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We discuss the biggest questions: "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?" with scientists, celebrities, activists, writers and philosophers.
The Sentientism worldview is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." It's a simple, yet radical, philosophy that's grounded in reality (naturalistic epistemology) and has compassion for all sentient beings (mostly human and non-human animals)? Naturalism & sentiocentrism combined.
Find out more at https://sentientism.info/ or join a group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism. Also on YouTube!

Sentientism Jamie Woodhouse

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We discuss the biggest questions: "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?" with scientists, celebrities, activists, writers and philosophers.
The Sentientism worldview is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." It's a simple, yet radical, philosophy that's grounded in reality (naturalistic epistemology) and has compassion for all sentient beings (mostly human and non-human animals)? Naturalism & sentiocentrism combined.
Find out more at https://sentientism.info/ or join a group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism. Also on YouTube!

    "The Solutionary Way... we can't wait!" - Zoe Weil - Institute for Humane Education - Sentientism 201

    "The Solutionary Way... we can't wait!" - Zoe Weil - Institute for Humane Education - Sentientism 201

    Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). She is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement. She has authored eight books both for adults and children, including her latest, "The Solutionary Way" – available for pre-order now! Zoe writes the Becoming a Solutionary blog at Psychology today. She has made numerous TV and
    radio appearances and has given six TED talks, including “Extending our Circle of Compassion.” Her first Sentientism conversation with me was back on episode 37.

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

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    00:00 Clips!

    01:15 Welcome

    - Our first conversation: https://youtu.be/4NaSEJ4q8NQ

    - Most good (MOGO), least harm

    - Star Trek as a utopian inspiration

    - Mr Spock and Dr Spock "both of them have had a big
    influence"

    03:42 Zoe Introduction

    - Co-founder and President of The Institute for Humane
    Education 

    - IHE: "Educate people to create a world where all
    humans and animals and nature can thrive... huge, huge goal and vision"

    - K-12 schools and graduate programmes with Antioch
    University

    - "It's going to keep my busy my entire life"

    04:37 The Solutionary Way

    - Subtitle "Transform your life, your community and
    your world for the better"

    - "An antidote to polarisation... actually solving the problems that we face... in a way that is good for everyone"

    - "We are not a single issue organisation... justice and compassion needs to be spread for everybody so that the world can be truly humane"

    - Solutionary lens "you approach problems as solvable" instead of "us vs. them approaches"

    - Critical thinking "what's true, what's false... lies at the foundation"

    - Systems thinking "see the connections... identify causes... leverage points..."

    - Strategic thinking

    - Creative thinking

    - Solutionary Framework: 4 phases, 12 steps

    - Prioritising problems & identifying the one you want
    to solve "Learn and learn then really dive deep... identify a narrow enough problem that you have the capacity to solve"

    - The Solutionary Way in schools... 4th graders have big
    concerns but might not be able to address them in full... so what can they "feasibly solve"?

    - "We have identified a leverage point which is the
    educational system through which we are working on... all problems"

    - "K-12 educational system is fundamentally working at
    the root cause of every other societal system"

    - "What happens in our educational system prepares us
    to be citizens"

    - "A profoundly important core strategy... at the same
    time many of the problems that we are facing are so immediate... we can't wait"

    - "Sometimes the people who care most... wind up doing
    work that is counter-productive... they may burn more bridges than they build"

    - Dealing with activist burnout and depression

    - Polarisation and populism in modern discourse... denial of a shared reality... denial of shared values... blaming instead of solutions

    17:52 A Shared Reality?

    25:17 Shared Values?

    57:29 Thinking About Solutions

    01:05:50 Education
    01:17:10 Follow Zoe and buy "The Solutionary Way"!

    - June 25th book launch (pre-order now!)

    - The Solutionary Way

    - @ZoeWeil

    - The Institute for Humane Education

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    Cheese Challenge & Pescetarian Paradox - Maja Cullen, Devon Docherty, Carol Jasper - Sentientism 200

    Cheese Challenge & Pescetarian Paradox - Maja Cullen, Devon Docherty, Carol Jasper - Sentientism 200

    Devon Docherty, Carol Jasper and Maja Cullen are psychology researchers from the University of Stirling. Carol is a lecturer, Devon is a teaching assistant and Maja is a research assistant. Devon is also a researcher, writer and animal advocate with Surge and Earthling Ed.

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    00:00 Clips!

    01:09 Welcome

    03:25 Devon, Maja and Carol Introductions

    - Psychology (human-animal interactions, clinical health) and animal advocacy

    - Their papers on the paradoxes and dissonances of vegetarianism and pescetarianism

    - Quantitative research: "science doesn't have to be about numbers... if we want to understand people... we need to do that with words... listen to their experiences... their own narratives... we all have positionality."

