Episode from the podcastSentientism

"Breeding into suffering is the root of the problem." - Sentient Media founder Mikko Järvenpää - Sentientist Conversations

Released Thursday, 21st January 2021
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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-i…

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.

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Thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-prod work on this video. Follow him at @cgbessellieu.

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