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Where are sentientists around the world?

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Maja Cullen

Sentientist

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Maja has an MSc in Clinical Health Psychology. She is passionate about research and advocacy focused on improving well-being for all human and non-human animals. She is the primary author, along with co-authors Devon Docherty and Carol Jasper, of the paper Out of sight, out of mind: How pescetarians manage dissonance by creating distance. There’s an introduction to the paper here.

Maja has a naturalistic, non-religious worldview. She is vegan and includes a sentiocentric moral scope in her “radical, ecocentrist” perspective.

@maja_cullen_

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Devon Docherty

Sentientist

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Devon is a researcher, writer and animal advocate with Surge and (Earthling) Ed Winters. She has an MA in Human-Animal Interactions from the University of Stirling and is a psychology teaching assistant there. Devon also founded and was president of the University of Stirling Student’s Union Vegan & Rights for Animals (VERA) Society. Devon co-authored “The Cheese Paradox” with Carol Jasper.

Devon has a non-religious, naturalistic worldview. She is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

@devonmdocherty
Devon on LinkedIn
@earthlinged

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Eli Perez

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Jacob Lloyd

Sentientist

Jacob Lloyd is the Executive Director of Animal Welfare Investigations Project. He has experience in conducting covert investigations on organised animal cruelty. He is a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator through the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) in the United States. He is one of the only British animal advocates to hold this qualification.

Jacob on LinkedIn

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Emilia Leese

Sentientist

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Emilia is co-author of the book Think Like A Vegan and host of the Think Like a Vegan podcast. She is involved in the Birchfield Highlands re-wilding project in Scotland, edits the quarterly magazine for The Heath & Hampstead Society in London and has developed life skills and ethics workshops for underserved youth. Professionally, she has been a corporate finance lawyer for over 20 years.

Emi is vegan and has at least a sentiocentric moral scope. She has a broadly naturalistic worldivew.

EmiliaLeese.com
@emisgoodeating
Think Like a Vegan Podcast

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Jeremy Gregory

Sentientist

Jeremy Gregory is co-founder of Tindakan (formerly known as Bands for Lands) and current CEO of Tindakan Innovations. He comes from a long line of teachers, eco-conscious farmers, artists, musicians, and philanthropists. The principles of continued growth, conscious benevolence, and equitable life development opportunities are tenets that he values highly. It is his genuine hope to help encourage the merits of taking responsibility for our own growth and actions and for the betterment of our world. Jeremy holds the belief that an educated society creates harmony and prosperity. Jeremy is also co-creator of an award-winning multimedia arts space in Denver that was philanthropic and educational in nature and in 1993 he formed a nationally touring experimental art rock band and three years later used this platform to incorporate his first nonprofit organization. Jeremy served in the Peace Corps teaching Community Based Natural Resource Management, conservation and sustainability issues, and professional-building skills in the communities he served in Malawi Africa. Over the past 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Jeremy has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in NGO development, operations, project management, event production and coordination, and social entrepreneurial enterprise. He also has a wealth of leadership experience with global and multi-site organizations, and projects serving a diverse population and demographic. Jeremy is known for his excellence in coalition-building skills, ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Jeremy is passionate about veganism and humane education principles and has at least a sentiocentric moral scope.

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Laura Chepner

Sentientist

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Laura is Education Officer at The Vegan Society and Chair of The Vegan Society’s Education Network. She is a qualified primary school teacher and well known for introducing the phrase ‘vegan-inclusive education’ to the education sector. Laura worked for several years as the UK’s only vegan inclusion education specialist under the pseudonym ‘Primary Veducation’ and continues to offer training to school staff on what it means to be vegan and how to appropriately teach and treat vegan learners in their care. Laura also empowers vegan learners and parents/guardians by facilitating the creation of peer-developed and reviewed resources and offering supportive interventions.

Laura has a broadly naturalistic epistemology. She is vegan (of course!) and has at least a sentiocentric moral scope.

Laura at the Vegan Society
@laura_diamondo
Veducated: An Educator’s Guide for Vegan Inclusive Teaching

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Judy Tiberi

Sentientist

Ethical vegan since 1969.