    - "Science teaching so often is based entirely in pseudo-objectivity... subjectivity can be really powerful."

    06:53 What's Real?

    Carol:

    - Growing up in a #presbyterian family. Attending Sunday
    school. Exploring celtic / pagan mythology and spirituality.

    - Reading the Bible "a really beautiful book... but how
    can the old testament... be real?" Dad's response: "a way that people used to understand the world around them... in the absense of other explanations"

    - Now constructing narratives in a scientific domain

    - Belief in the supernatural? "I'd be really hesitant
    to say that we have all the answers... consciousness... I want to believe that there's a ghost in the machine although I know there isn't"

    - Celtic confluence of the ephemeral and the tangible
    "intertwined together... I very much believe in the concrete real but also I like to think there's things we don't know and we don't understand yet... we should always be trying to find out more."

    - "Maybe it's just... physical energy... but I like to think there's something beyond us... hope there's some other... maybe there's some hope that they could come and help us get everything right."

    Devon:

    - "It's really complex being a human sometimes."

    - #catholic family and school "very strict catholic teaching"

    - "Religion never really resonated with me"

    - "The teacher was telling us that animals don't have souls... That was the moment that I realised that I really do have these strong views."

    - "I had a dog at the time... she was just as full and complex of a being as I was."

    - Moving away from religion to "do my own thing"

    - "I'm pretty terrified of death"

    - Focusing on morality "That's my thing - rather than
    anything outside of the realm of what we can see and how we can treat other people"

    - JW: Psychological motivations for religious belief: fear
    of uncertainty, fear of death, a hope that god has a plan

    - "I got to learn more and more about the Catholic
    church and realise how much I disagree with it"

    - JW: Epistemological and ethical reasons people move away from religion

    Maja:

    - Growing up in Germany, then moving to Scotland

    - "It was rare... to meet someone who wasn't christened"

    ... and much more! (full notes at sentientism.info)

    47:55 What and Who Matters?

    01:12:05 A Better World?

    01:37:15 Follow!

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    "Reductionism is well-named. It reduces what you can do." - Michael Levin - Sentientism 199

    "Reductionism is well-named. It reduces what you can do." - Michael Levin - Sentientism 199

    Michael is a developmental and synthetic biologist at Tufts University where he is the Vannevar Bush Distinguished Professor. He is also an associate faculty at the Wyss Institute at Harvard. Michael is a director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University and the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology. He is also co-director of the Institute for Computationally Designed Organisms. Michael's Levin Lab focuses on "Embodied Minds: understanding diverse intelligence in evolved, designed, and hybrid complex systems" and works "at the intersection of developmental biology, artificial life, bioengineering, synthetic morphology, and cognitive science". This work includes the bioengineering of novel living machines and has clinical applications in regenerative medicine. Michael has editing roles at a number of academic journals and has published more than 350 papers.

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    00:00 Clips!

    01:18 Welcome

    - "We biologists have plenty of spherical cows"

    03:50 Mike's Introduction

    04:37 What's Real?

    - A "not religious but highly spiritual" Jewish background

    - Hebrew school " I harrassed everybody with questions.... how souls are supposed to work...the hard problem of consciousness... the answers weren't terribly forthcoming."

    - At home "an emphasis on inquiry... asking big questions... things that matter"

    - "The question of 'how do I know?' figured prominently in my childhood"

    - "Rationality is an amazing tool but one can also ask questions about its limitiations... what are the things that we're not seeing"

    - Being sceptical about the approaches you're bringing to a problem

    - "I pretty much only have one supernatural belief which is that the universe is understandable... Once you've taken that on everything else becomes possible... I can't think of anything that would be truly supernatural..."

    - "We are finite beings" trying to understand reality then "you have to ask yourself 'how is this working out?... is
    this helping me have a more meaningful life... be a more ethical person... have better relationships with others?'"

    - "I don't really think of myself as a biologist... my
    fundamental commitment... has been to understand embodied mind"

    - "I'm interested in cognition, intelligence and inner
    perspective in a wide range of diverse systems... some of which are alive"

    - "I think cognition is a broader category than life"

    - "It just so happens that life is, so far, our best example of how that can scale"

    - "Molecular networks scaling into cells scaling into tissues scaling into organisms and beyond"

    - Collective intelligence, goals... "biology is an excellent playground for these things"

    - Cognition, mind etc. "All of these cognitive claims... where you think something is on the spectrum... how much mind... I don't think these are terms describing particular systems. I think these are terms describing our intended relationship to them... an engineering interaction protocol"

    51:04 What and Who Matters?

    01:08:53 A Better World?

