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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

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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

    “I love the idea of Sentientism” - Bestselling Author AJ Jacobs

    “I love the idea of Sentientism” - Bestselling Author AJ Jacobs

    New York Times bestselling (4 times!) author and journalist AJ Jacobs experiments on himself to help us all learn.

    In this Sentientist Conversation he talks with Jamie about what he believes, what matters morally, and how his writing projects link to Sentientism's tenets of evidence, reason and universal compassion.

    The video of our conversation is here - why not subscribe on YouTube too?

    AJ: “I love the idea of Sentientism”



    We discuss:

    - Sentientist themes in AJ's personal experimentation writing projects: Living biblically, connecting everyone, thanking everyone, never lying, learning everything! 

    - The "belonging, belief and behaviour" of religion – including secular Judaism and hanging out at the Scientology centre.

    - Effective altruism and longtermism.

    - Moral realism, relativism and why the Taliban’s ethics just aren’t good.

    - Preferring shallow beliefs to deeply held beliefs.

    - The ethics of human and non-human animal, robot and far future ethics.

    - Expanding our moral circle through recognising our connectedness and/or through seeing climate change as a common enemy. 

    - Presenting positive opportunities to do good vs. using guilt.

    - What a Sentientist utopia might look like and whether we should even specify one.

    - Can Sentientism help address today’s dogmatic polarisation?



    AJ is on our Sentientist "wall":  - why not join him there using this simple form?

    AJ's web site is ajjacobs.com.

    Sentientism is "Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." You can find out more about it at https://sentientism.info/

    Everyone interested, whether Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our global community. Our main group is here on Facebook. 

    Many thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-production work on this video. Go follow him (and maybe work with him!) at @cgbessellieu.

    • 45 min
    Prince throws a creationist tantrum! - Sentientist Conversations - Carole Raphaelle Davis #2

    Prince throws a creationist tantrum! - Sentientist Conversations - Carole Raphaelle Davis #2

    What's it like to have Prince throw a creationist tantrum when you take him on his first trip to a natural history museum?

    Carole Raphaelle Davis tells us what it's like to be a radical feminist, atheist, vegan (and Sentientist) in the showbiz world of Hollywood.

    "Sentientism feels like home!" 

    We talk about:

    - What it was like to work with and socialise with Prince - and how his religiosity affected their relationship

    - How animal ethics and veganism are finally, irreversibly going "mainstream"

    - Why it's so important for public figures, like Joaquin Phoenix, to be vocal about their ethics.

    You can find the video of our conversation here on YouTube - why not subscribe there too?

    Carole Raphaelle Davis is an actress, recording artist, writer and activist best known for her roles in Sex and the City and Madam Secretary and songwriting with Prince. Find out more about her work at caroleraphaelledavis.com. Here she is on our Wall of Sentientists. Why not join her there?

    Sentientism is "Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." You can find out more about it at sentientism.info.

    Everyone interested, whether Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our global community. Our main group is here on FaceBook.

    Many thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-production work on this video. Go follow him (and maybe work with him!) at @cgbessellieu.

    • 20 min
    "Do you want a habitable planet for your children?" - Sentientist Conversations - Zion Lights

    "Do you want a habitable planet for your children?" - Sentientist Conversations - Zion Lights

    Zion Lights is an author & activist known for her environmental work & science communication. She is UK director of Environmental Progress. She has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion (XR) UK on TV and radio, and founded & edited XR’s Hourglass newspaper. She has written for The Huffington Post, authored the evidence-based nonfiction book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, and given a TEDx talk.

    To watch instead of listen, here's our conversation on YouTube.

    We talk about:


    Front line activism (before & during XR)
    Why environmentalists should commit to evidence & reason, even when it’s uncomfortable (e.g. nuclear)
    The risks of cause commitment leading to dogma & the ignoring/warping of evidence
    How a lack of evidence risks undermining movement credibility (particularly when being interviewed by Andrew Neill)
    Individual change vs. systemic change – making it easier for people to do the right thing
    How XR have helped bring env. concerns into the public consciousness
    Energy Justice, finding sustainable ways to get energy to people that most need it
    Understanding the reality of life in less-developed countries & acting with compassion as we pursue solutions
    Avoiding the developed country trope of: “We burned fossil fuels to get rich & happy – but you developing countries can’t, because we’ve destroyed the environment”
    Embedding compassion (for human & non-sentient beings) in our environmentalism
    Growing up in England with Punjabi parents, one Christian & one Sikh
    Exploring religions but being “baffled” by them
    How other dogmas (e.g. anti-vaxx, anti-masking) relate to religious dogmas
    The good (compassion) & bad (e.g. caste discrimination) of religious ethics
    Fatalism, karma & crossing the road in Indian cities!
    Fatalism & prayer as ways of coping with a difficult life, but ones that trap people
    Avoiding romanticism about living “simple” lives. These lives are often short, risky & full of suffering
    Superstitions as another set of un-founded & potentially dangerous beliefs
    The sense of freedom from letting go of superstition & religion & adopting a scientific worldview
    Marrying a doctor for safety/health as well as status reasons!
    Risking family & social connections to take a different path
    The value & constraints/dangers of community obligations
    The importance of freedom & autonomy
    The image of animal products as high status, aspirational or a “treat”,  going back to hunter/gatherer times
    Veganism, animal farming, clean meat, wild animal suffering, eco-fascism, paganism 
    A Star Trek/Kaku/Deutschian/Sagan future!