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Tom Harris

Sentientist

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Tom is an internationally acclaimed 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. The book is the previously untold story of one of the world’s most powerful social justice campaigns, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). Tom became involved in the animal liberation movement at the age of fifteen when he attended his first hunt sab. Over the years that followed he devoted his life to helping animals and co-founded one of the UK`s most successful regional animal rights organizations, SARC (The Southern Animal Rights Coalition). Tom is a regular contributor to Forca Vegan magazine, and other periodicals. Under the professional name ‘Tattoo Tom‘, Tom has also achieved a highly successful and acclaimed career as an artist.

Tom is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

TomHarris.me
Shacjustice.com
@Tattoo_tom

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Hayley Gilbert

Sentientist

ALL sentient beings, big or small, deserve equal consideration and respect. Humans aren’t the only ones who are sentient individuals. We should also treat others how they wanted to be treated. People who have beliefs of their own in regards to other sentient beings should NEVER be made fun of or bullied just because they are “different” from others. As the Golden Rule states, “treat others how you want to be treated”. This applies to EVERYONE, not just people, not just me and you.

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Victoria (Vicky) Hailey

Sentientist

Why Sentientism?: first do no harm…

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Craig Cline

Sentientist

I’m the author of the book “GoldenRuleism/Living A GoldenRuleism-Guided Life,” soon to be published in both English and Spanish. I wanted to help people gain awareness of Sentientism, so I included it as a heading. Here are the three paragraphs: “There’s a positive step you can take right away. Look into Sentientism, a worldview which focuses on compassion and justice for all sentient beings. It ties in nicely with GoldenRuleism — because it gives moral consideration to everyone — and seeks to reduce the suffering of anyone. People all over the world can easily connect with each other in Sentientism’s global community.” Here’s to humankind’s embracing the justice and “humane-ity” of Sentientism!

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Nathalie Dewalhens

Sentientist

Nathalie Dewalhens is a writer, performer, mentor, and facilitator who is passionate about intimacy, connection and communication. She is very much influenced by individuals such as Trungpa Rinpoche, Henry Miller, Peter Singer, Pema Chodron, Nietzsche, Esther Perel, Darwin, and Frans de Waal. She is also a firm believer that a more compassionate and sensuous worldview is essential to creating a better world.

NathalieDewalhens.com

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jamie

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Jonathan Leighton

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism Podcast.

Jonathan is an ethics strategist, writer, social change advocate and public speaker, He is Executive Director of the Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS), a Swiss-based think-and-do tank that promotes the prevention of human and non-human suffering as our overriding global ethical priority. His book, The Battle for Compassion: Ethics in an Apathetic Universe, explores the question “What matters?”. His new book The Tango of Ethics: Intuition, Rationality and the Prevention of Suffering goes further in proposing a rigorous reassessment of how we think about ethics.

Jonathan is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

JonathanLeighton.org
preventsuffering.org
@jonleighton1

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Chris Bryant

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation on the Sentientism YouTube here and the Sentientism Podcast here.

Chris is the Director of Bryant Research and the Head of Policy at the Alternative Proteins Association. He is a social scientist and an expert on alternative protein markets and marketing. He has published several papers on consumer acceptance, policy, nutritional value, and other social dimensions of cultivated meat, plant-based meat, and fermentation-derived animal product alternatives. He has worked with alternative protein companies and non-profits, including THIS, Formo, Ivy Farm Technologies, Aleph Farms, Wild Type, ProVeg International, Mercy For Animals, and the Good Food Institute.

Chris is an atheist and has a naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

@SirChrisBryant
@Bryant_Research
BryantResearch.co.uk
Bryant Research on LinkedIn

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Tobias Baumann

Sentientist

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Tobias co-founded the Center for Reducing Suffering with Magnus Vinding. CRS is a research center that works to create a future with less suffering, taking all sentient beings into account. More broadly, Tobias is involved in the effective altruism movement which applies evidence and reason to find the most effective ways to help others. In his new book, Avoiding the Worst: How to Prevent a Moral Catastrophe, Tobias lays out the concept of risks of future suffering (s-risks) and outlines ways to steer the world away from s-risks and towards a brighter future. You can get his book for free on Amazon or read the PDF version. Avoiding the Worst is also on the bookshelf of our Sentientism GoodReads group. His many other writings on how to best reduce suffering in the long-term future are collected here.

Previously, Tobias’ research at University College London focused on Cooperative Artificial Intelligence.  The aim of this work is to better understand how artificial learners can achieve higher levels of cooperation in social dilemmas (e.g. through mechanism design). Before that, Tobias graduated in 2016 from Ulm University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Physics. After graduating, he worked as a quantitative trader at Jane Street Capital.

