135 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

    135: "The Creative Lives of Animals" - Author Carol Gigliotti - Sentientism

    135: "The Creative Lives of Animals" - Author Carol Gigliotti - Sentientism

    Carol is an author, artist, animal activist and scholar whose work focuses on the reality of animals’ lives as important contributors to the biodiversity of this planet. She is Professor Emerita of Design and Dynamic Media and Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Design, Vancouver, BC. CANADA. Her most recent book is The Creative Lives of Animals.

    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

    - Other sentientism guests: Marc Bekoff, Lori Marino (forthcoming!), Jessica Pearce

    02:11 Carol's Intro

    - Starting out as an actress but "I didn't like saying other people's words"

    - Printmaking, art, animal rights activism, animation, writing "I felt like I had a lot to say"

    - #TomRegan & Nancy & "The Dante Series"

    - Criticising biotechnology & bioart (people using animals as objects in their art) "lots of friends in the arts who no longer are really my friends"

    - Helping develop #Criticalanimalstudies 

    - #ecoart 

    - "It's very new for people to take animals seriously"

    - Writing Creative Lives: "Animals are individual creative beings"

    - Anthropocene & biodiversity

    - "I was writing so much about animals as victims... [they] are much more than that"

    10:30 What's Real?

    - Italian Catholic upbringing in #pittsburgh 

    - Rational father & "strongly emotional" women

    - "Eating the body of Christ"

    - "I'm not a practising Catholic"

    - Informed by Buddhism "but not a practising Buddhist either"

    - "The naturalistic way of looking at things - it's really important"

    - "Creativity itself is an unknown quantity"

    - "A universal, multi-species creativity?"

    - Differing perspectives on the same reality

    - #EdYong 's "An Immense World"

    - Reading Annie Dillard's "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" after a bad car accident

    - #Physics & "On creativity" by #DavidBohm & "spooky action at a distance." "We are all connected... in a way we're not aware of"

    - "Once you start reading... you start to be critical of things... my parents... never loooked into what I was reading :)"

    - Becoming sceptical of #catholicism quite early. 8th grade "I gotta get out of here"

    - Dante's Inferno as a metaphor for animal experimentation

    - Humility is critical

    - #Wicca & #witchcraft & #spirituality 

    - "Animals are struggling just like we are"

    - The dangers of reifying animals or "nature"



    ...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 29 min
    134: "It just started to not make sense" - ObjectivelyDan - Host of "Truth Wanted" - Sentientism

    134: "It just started to not make sense" - ObjectivelyDan - Host of "Truth Wanted" - Sentientism

    Dan is the host of Truth Wanted, a call-in talk show that's part of the Atheist Community of Austin.Truth Wanted focuses on how and why people believe what they believe - and how we can talk about beliefs in more effective ways - whether it’s karma or Christ, Bigfoot or crystals.

    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:

    We discuss:
    00:00 Welcome


    Dan "coming out" as #vegan during Jamie's co-hosting of Truth Wanted

    03:08 Dan's Intro


    Listen to Truth Wanted! Is space real? Are there bug creatures on Mars?
    "Americans in particular - not super great at the whole #epistemology stuff"

    05:07 What's Real?


    Growing up #Methodist , then switching to a #baptistchurch
    Community more than theology "your parents went to church so you went to church"
    "I did believe"
    Doing evangelical ministry
    Being baptised twice!
    Talking to  @Anthony Magnabosco  of  @Street Epistemology  "It was a stepping stone on a journey... I was already deconstructing"
    "This faith thing doesn't really make sense"
    Being an "igtheist" (basically an atheist) and a #Sentientist
     @Being Reasonable's Mark Solomon https://youtu.be/OybxPFN8Ifc
    The Bible "doesn't really stack up." Progressive Xtian & Xtian mystic phases
    Reading  @Sam Harris
    "I was definitely homophobic... transphobic growing up". "My Christian faith told me it wasn't right, it wasn't natural"
    "When you have a naturalist worldview it's harder to be homophobic"
    Changing ethics & politics: abortion, immigration
    "Christianity was all I knew... I didn't understand how to be a good person outside of Christianity"
    Struggles of leaving Xtianity. Lacking community (no  @Secular Student Alliance  in Waco) "that was tough"
    "There would be more athiests if it was more normal"
    Atheists within religious communities
    Selective dogmatism: #Qanon , #antivaxx , #goop products, #homeopathy
    "#cognitivedissonance is a bitch"
    "When you don't have someone who is actively challenging what you think you can just think what you want"
    #miracles
    "Churches aren't places for critical thinking"
    #epistemology #fideism #dogma
    Hebrews 11: "faith is the evidence of things not seen" enables any arbitrary belief

    ...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 27 min
    133: "I relate directly to other creatures - I don't need any belief system" - Karen Davis - United Poultry Concerns President - Sentientism

    133: "I relate directly to other creatures - I don't need any belief system" - Karen Davis - United Poultry Concerns President - Sentientism

    Karen is an animal rights advocate and president of United Poultry Concerns. UPC is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 to address the treatment of domestic fowl in farming – including chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Karen also runs an animal sanctuary. She is the author of several books on veganism and animal rights, including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (1997) and The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (2005).