    There’s more about Zion here: http://www.zionlights.co.uk/ & you can follow her on Twitter here @ziontree. Here she is on our Celebrity “wall”.

    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings.” You can find out more at sentientism.info.

    Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our community. Our main group is here on FaceBook.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    "We have a golden opportunity to re-imagine our relationships with non-human animals." - Sentientist Conversations - Joe Wills

    "We have a golden opportunity to re-imagine our relationships with non-human animals." - Sentientist Conversations - Joe Wills

    In this Sentientist Conversation I talk to Law and Rights Lecturer and Author, Dr. Joe Wills. We talk about what’s real and what matters morally.

    “We have a golden opportunity to re-imagine our relationships with non-human animals.”

    We discuss:
    – Religious indoctrination and influences in childhood
    – Morality without the supernatural
    – The dangers of having too narrow a moral circle (within and beyond humanity)
    – Extending our moral circle (and avoiding moral doughnuts!)
    – Social norms that hold us back from extending our moral circle – Narrow (pain + pleasure) and richer conceptions of sentience
    – Sentiocentrism vs. biocentrism vs. ecocentrism
    – The dangers of dogma (including scientistic dogmas!) – The important contributions of religious compassion and religious thinkers to animal ethics thinking
    – How even compassionate supernatural belief systems can lead otherwise good people to do serious wrong
    – How dogma blocks constructive conversation
    – Criticisms of Humanism and Sentientism as over-confident, universal, “western” ways of thinking vs. their deep, cross-cultural, pre-religious (even pre-human!) roots
    – Religion and aristotelian hierarchy as an engine of oppression within and beyond humanity
    – Sentientism as a bulwark against oppression
    – Insisting on moral consideration for every being capable of suffering
    – The dangers of moral relativism
    – Welfarism, abolitionism, extinctionism, segregationism, antinatalism, relationalism and the future of human and non-human animal relations
    – The ethics of farming human toddlers (let’s not)
    – Wild animal suffering and what (if anything) we should do about it
    – If sentient experiences are all that matter, should we plug into Nozick’s experience machine?
    – Are we already in a simulation? Does it matter if the simulation is good enough?
    – We have a golden opportunity to re-imagine our relationships with non-human animals given climate change/zoonosis/anti-microbial resistance crises, but will we take it?
    – Seeing companion animals as family members, not property
    – Legal opportunities to link climate change to resisting animal farming
    – Political initiatives (e.g. Sentience Politics in Switzerland) working to end factory farming and resist animal oppression
    – How can we tap into the latent public opinion against factory farming and even animal slaughter (See Sentience Institute research).

    You can find out more about Joe’s academic work here and can follow him on Twitter here @DrJoeWills.

    Sentientism is “Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings.” You can find out more about it at Sentientism.info. Everyone interested, whether Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our global community. Our biggest group is here on Facebook.

    Many thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-production work on this video. Go follow him (and maybe work with him!) at @cgbessellieu.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Being a Vegan Atheist activist and actress in Hollywood - "Sentientism feels like home!" - Sentientist Conversations - Carole Davis #1

    Being a Vegan Atheist activist and actress in Hollywood - "Sentientism feels like home!" - Sentientist Conversations - Carole Davis #1

    Jamie talks to actress, singer/song-writer, author and activist Carole Raphaelle Davis about Sentientism, what she believes and what matters morally.  If you prefer reading to listening, we've posted an article based on this conversation here.

    You can watch the video of our conversation here on our Sentientism YouTube channel. Why not subscribe there as well as to this podcast?

    Carole Raphaelle Davis is an actress, recording artist, writer and activist best known for her roles in Sex and the City and Madam Secretary and her songwriting with Prince. See more at caroleraphaelledavis.com.

    Sentientism is "Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." You can find out more about it at sentientism.info. 

    Everyone interested, whether Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our global communities. Our main group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism.

    Many thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-production work on the video and audio. Go follow him (and maybe work with him!) at @cgbessellieu.

    • 55 min
    Welcome to the Sentientism Podcast! Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings.

    Welcome to the Sentientism Podcast! Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings.

    Hi,

    Welcome to our new podcast. This is just a quick trailer.

    You can look forward to conversations with celebrities, activists, academics and interested lay people about "what's real?" and "what matters?".

    While Sentientism is a very simple, common sense, philosophy, it has some deeply radical implications! A commitment to evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings might seem obvious, but almost everyone on the planet disagrees with it, for now...

    To find out more about Sentientism, visit sentientism.info or our new YouTube channel.

    You're also very welcome to join any of our online, global communities, whether you think you might be a Sentientist or you just find the idea interesting. Our biggest so far is here on Facebook where we have people from every generally habitable continent and around 90 countries.

    Thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe and even give us a review (now I'm starting to feel like a real podcaster 🙂).

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