Tobias has a sentiocentric moral scope and a naturalistic worldview.

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Melanie Joy

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation on the Sentientism YouTube here and on the Sentientism Podcast here.

Melanie Joy, PhD, is a Harvard-educated psychologist specializing in relationships, communication, and social transformation. She is the award-winning author of six books, including the new How to End Injustice Everywhere and the bestselling Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and Getting Relationships Right: How to Build Resilience and Thrive in Life, Love, and Work. Melanie is also an internationally recognized speaker and trainer who’s presented her work in fifty countries across six continents.

Melanie is best known for her groundbreaking theories on the psychology of violence and nonviolence and building healthy relationships. Her analyses have helped explain why people engage in “nonrelational” behaviors—behaviors that harm other people, animals, the planet, and themselves—as well as how to change this pattern. Her work has been featured by media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, BBC, NPR, and ABC Australia. She is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence; and she also received both the Peter Singer Prize and the Empty Cages Prize for her work developing strategies to reduce the suffering of non-human animals. Melanie is the founding president of the international organization, Beyond Carnism.

Melanie is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview. She is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

Melanie on Wikipedia
How to End Injustice Everywhere
Beyond Carnism
Infighting.org
MelanieJoy.org
@DrMelanieJoy

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Dr. Kendra Coulter

Sentientist

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Kendra is a professor of management and organisational studies at Huron University and a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She is a leading expert on animals and work, animal protection organizations and policy, and gender equity. Kendra has led multiple research projects enriching our understanding of human-animal work and animals’ own forms of labour in important new directions including through development of the concepts of humane jobs, interspecies solidarity, and ecosocial reproduction.

Kendra’s latest book is Defending Animals: Finding Hope on the Front Lines of Animal Protection. She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, and public reports, as well as the path-making Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity. She is the co-editor of Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? Kendra has also published more than sixty columns including for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Salon, Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, Edmonton Journal, The Conversation, iPolitics, and National Observer. Her work has so far been translated into French, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, German, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Kendra is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope. She is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview.

@DrKendraCoulter
Kendra on Insta
Kendra at Huron University

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Cansu Yersal

Sentientist

I am in favor of sentientism because I believe ‘any individual who is capable of subjective experience should be considered a moral subject’. I also believe in treating feeling beings with compassion.
@cansu_yersal

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Molly Elwood

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism Podcast.

Molly is a writer, copywriter, editor, creative strategist and an animal rights activist. She is Founder and CEO of the non-existent farm, Elwoods Organic Dog Meat.

Molly is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview. She is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

elwooddogmeat.com
mollyelwood.com
@ElwoodDogMeat
mollyelwood
instagram.com/molly.elwood
linkedin.com/in/mollyelwood

 

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Luke McGuire

Sentientist

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Luke is a lecturer working in the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter. His research examines social and moral development between childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Between 2017 and 2020 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on the Wellcome Trust, ESRC and NSF funded “STEM Teens” project. This project examined the role of youth educators in informal science learning sites, both by longitudinally following youth educators and by quasi-experimentally examining their role in these sites.

Luke is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

@lukemcguirex
LukeMcGuire.co.uk

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Jared Moore

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism Podcast.

Jared is a researcher at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Until the summer of 2023 he was a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Computer Science. While there he created a class on the philosophy of AI and created and taught an ethics course as well as teaching technical artificial intelligence courses. His satirical novel “The Strength of The Illusion” was published in the summer of 2023. Previous Sentientism guest Mark Solms called it “extraordinary”.

Jared is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope. He is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview.

JaredMoore.org
@jaredlcm
The Strength Of The Illusion

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Kat Woods

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast.

Kat is an effective altruist who co-founded Nonlinear (incubating artificial intelligence extinction risk non-profits), Charity Entrepreneurship (helping people start new, effective charities), and Charity Science Health. She describes her main focus today as trying “to make transformative artificial intelligence go well instead of poorly.”

Kat is an atheist and has a naturalistic worldview. She has a sentiocentric moral scope.

KatWoods.org
Kat__Woods
Kat on FaceBook

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Ryan Blum

Sentientist

Sentientism most aligns with my moral intuitions.

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Linda MacCarthy

Sentientist

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Alexandra Paul

Sentientist

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism Podcast.