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    - thoughtforms.life

    - @drmichaellevin

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    "We need to imagine a different world" - Emilia Leese - author and host of Think Like a Vegan - Sentientism 198

    "We need to imagine a different world" - Emilia Leese - author and host of Think Like a Vegan - Sentientism 198

    Emilia is co-author of the book Think Like A Vegan and host of the Think Like a Vegan podcast. She is involved in the Birchfield Highlands re-wilding project in Scotland, edits the quarterly magazine for The Heath & Hampstead Society in London and has developed life skills and ethics workshops for underserved youth. Professionally, she has been a corporate finance lawyer for over 20 years.

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    00:00 Clips!

    01:25 Welcome

    - Shared Sentientism guests with  @thinklikeavegan  :

    - Troy Vettese episode

    - Josh Milburn episode

    - Aysha Akhtar episode

    04:41 Emilia's Intro

    - Corporate finance, vegan writing / podcasting, rewilding
    in Scotland, magazine editing

    05:45 What's Real?

    - Growing up in Italy

    - #catholic  school "which I hated... it never made sense to me that only some people... would go to heaven"

    - Letting teachers know at 5-6 years old "this doesn't
    make any sense"... "they kind of stopped asking me questions"

    - Dad is an Indian philosophy professor

    - Investigating eastern and western traditions and religions
    "I said 'none of it matters'... it matters what I do here and now"

    - "People have their traditions and I love that...but
    for me ultimately I don't need to have any of that"

    - "The fundamental of all of them is love... just practice it"

    - "That love then turns in to a respect and a valuing... of sentient life... and everything that's around us"

    - "Plants & funghi... even minerals and mountains... they may not feel anything but that doesn't matter... it's all
    connected"

    - "The fate of the least among us... is extremely important"

    - "Bees and insects... how they go, we go"

    - "I don't need an outside force to tell me to do the right thing"

    - "A certain basic fairness... treat everyone the same unless there's a morally relevant reason to treat them differently"

    - "I have personally witnessed things that I cannot explain... there's lots of things I don't know... so I've decided that's fine"

    - "You have to leave space for changing your mind... we
    learn everything!"

    - JW: How broken epistemology can lead "good" people to do terrible things

    - The ethical and epistemological errors that justify animal
    agriculture

    - Maneesha Deckha's "beingness" concept

    - "We as advocates have to be better at our own rhetoric"

    - "We live in a capitalist, non-vegan world... so there
    will be inherent things that you are not going to be able to solve"

    - "You don't need to be well versed in philosophy... we
    can all get there"

    - Examining what's driving our actions... fear (of others,
    change, deistic reprisal, social norms, admitting we were wrong)

    - JW: Uncommon common sense re: ethical and epistemic basics

    - Humans building convenient hierarchies "as long as
    you're at the top"

    - "Animal agribusiness has never been nice... 10,000
    years ago... 5,000 years ago... there's always objectification, exploitation and death... that doesn't change"

    - "To the being - you only have one life"
    26:20 What Matters?

    53:13 Who Matters?

    01:00:42 A Better World?

    01:22:00 Follow Emilia

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    - Think Like a Vegan Podcast

    - @emiisgoodeating

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Hip Hop is Going Green - Keith Tucker of Hip Hop is Green - Sentientism 197

    Hip Hop is Going Green - Keith Tucker of Hip Hop is Green - Sentientism 197

    Keith Tucker is founder and Executive Director of Hip Hop is Green, a nonprofit organization on a mission to support holistic wellness and transform urban communities environmentally. He has been a visionary and social entrepreneur for over 30 years. He has worked with hundreds of businesses, youth groups and community organizations and many icons in the entertainment business as a creative promoter and an ambassador for the culture of hip hop.

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    00:00 Clips!

    01:19 Welcome

    02:44 Keith's Intro

    - Founder and ED of Hip Hop is Green 

    - "I'm a father, a brother, a friend, a husband and currently I'm a human being living on earth"

    03:19 What's Real?

    - Growing up in Seattle, raised by mother, grandmother and grandfather

    - Religious grandparents

    - Going to #baptist church

    - Attending strict #catholic school, taught by nuns "I remember sister Sheila - boy she was mean"

    - Catholic high school in California

    -  "Some rough times." Drugs (from 13 yrs old), street-life "in with the wrong crowd"

    - Grandmother and mother "I'm so blessed and fortunate to have had them in my life... gave me a great foundation of morals and values and patience and determination"

    - Lending a bike and having it stolen "I'm a very giving and nice person... I have to beware... trust has its limits"

    - 31 years clean & sober now

    - "My values who I am today were actually both shaped by good things that happened to me and bad things that happened to me"

    - "Just really good people", not because of their religion...