    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

    01:23 Karen's Intro

    -  @United Poultry Concerns  

    - Meeting Viva the chicken

    - "A lifelong affinity for birds"

    - Seeing a friend's father killing a hen

    05:05 What's Real?

    - Growing up in Pennsylvania

    - Catching & killing wildlife "my parents never objected"

    - Everybody went to some kind of church "that's what we did then... respectable people go to church"

    - Sunday school "for parents to have some time to themselves"

    - Parents not very religious

    - "God didn't make rats, the devil made rats" to rationalise killing

    - "I was never a believer"... "If I joined the church... I could wear stockings instead of socks"

    13:08 What Matters?

    - "I was always directly affected by others whether they were human or other than human"

    - Childhood distress: a duck being run over, baby birds falling from nests

    - #empathy & #compassion as a moral core 

    21:02 Who Matters?

    - Father & brothers hunting pheasants, squirrels & rabbits

    - Realising what father was doing in the cellar

    - Arguing at the dinner table "I wasn't thinking about who was on my plate"

    - Father: "Everything hunts the rabbit"

    - "I relate directly to other creatures - I don't need any belief system at all"

    - Reading "The First Step" by #leotolstoy . Giving up animal products as the first step of #nonviolence ... "that was really it - I didn't want to eat animal flesh any more... that was in 1974"

    - #Animaltesting . #EdwardTaub 's primate research #SilverSpringmonkeys

    - Nurses having to do animal experiments to qualify

    - Do you need to have a psychopathic detachment to be a vet/doctor?

    - Being a juvenile probation officer

    - Being traumatised by SPCA literature on #harpseal slaughter "This was my eye opening experience of institutionalised animal abuse"

    - Witnessing seal culling in Canada in 1974

    - National Geographic asking photographers to damage Beaver habitats to get a good story

    - Brian Davies' book "Savage Luxury"

    - Lisa Kemmerer

    - Cultural/traditional/religious justifications for causing harm...



    ...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 14 min
    132: "I agree wholeheartedly with Sentientism" - A.C. Grayling - Humanist Philosopher & Author - Sentientism

    132: "I agree wholeheartedly with Sentientism" - A.C. Grayling - Humanist Philosopher & Author - Sentientism

    Anthony or A.C. is a philosopher and author. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities. Anthony is the author of over 30 books including The Future of Moral Values, What Is Good?, The Meaning of Things, The Good Book & The God Argument. He was a fellow of the World Economic Forum, & is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature & the Royal Society of Arts. Anthony is a vice-president of Humanists UK & an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

    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

    01:50 Anthony's Intro

    - "I agree wholeheartedly with... Sentientism"

    - #humanism 

    - #Supernaturalism, #naturalism , value & #morality 

    03:43 What's Real?

    - A non-religious family

    - Encountering religions at 13 yrs "preference for one kind of candy vs. another"

    - Evangelical chaplain at boarding school "he galvanised me" & provided a reading list. "I've read everything & I simply cannot understand how you can believe this stuff"

    - How Christianity remixes stories from other mythologies. "That demolished the pretentions of Christianity"

    - "Religions keep their hold mainly by brainwashing the young"

    - Malign effects of religion e.g. blocking science; "a kind of mental prison"

    - Joining the #NewAtheist debate with #richarddawkins , #christopherhitchens 

    - Do gods exist?, should we have a #secular society?, should we have a #humanist morality?

    - Why atheists & humanists still hold other dogmatic beliefs

    - "All claims should be defeasible"

    - "Instead of talking about knowledge, let us talk about rational belief". Belief ratioed to the weight of evidence

    - There may be fairies in your garden but "it is profoundly irrational to believe it"

    - The ethics of rationality

    - "You often hear religious people saying you can't prove there is no god... I'm going to do it now." "in the empirical sense proof means test... like proving steel"

    - #CarlSagan 's Dragon in the Garage "the claim turns up empty"

    - Standards of "discovery" in physics

    20:57 What Matters?

    - Spanning the #Is-Ought chasm "I emphatically disagree with Hume"

    - "Very few people on the planet like to be cold, hungry, alone, in pain, oppressed... tortured... those few people who do like those things are weird"

    - Mirror neurons, theory of mind & #empathy 

    - "There is a deeply naturalistic basis to the possibilities of moral behaviour... it takes culture to mess them up"

    - Tightly linking the good/bad of feeling with the good/bad of ethics

    ...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 16 min
    131: "Watching Earthlings hit me really hard" - Sandra Nomoto - Author of Vegan Marketing Success Stories - Sentientism

    131: "Watching Earthlings hit me really hard" - Sandra Nomoto - Author of Vegan Marketing Success Stories - Sentientism

    Sandra describes herself as a vegan foodie, content writer & editor and wife on a mission to empower others to make small, meaningful decisions & actions that will help make the world a better place. She is co-host of VEG Networking Canada, a place where plant-based & vegan companies connect & collaborate. Sandra is the author of the book “Vegan Marketing Success Stories“.