Alexandra is an actress, activist and health coach. She has appeared in more than 100 feature films and television programs starring alongside actors including Tom Hanks, Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner and Dan Ackroyd. She is internationally recognized for her 5-year starring role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the tv series Baywatch. For 4 years, Alexandra hosted the extreme sports series Wild Waters on the Outdoor Life Network, in addition to hosting the WE network series Winning Women for two seasons. She also hosted 150 episodes of the environmental cable access talk show EarthTalk Today. Alexandra has her own wellness coaching business through which she personally coaches clients all over the world and speaks to groups on how to change their habits for a healthier lifestyle and a happier life. Alexandra co-hosts a weekly podcast, Switch4Good which is heard worldwide and has over 3 million downloads and YouTube views.

Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their “2005 Activist of the Year” for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and peace issues. In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her work on human overpopulation. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. She walked across America for over five weeks on The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, and has been arrested over a dozen times for protesting at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. She was also arrested during a peaceful 1990 sit-in for AIDS patients to access fast tracked pharmaceutical drugs and protecting electric cars from being crushed. She has been arrested 5 times for peacefully protesting animal exploitation. She has been involved in open rescues of other farm animals. Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted Jam-packed, an educational film broadcast on PBS about the human overpopulation crisis, which has won several environmental awards. She followed that up with The Cost of Cool- Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World, which won a CineEagle award. In 1986, she (along with producer / manager Daniel Sladek) founded Young Artists United, a successful non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need. Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over six thousand Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation and continues to speak at universities and conferences on the issue. Alexandra has a TEDx talk on the benefits of a one child family which currently has 675,000 views. In 2000, Alexandra and her identical twin sister Caroline were the recipients of the Christopher Street West Rainbow Award for their ongoing support of gay and lesbian rights.

Alexandra was a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for 23 years. She competes in long distance swimming and Ironman races, including competing in the World Ironman Championship in Hawaii (2.44 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon) which she completed in 13:18:52. In 2012, Alexandra swam around Key West, a 12.5 mile race. In 2014, she swam the 22 km Reto Acapulco off the coast of Mexico.

Alexandra is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope. She is non-religious and has a naturalistic worldview.

Alexandra on Wikipedia
AlexandraPaul.com
Alexandra_actress (Instagram)
Alexandra on FaceBook
Switch4Good podcast

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George Woodhouse

Sentientist

Respect and care for sentient creatures.

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Delcianna (Delci) Winders

Sentientist

Delci is an animal protection lawyer, scholar, teacher and programme builder. She is an associate professor of law and Director & Founder of the Animal Law and Policy Institute at Vermont Law and Graduate School. The Institute is committed to training animal advocacy leaders (e.g. masters degrees and programmes, Farmed Animal Advocacy Clinic) and serving as a resource hub.

Delci previously taught at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she directed the world’s first law school clinic dedicated to farmed animal advocacy. She served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the PETA Foundation, was the first Academic Fellow of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and was a visiting scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Her primary interests are in animal law and administrative law. She has also taught animal law at Tulane University School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Delci’s work has appeared in the Denver Law ReviewFlorida State Law ReviewOhio State Law JournalNYU Law Review, and the Animal Law Review. She has also published extensively in the popular press, including The HillNational GeographicNewsweekNew York Daily NewsSalonU.S.A. Today, and numerous other outlets.

Delci is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope “overlaid with a respect for systems and interconnectedness”. She is an atheist and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast. Full show notes and all the links are here too.

@DelciannaW
@ProfWinders (Instagram)
Delci on LinkedIn
Delci at VLGS

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Varda Mehrotra

Sentientist

Varda Mehrotra is an animal advocate and movement builder, exploring intersectional solutions. Most recently, she founded Samayu to undertake intersectional work and apply a systems approach for issues surrounding justice and animals in food systems. Under her decade-long leadership, FIAPO – India’s federation for animal organisations – was recognized as one of the most effective animal charities. She has spearheaded several large-scale undercover investigations, campaigns for farmed animals, companion animals and wild animals and was the architect of India’s largest plant-based advocacy network which has created many animal advocate leaders in the country. Prior to that, she spent several years organising within the grassroots animal advocacy movement in Scotland.

Varda has a broadly naturalistic worldview, describing herself as a “nothingist” when it comes to deities. She is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube channel and here on the Sentientism Podcast.

@MehrotraVarda

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