose"

    13:20 What Matters?

    - Non-violence: Getting away from black & white "right and wrong" thinking to "thinking about needs"

    - Finding creative alternatives to meeting needs without violence

    - Needs & strategies to meet them

    - More fundamental needs: safety, sustenance, freedom from suffering

    - #maslow 's hierarchy, Scott Barry Kaufman's sailboat @ThePsychologyPodcast  

    - Protective use of force. Justifiable force. "Nonviolence is definitely not #pacifism "

    - Mourning unmet needs



    ...and much more. Full show notes at 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    140: "Animal rights is a social justice issue now" - Fashion Activist Bel Jacobs - Sentientism

    140: "Animal rights is a social justice issue now" - Fashion Activist Bel Jacobs - Sentientism

    Between 1999 and 2014, Bel was Style Editor for Metro. The fall of Rana Plaza in 2013 forced a re-assessment; today, she is a writer, speaker and activist with a focus on animal rights, the climate emergency and the toxic fashion system. Bel has taken part in and moderated numerous panels for brands and organisations and has been interviewed about her work in activism, alternative systems in fashion and culture change.

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

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

    We discuss:

    00:00 Welcome

    01:48 Bel's Intro

    - Journalism, fashion editor, social & animal justice activism

    - "The world of fashion sucks you in"

    - Co-founding The Islington Climate Centre & running The Empathy Project

    04:19 What's Real?

    - (I mis-spoke & asked "what matters?" - sorry!)

    - Growing up in #hongkong ... rich, vibrant, urban

    - "Really loving animals" first companion animal at 3 "they were these beautiful things"

    - Stray animals & wet markets "but no one talked about it"

    - Food "a very big deal in that culture"... valuing the exotic e.g. suckling pig / turtle soup

    - "At least they were honest... there was no pretense at compassion"

    - "I tucked in because everyone else tucked in"

    - "I held this love of animals whilst eating them for a very long time"

    - Growing up "broadly agnostic" with a Jewish father & a mother who moved through various religions

    - Saying the Lord's Prayer every morning at school

    - "I just couldn't correlate why there were so many sad things happening & god didn't seem to be very active in sorting it out"

    - Coming to #spirituality through "the extent of the suffering... abuse... cruelty"... "I could not rationalise it"

    - "I'm going to drive my love to them through thought & visualisation & #meditation "

    - "My god is the natural world"

    - "Animals are the sentient representations of nature"

    - "I do like to get my hands in the soil"

    19:34 What Matters?

    - "Religions are man made constructions... constructed in times long gone... by powerful men... You cannot not question them."

    - Suffering as central to understanding good & bad

    23:46 Who Matters?

    - "Even as we talk most people will think we're talking just about humans"

    - Moral philosophy's focus on humans

    - The rationalisations that support animal exploitation "I had an innocent idea of what authority does"

    - "I would volunteer in animal shelters then go home and have a meat dinner"

    - A journalist trip where they helped a sheep get free from barbed wire then "had lamb for dinner"

    - "My awakening... was my encounter with the #Yulin dog meat festival... I started to question the nature of humanity"

    ...and much more. Full show notes at 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    139: Going Beyond Atheism... to Sentientism? Cross-post bonus episode with Nathan Alexander, Todd Tavares (Beyond Atheism podcast) & Jamie Woodhouse

    139: Going Beyond Atheism... to Sentientism? Cross-post bonus episode with Nathan Alexander, Todd Tavares (Beyond Atheism podcast) & Jamie Woodhouse

    This episode is a bonus cross post of my conversation about Sentientism with Nathan and Todd on their Beyond Atheism podcast. Beyond Atheism moves beyond questions of gods' existence to ask "what's next in a godless world?" If that question interests you make sure you go and subscribe. Many thanks to Todd and Nathan for inviting me. I think they're on their way to Sentientism…

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

    Sentientism answers those questions with a commitment to "evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings."

    Find out 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    138: "Who am I to take another's life?" - Paige Parsons Roache of UnchainedTV - Sentientism

    138: "Who am I to take another's life?" - Paige Parsons Roache of UnchainedTV - Sentientism

    Paige is Communications Director for the streaming platform UnchainedTV. After initially going vegan “for the environment” Jane became an ethical vegan after attending her first vigil with LA Animal Save. Paige later became a Contributor for JaneUnchained News where she reported on vigils, PETA protests, VegFests, book launches, Cubes of Truth & vegan conferences. Paige then became Booker for LunchBreakLIVE, a daily cooking show & Senior Booker for JaneUnChained News. Now, as UnchainedTV Comms Director & co-producer/co-host of the Plant Based In the ‘Burbs show, Paige brings inspiration, humor & humbleness to the kitchen, showing simple swap outs & easy recipes to inspire people to bring more plants on their plates. She also works with Gwenna Hunter who launched the first vegan food bank in Southern California.

