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Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas is a scholar of cognitive science, physics and comparative literature whose research includes concepts such as the sense of self in relation to the external world, consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation and discovery in mathematics and physics. He is Director of the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition at Indiana University Bloomington. His 1979 book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" won both the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and a National Book Award for Science. His 2007 book "I Am a Strange Loop" won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology.

Douglas describes himself as a "non-religious person" and a "materialist" who is strongly critical of pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal - so has a naturalistic worldview.

He seems to have at least a theoretical sentiocentric moral scope, having gone vegan as a teenager due to his views on the distribution of consciousness across the animal kingdom and due to his compassionate ethics. In "I Am a Strange Loop" he describes himself as vegetarian.

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Douglas at Indiana University

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"What if we saw ourselves as species diplomats?" - David Peña-Guzmán of Overthink - Sentientism Ep:187

David specializes in European philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of animal minds. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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"What if we saw ourselves as species diplomats?" - David Peña-Guzmán of Overthink - Sentientism Ep:187

David specializes in European philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of animal minds. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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Could animal farming be good for the animals?

Episode 186 of the Sentientism podcast (Apple link here) is a bonus cross-post of my discussion with Nick Pendergrast, co-host of 3CR's Freedom of Species radio show and podcast, about "the logic of the larder" - an argument that animal farming could be a good thing for farmed animals.
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"If you combine rationality and compassion you have the essence" - Jonathan Leighton of OPIS - Sentientism Ep:185

Jonathan is Executive Director of OPIS (Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering). A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?" "who matters?" and "how can we make a better world?"
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