Paul is the author of the national bestseller “Clean Meat“. He’s also the CEO of The Better Meat Co., a four-time TEDx speaker, host of the Business for Good Podcast & inductee in the Animal Rights Hall of Fame.
In these Sentientist Conversations, we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”. Sentientism is “evidence, commitment and compassion for all sentient beings”.
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- Being fellow “sents” (thanks AJ Jacobs!)
- Advocating Sentientism long before hearing the term
- Vegetarian then vegan at 13 in 1993 (despite originally thinking it would eventually lead to death 🙂 )
- Carl Lewis the sprinter as an inspirational vegan
- Volunteering in animal protection as a teenager
- “Trying to end humanity’s war on the rest of the planet”
- Founding Compassion over Killing at high-school and taking it national
- The Humane Society
- Paul’s “Clean Meat” book – how food tech might do the most good for non-human animals
- Easier to act our way into a new way of thinking than to think our way into a new way of acting. Making unethical practices obselete
- Ending slavery as a lesson in social change (it was considered normal and natural through most human history)
- Founding The Better Meat Company
- Jewish upbringing and identity – “Even if you question the existence of the supernatural they don’t kick you out”
- An animal conscious family. Rescue dogs as family members (follow Eddie on Instagram)
- Switching to take the perspective of non-human animals + standing up to “frog baseball”
- Compassion for the suffering of others as a moral foundation
- Being kicked out of a Hebrew lesson for asking why god would ask for animal sacrifices
- The rich tradition of animal compassion/veg*nism within Judaism
- Israel as the #2 most vegan country
- Utilitarianism and Peter Singer – “anti suffering & pro happiness”
- Loving kindness meditation
- Aspiring to The Paradoxical Commandments
- Evolution isn’t perfectly driven towards truth or rationality
- How groups can socially reward individual faith in fictions
- Sometimes delusions can be useful
- Humility at the heart of naturalism and science. Being comfortable not knowing
- The confidence that sometimes comes with ignorance
- Leaving the world a better place (less suffering / more flourishing)
- Not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good
- The ethical inertia of social norms and traditions
- The Honour Code
- Animal farming will be condemned by future generations
- Consistent US voting against poor farming practices. Need that codified into law & corporate policy
- Cost reduction pressure worsens farming conditions
- Tech can render exploitative practices obselete (like cars re: horses, kerosene re: whales, pens vs. quills)
- Fast, cheap, easy alternatives likely to reduce more suffering than better ethics
- It’s hard to condemn a system you’re still part of
- The moral argument has already been won re: ending animal farming
- People buy food mainly because of price, taste, convenience (not ethics or env.)
- Business for Good vs. ending capitalism? Purpose and/or profit?
You can follow Paul at @PaulHShapiro and visit his web-site here. Better Meat Co. is here.
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Thanks to Graham for his post-prod work on this video. Follow him at @cgbessellieu.