Jamie works on developing and building global community around the Sentientism worldview: "Evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings." It's a combination of naturalism (so non-supernatural) and granting moral consideration to all beings capable of experiencing suffering. So far, that's human and non-human animals.
Mikko is a tech start-up founder and CEO (now https://candle.to/​). He founded & is now board chair of Sentient Media - an organisation dedicated to making the world a better place for all sentient beings through journalism. Full show notes are here: https://sentientism.info/breeding-into-suffering-is-the-root-of-the-problem-sentient-media-founder-mikko-jarvenpaa-new-sentientist-conversation In these Sentientist Conversations, we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”. Sentientism is "evidence, commitment & compassion for all sentient beings." The video of our conversation is here on YouTube. We discuss: Growing up in a political family (father a Finnish Member of Parliament) Early experiences with animals on the family hobby farm Founding Sentient Media & how farmed animal perspectives are neglected in normal media Studying philosophy of social change at the LSE The default state Lutheran religion in Finland, including religious education Learning science, evolution, astronomy as a child Finding religions fascinating & getting perfect marks in religious classes (great stories!) Learning to read from Dungeons & Dragons manuals The relief of formally resigning from the church as a teenager (w/ cooling off period) Evidence & ethics as triggers for challenging religion Reading Nietzsche at 16 Trying on different religions. What would it feel like to believe? Is picking a religion arbitrary, like picking a sports team? Being overwhelmed by the idea of solipsism at ~10 yrs old Morality as something fundamentally social Utilitarianism. Measurement, probability, individualism, rationalism as “western”? Sentientism’s neutrality re: moral systems Early utilitarians often did consider non-human sentience Utility grounded in sentience “My best friends, as a kid, were the sheep.” Making assumptions about sheeep. Then being accepted as part of the herd. Deepening understanding of “sheepness” And much more. Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at sentientism.info. Join our “wall” using this simple form. Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our groups. Our biggest is here on FaceBook. Thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-prod work on this video. Follow him at @cgbessellieu.
This is a bonus cross-post episode from the Two for Tea podcast where I (Jamie) was interviewed about Sentientism. Two for Tea is a podcast about politics, culture and society by Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast as well as mine! They host thoughtful conversations with a fascinating range of guests. Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” You can find out more at Sentientism.info. Why not join our “wall” using our simple “I’m a Sentientist” form? Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our community groups. Our main group is here on FaceBook. We have a fascinating range of compassionate, rational people there from around 90 countries so far!
Jasmin Singer is the author of “The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan” and the memoir “Always Too Much and Never Enough“. She’s the co-founder & co-host of the award-winning Our Hen House podcast & nonprofit (now in its eleventh year), the Director of Editorial for Kinder Beauty, & the editor of the Encompass Essays: “Pursuing Racial Equity in Animal Advocacy”. Jasmin was named a “40 Under 40” by The Advocate Magazine, a top “Eco-Preneur” by Go Magazine & can be seen in documentaries including “Vegucated” & “The Ghosts In Our Machine”. Full show notes are here: https://sentientism.info/a-fabulous-vegan-future-jasmin-singer-new-sentientist-conversation The video version of our conversation is here on YouTube. In these Sentientist Conversations (subscribe!), we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”. Sentientism is “evidence, commitment & compassion for all sentient beings.” We discuss: Jasmin’s activist journey & roles (& books) Gaslighting re: animal agriculture 1980’s milk & meat marketing Atheism, naturalism, comparative religion Compassion in religion, but also serious ethical problems Growing up as a reform Jew, celebrating Christmas & Hannukah The mental gymnastics more “moderate” religions (like reform Judaism) have to do to move away from the harmful ethics at the core of many religions Humanism’s focus on the human species Do kids start out naturalistic and then get taught fabrications? And much more... You can find Jasmin at @jasmin_singer & jasminsinger.com. Subscribe to Our Hen House as well as to the Sentientism podcast! Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at sentientism.info. Join our “wall” using this simple form. Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our groups. Our main one is here on FaceBook. Thanks to @cgbessellieu for his post-prod work.
Randall is an author and environmental, animal, climate and constitutional law professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey. His books include “What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?” and “Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources”. In these Sentientist Conversations (subscribe!), we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”. Sentientism is “evidence, commitment & compassion for all sentient beings.” Full show notes here: https://sentientism.info/how-can-i-have-been-morally-asleep-for-so-long-prof-randall-abate-new-sentientist-conversation Watch the video here.  We discuss: Academic silos between animal/environmental/constitutional law and between law, philosophy and advocacy The disconnect between environmental and animal ethics and law Growing up in a Catholic household, more social than spiritual Appreciating religion as a topic of study, not as something to practice Exploring Eastern religions and spirituality Feeling deeply spiritual without religion Compassion as a theme in many religions Remaining open-minded about religious ideas Agnosticism and atheism Awe, wonder and connectedness within a naturalistic worldview and their commonality with supernatural/spiritual emotions Freedom of belief, but not freedom to use supernatural beliefs to harm others Compassion for all living things & respect for nature, but not realising the link to animal product consumption (even as an environmental law professor) until teaching animal law “How can I have been morally asleep for so long?” The brain-washing of animal product consumption: health, normality Not knowing any v*gans The difficult social process of giving up animal products How much easier going v*gan is now Is the ethical argument re: animal farming over? Anthropocentrism & human supremacy Biocentrism & ecocentrism. Does Sentientism go far enough? Instrumental vs. intrinsic value Christian dominion & stewardship And more... (see here) You can find Randall here at Monmouth. Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at sentientism.info. Join our “wall” using this simple form. Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our groups. Our main one is here on FaceBook. Thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-prod work on this video. Follow him at @cgbessellieu.
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City of London, England, United Kingdom
Episode Count
33
Podcast Count
10
Total Airtime
1 day, 6 hours
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