    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:

    00:00 Welcome

    01:15 Sandra's Intro

    - Filipino-canadian

    - Literature, PR, marketing, writing

    - Meditating: "This booming voice came to me... & said you're vegan now & you'll always be writing"

    - Sandra's "The Content Doctor" business

    - Writing "#vegan Marketing Success Stories"

    03:41 What's Real?

    - "A very #catholic household"

    - Catholicism in the #phillipines due to #colonisation by Spain

    - 13 years of Catholic school

    - Church every Sunday

    - Sermons: Fundraising & "We don't really welcome gay people" #homophobia "Two of my best friends had just come out"

    - "That was the last service"

    - "I never did believe in heaven & hell... metaphors"

    - "I do believe in an afterlife"

    - "There's a problem with the whole [Catholic] institution"

    - Intuition & connecting to past ancestors "they're giving me signs... still here & watching over us"

    - Why do colonially imposed religions retain such popularity?

    - The Filipino disapora, challenging colonial restrictions, reclaiming indigenous practices (e.g. tattooing)

    - Joining #nxivm... later discovered to be a dangerous #cult "If it feels painful - move towards it!"

    - A clear image from a recently deceased grandfather

    - Being guided by a deceased cousin in Montreal

    - "From the little I know of #quantumphysics physics this is all very possible... that's why we have #ghosts "

    - "The big bang... earliest atoms... that's my definition of god... the creator"

    - "The potential... of love... we all come from stardust"

    - Risks of religious & spiritual beliefs

    - Scams, cults, crystals, alt-medicine, #antivaxx 

    - "Critical thinking caps" & #redflags 

    - #Conspirituality podcast. #Yoga #wellness #spirituality 

    33:46 What & Who Matters?

    - "Be a good person as much as you can vs. just being consumers"

    - "I did not care very much for animals"... now vegan

    -  Documentaries: "Watching #earthlings ... hit me really hard... stop eating meat"

    - "As soon as the idea of becoming vegan hit my brain... this is it!... it took me 11 years"...

    ...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 2 min
    130: Consumers can drive compassionate change - Ethos CEO Jill Ettinger - Sentientism

    130: Consumers can drive compassionate change - Ethos CEO Jill Ettinger - Sentientism

    Jill has been a leading voice in digital media for more than a decade. She’s been published in outlets including MTV, The Huffington Post, and the Village Voice. She served as Head of Content for a popular vegan media platform from 2017-2020, with a reach of more than 50 million per month. She has worked with a number of impact media platforms to help build their traffic and positioning, as well as with leading brands and celebrities working to make the world a more sustainable and ethical space. Jill is the co-founder, CEO and Head of Content for Ethos.

    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:

    00:00 Welcome

    01:42 Jill's Intro

    - Immersed in digital content

    - Co-founding https://the-ethos.co/

    - Vegan media & natural foods industries

    - The #Conspirituality podcast & #DavidWolfe 

    03:42 What's Real?

    - "The religion that governed my house was #bobdylan "

    - Parents raised #Jewish, father became atheist, "7/11 jewish" mother

    - Kicked out of hebrew school "one of my father's more proud moments"

    - Living with dad after parents split

    - Child of the 80's "you're on your own journey"

    - Constantine Sandis https://youtu.be/iy0UdN7WTxc

    - Becoming a mum

    - Animals' different realities

    - "We're the chosen people... an egregious statement... how can one group matter more?.. after so much suffering"

    - #Israel & #palestine 

    - Fond memories of Jewish culture but "as a rule to live by... not at all"

    - "this omnipresent god... directing every moment of my life... I wanted the autonomy"

    - #Agnostic. Open to the idea of "some sort of god"

    - #dogma 

    - The risks of the #wellness / #spirituality worlds. #antivaxx, #Qanon, #alternativemedicine 

    - Open-mindedness, evidence & gut-feel

    - #DavidWolfe shows a #moonlanding #conspiracy video

    - Distrust of authority

    - Scepticism about vaccines didn't seem too serious "to each their own". Then #covid19 hits

    - "I very much prefer to have science in my corner... but sometimes you can just tell"

    - A denial, scepticism, gullibility spectrum?

    - David Wolfe "leveraging science when it supported his narrative but slamming it when it didn't"

    - Gossip as "a way to keep the tribal community safe"

    - "Conspiracy theories... we use them unconsciously to defend ourselves"

    32:10 What & Who Matters?

    - "I don't think you need religion to know good from bad"

    -  @Sam Harris  

    - Raising a #vegan child "she asked what it was and I said that used to be a pig's stomach or back..."

    - "She seems very much to understand that basic level of compassion"



    ...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!

    Thanks Graham.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

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.

AN321651 ,

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.

ChristinaH83 ,

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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