    - "...spiritual as well... my grandmother used to call it motherwit... I still have that today... I just get a feeling... it's always 100% right every time... everybody has it to... some people listen to their motherwit more than others"

    - "Back in the early '70s it was a different world... in school they could paddle you in class... in front of everyone... there was no such thing as non-bullying"

    - Being taught the Bible "I never really questioned anything... absorbed it into who I am... although I wasn't following most of the Bible to be honest at that point... I was more interested in having fun and partying... not really focusing on why I'm here, who I am and what my purpose is"

    - Last time used drugs. Motherwit voice spoke very loud "you may not live through this." Attending a treatment centre, guided by the motherwit voice "it's not luck"

    - April 7 1992 "I need to change my life... I kept that commitment all the way through to today... the weight had been lifted off me."

    - Finishing treatment, moving to the Texas countryside
    - Starting to figure out "who is Keith Tucker... what is my purpose?... Baptism through fire."

    - "I am not Christian or religious today.... but I am very spiritual and I believe in god."

    - "I walk in my purpose and in god's purpose every single day... helping people and serving people is what my purpose is"

    - "The people that were enslaved... were introduced to the Bible... as a system to keep their minds enslaved."

    - "Using religion to chain people's minds"

    29:30 What Matters?

    47:30 Who Matters?

    01:05:40 A Better World?

    01:28:24 Follow Keith

    - Hip Hop is Green

    - @hiphopisgreen

    - HHIG on Instagram

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    Nigerian Food Revolution - Hakeem Jimo of Veggie Victory and ProVeg Nigeria - Sentientism 196

    Nigerian Food Revolution - Hakeem Jimo of Veggie Victory and ProVeg Nigeria - Sentientism 196

    Hakeem Jimo is co-founder and CEO of Veggie Victory, Nigeria’s first plant-based food tech company. Hakeem and his partner, Bola Adeyanju, also founded Nigeria's first vegan restaurant, V Café, and now run the VChunks meat alternative product company - designed to help veganise Nigerian cuisine. Hakeem is also country director for ProVeg Nigeria.

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    00:00 Clips!

    00:36 Welcome

    01:59 Hakeem's Intro

    - Nigerian father, German mother, growing up in Germany, now in Nigeria

    - 10 years of veganism and vegan entrepreneurship

    - Establishing ProVeg Nigeria

    03:45 What's Real?

    - Not much supernatural thinking in small-town Germany "there were more cows than humans"

    - Lutheran evangelical protestant society but "we went to church twice a year... it was not a very religious background"

    - Nigeria: "A completely different ballgame... the spiritual, religious world plays a much bigger role in Africa... religion is everywhere here... and I like it... In Africa I started to pray... you don't have that sense of control."

    - Christianity, Islam as well as natural / traditional religions from the pre-colonial era

    08:33 What Matters?

    - "Every day I see these two sides", Germany (enlightenment, studying philosophy) and Nigeria (travelling as a journalist in W.Africa: "a completely different way people see the world")

    - Only recently exploring the Bible (via podcasts) "just to understand historically"

    - Finding references to treatment of animals in the Old and New Testaments

    - Nigeria: "Religion is much more taken... by the letter" vs. the German way "it's just a parable"

    - "If you're coming from a western background you just
    shape your belief system" vs. "people are handing over authority to another level"

    - "How do we actually convince people... whether I'm in
    Germany or Nigeria?"

    - "I walk through the streets here... it's funny... even though everybody is black and in Germany everybody is white I see features... very similar behaviours"

    - "I see really the universal parts... that's where things come together... trying to change the world and not just a few enlightened people"

    13:16 Who Matters?

    - Step-father in Germany was a farmer "neighbours got
    together and bought a pig... the butcher coming to the farm"

    - Hearing stories about factory farming "they were
    using nicotine to disinfect the chickens... there's something wrong here"... overfishing... foot and mouth disease

    - "Nobody in rural Germany was talking about sentientism or veganism "

    - University in Hamburg "there was an alternative meal
    in the canteen"... a vegetarian partner aware of history of US colonialist animal agriculture

    - Travelling to West Africa and eating #streetfood
    "when I'm on a #vegetarian diet I don't get sick!" vs. getting typhoid fever from a road-side meat barbecue

    - "You start learning... what's the implications... I realised... this is good... let me become vegetarian"

    24:35 A Better Future?

    48:41 Follow Hakeem

    - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hakeemjimo/
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

E.P. Clark ,

Thought-provoking and enlightening

Really enjoying this combination of philosophy, ethics, and what it means to be sentient. Recommend to all animal lovers, activists, and philosophers everywhere.

just looking for a good pod ,

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.

TDawgyDogg ,

I Like it

Been trying to find a show about animals and how we can help them. Even as a meat eater, I believe every sentient being deserves respect, and I appreciate that Jamie Woodhouse is bringing light to a topic that is rarely found in podcasting. A bit critical at times to things, such as religion, but other than that, a wonderful show!

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