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

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

    We discuss:

    00:00 Welcome

    02:00 Paige's Intro

    05:09 What's Real?

    - Paradigm shifts & language

    - Cultural differences re: dog & horse meat & values

    - Living on a cattle ranch w/grandparents "hard work & love"

    - California to Tennessee & back

    - "I'm more #spiritual than religious"

    - Agreed meanings of "humane" "so that humans can feel comfortable eating these animals"

    - "A lot of systems are breaking down" some in a good way, some not so good

    - #COP27 #greenwashing 

    - The Farm Bill, animal agriculture subsidies, lobbying

    - How bad ethics & bad epistemology feed each other

    - A sunday school teacher aunt

    - Corporal punishment "for me there was a Bible & a ruler"

    - "Pretty much buying into the American way... & #christianity "

    - A spiritual workshop

    - #thesecret & Michael Beckwith & the Agape International Spiritual Centre "A Baptist/Buddhist experience... this really fits my heart... commonality & peace"

    - #transcendence & interconnectedness in both naturalistic & spiritual ways of thinking

    - JW: Risks in spiritual movements that focus on "#manifesting your own future... so if bad things happen to you it's your fault" & high control & dangerous leaders & coercion

    - "If we take personal responsibility we can socially change... stop blaming others"

    - "Everything that has ever happened to me I take full responsibility for... even child abuse."

    - "A brother who took his life at 19"... "losing both parents to brain injury"

    - "I'd rather be empowered"

    - Risks of victim-blaming, even when the victim is ourselves

    - "There are situations where there are victims, perpetrators... (JW) & systemic influences we have very little control over"

    - Children working in US slaughterhouses

    - "Work towards justice for others"

    ...and much more. Full show notes at 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    137: "What is it like to be another animal?" - Lori Marino - Sentientism

    137: "What is it like to be another animal?" - Lori Marino - Sentientism

    Lori is Executive Director of The Kimmela Center and Founder & President of The Whale Sanctuary Project. She is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University where she was also a faculty member at the Emory Center for Ethics. She is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and marine mammal welfare in captivity, as well as cognition in farmed animals through The Someone Project. In 2001 Lori co-authored a ground-breaking study with Diana Reiss offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins, after which she decided against conducting further research with animals held captive in zoos and aquariums.

    Lori has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in nonhuman animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and the evolution of intelligence. Lori has appeared in several films and television programs, including Blackfish; Unlocking the Cage; Long Gone Wild and the upcoming documentary about Corky, the orca held captive by SeaWorld since 1969.

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

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

    We discuss:

    00:00 Welcome

    - Guest links e.g. Kathy Hessler https://youtu.be/R5eZebUAsQg

    01:52 Lori's Intro

    - A central question: "What is it like to be another animal?"

    - "I ran into ethical issues that shaped how I conducted my career"

    - Science then science-based advocacy "it's all based on facts"

    04:12 What's Real?

    - Raised Roman #Catholic as an Italian American in Brooklyn NY "Church on Sunday"

    - "I started to question the whole proposition... that there's some sort of a god"

    - Heaven, hell, sin "It's not light hearted... it's dark"

    - Becoming a recovering Catholic

    - "If there is a god, it's on vacation" & the #problemofevil 

    - Becoming #atheist "that's what I am today... I don't see any reason to propose that there's anything supernatural out there"

    - #agnostic "what does that even mean?... I'm atheist in the same way that I don't think that there are purple dinosaurs walking around in my room & talking to me... I'm not agnostic about that."

    - "I didn't ever draw my ethics from religion"

    - Catholic "#ethics but from a very weird point of view"

    - The psychological needs motivating religious belief

    - Teenage dabbling in #pseudoscience

    20:45 What and Who Matters?

    A Better Future!

    ...and much more. Full show notes at 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. Come join us there!

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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Great listen!

A podcast about what really matters. Super engaging discussions about what drives the moral and epistemological approaches of some super interesting and impressive people.

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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.

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