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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 kind of relationships do we want with AI & other sentient beings? – Jared Moore – Novelist & AI Researcher – Sentientism Ep:167

Jared is an AI researcher and novelist. A conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better future. Sentientism is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings".
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Should non-sentient agents matter too? – Philosopher Nicolas Delon – Sentientism Ep:159

Nicolas is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the New College of Florida. A conversation about Sentientism's "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings".
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“What is it like to be another animal?” Lori Marino – Sentientism Episode 137

Lori is Executive Director of The Kimmela Center and Founder & President of The Whale Sanctuary Project. A Sentientist Conversation about "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings"
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“It feels really good to be doing the right thing” – Alene Anello – Legal Impact for Chickens President & Founder – Sentientism Episode 128

Alene is the President and Founder of Legal Impact for Chickens. Sentientism is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings".
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“We are reflective animals – which comes with responsibility” – Susana Monsó – Sentientism Episode: 113

Susana Monsó is assistant professor working on animal ethics & the philosophy of animal minds. Sentientism is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings".
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“The Sustainable Development Goals Are All About Us Humans!” – Dr. Helen Kopnina – Sentientism Episode 95

Helen is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Business at the Uni of Northumbria & The Hague Uni. A Sentientist Conversation.
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“Science denial is about identity, not facts” – Lee McIntyre – Sentientism Episode 92

"Science denial is about identity, not facts" - Lee McIntyre, author of "How to Talk to a Science Denier" - Sentientism Episode 92
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“Learning can liberate” – Mary Pat Champeau – Institute for Humane Education – Sentientism Episode 91

Mary Pat Champeau is the director of graduate programs at the Institute for Humane Education. A Sentientist Conversation.
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“Ethical value flows from reality” – Pablo Perez Castello – Sentientist Conversation EP:81

Pablo is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway. In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”
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“Animal farming will end by the end of this century” – Jacy Reese Anthis

Jacy is a social scientist & co-founder of the Sentience Institute. His acclaimed book, The End of Animal Farming, analyzes the development & popularisation of food technologies such as plant-based & cultivated meat. In Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”
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“We don’t need a god – we can do it ourselves” – Philosopher Richard Brown

Richard Brown is a philosopher at CUNY. In Sentientist Conversations we discuss "what's real?" and "what matters?" Sentientism is "evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings."
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“There is no us and them” – Yasmine Mohammed – Ex-Muslim Activist – Sentientism Ep: 51

Yasmine is an ex-muslim rights activist, advocating primarily for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries.
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“Animal activists don’t have to be on the political left” – Josh Milburn – New Sentientist Conversation on Podcast and YouTube

Josh is a moral & political philosopher with research interests in animal ethics, the philosophy of food, liberal & libertarian political theory & applied ethics.
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“I’m concerned with oppression in all its forms” – Joey Tuminello – New Sentientist Conversation

Joey is assistant professor of philosophy at McNeese State Uni & program coordinator for the nonprofits Farm Forward & Better Food Foundation.
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“Maybe moral systems are harmful! Like religion, they are used to divide us.” – Walter Veit – New Sentientist Conversation

Walter is an interdisciplinary scientist, philosopher & writer focusing on biology, minds & ethics. He publishes the ‘Science and Philosophy‘ series on Psychology Today and Medium.
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“If you hand most people a knife they won’t stab a cow!” – John Oberg – New Sentientist Conversation

John is a professional animal advocate & public speaker. You can support his work at https://www.patreon.com/JohnOberg ​ and follow him at https://twitter.com/JohnOberg ​. In these Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”
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“Vegan stuff is going to be hot!” – Sociologist Corey Lee Wrenn – New Sentientist Conversation

Corey Lee Wrenn is a UK-based American sociologist and scholar of social movements and human-nonhuman relations. In these Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?”
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“Change is possible but hard” – Jeff Sebo – Author, Activist, Academic – New Sentientist Conversation

In this video, Jamie talks to author, activist and academic Jeff Sebo. Amongst many other roles, Jeff is Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University, is a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators and is a Senior Fellow at Sentient. We talk about spanning philosophy disciplines and taking academic thinking into the real world through activism for a multi-species political society. We discuss Jeff's journey from considering Christian ministry, through reactionary atheism, then to a more generous interpretation of religious thinking. We cover naturalism, sentience, the nature of consciousness and much more!
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“Imagining a better future through our everyday decisions” – Podcaster and academic Claudia Hirtenfelder – New Sentientist Conversation

“Imagining a better future through our everyday decisions." In this video, Jamie talks to the host of The Animal Turn Podcast and PhD Candidate in Geography at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, Claudia Hirtenfelder.We talk about cycling 6,000km across Asia using vegan power! and Claudia’s journey from Christianity to atheism. We discuss how to temper our rationality with humility and by considering diverse perspectives and how to temper our focus on the value of individual sentients with a recognition of social factors.
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“Breeding into suffering is the root of the problem.” – Sentient founder Mikko Järvenpää – New Sentientist Conversation

Mikko is a tech start-up founder and CEO (now https://candle.to/​). He founded & is now board chair of Sentient - an organisation dedicated to making the world a better place for all sentient beings through journalism. 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."
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“De-centring the human” – New Sentientist Conversation with Josh Gellers. Also Happy New Year!

In this video, Jamie talks to author and associate professor Josh Gellers. Josh’s work spans animal, environmental and artificial intelligence ethics and law. He is a research fellow with the Earth System Governance Project and is a Fulbright scholar. He is Author of “Rights for Robots”.We talk about growing up in a culturally Jewish household, non-human rights (animal, robot or otherwise) and how to take a pluralistic approach that “wades in the waters of other ways of knowing” without slipping into a relativism that excuses causing needless harm.
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“Diverse sentients could live in mutual symbiosis” Graham Bessellieu – New Sentientist Conversation

We talk about Graham’s Christian upbringing (and singing), his turn to a naturalistic, Sentientist ethics, ending animal farming and exploitation and the potential for a Deutschian, Star Trek future for all sentients.
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“As a Vet I Felt Helpless” – Vicky Bond, Humane League UK Managing Director – New Sentientist Conversations Video

Vicky is Managing Director of The Humane League UK. She trained as a vet and worked in the animal agriculture industry before leaving to focus on campaigning for non-human animals. In these Sentientist Conversations, we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” and “what matters?”
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“My enemy, which I will destroy, is arbitrariness!” New Sentientist Conversation with Stijn Bruers

"My enemy, which I will destroy, is arbitrariness!" New Sentientist Conversation with Stijn Bruers. Evidence, reason and compassion.
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Sentientist Conversations: Dr. Joe Wills

In this Sentientist Conversation I talk to Law and Rights Lecturer and Author, Dr. Joe Wills. We talk about what's real and what matters morally. "We have a golden opportunity to re-imagine our relationships with non-human animals."
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Sentientist Conversations: Bestselling Author AJ Jacobs

New York Times bestselling (4 times!) author and journalist AJ Jacobs experiments on himself to help us all learn. In this Sentientist Conversation he talks with Jamie about what he believes, what matters morally, and how his writing projects link to Sentientism's tenets of evidence, reason and universal compassion.
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Is Veganic the Future of Farming? “We grow plants using plants” – Jimmy Videle – Sentientism Ep:192

Jimmy Videle is a farmer, naturalist and researcher. He is the author of The Veganic Grower’s Handbook. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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Is Veganic the Future of Farming? “We grow plants using plants” – Jimmy Videle – Sentientism Ep:192

Jimmy Videle is a farmer, naturalist and researcher. He is the author of The Veganic Grower’s Handbook. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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Half-Earth Socialism – Troy Vettese – Sentientism Ep:191

Troy Vettese is an environmental historian and co-author, with Drew Pendergrass, of Half-Earth Socialism. A Sentientist conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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“Your Neighbour Kills Puppies” – Tom Harris – Activist, Artist & Author – Sentientism Ep:190

Tom is an artist, published author, and social justice activist. He is an expert and consultant on animal liberation history and strategy, and the global animal rights movement. His first book, Your Neighbour Kills Puppies was released in March 2024. A Sentientism conversation.
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