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Where are sentientists around the world?

Here’s our wall of sentientists. If, like them, you’re committed to evidence and reason and have compassion for all sentient beings, why not join them and add your tile here.

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Carol Jasper

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Carol is a Lecturer in psychology at the University of Stirling teaching social psychology and quantitative research methods. She is interested in inequality, social identity, veganism and conspiracism. Carol co-authored “The Cheese Paradox” with Devon Docherty.

Carol has a broadly naturalistic worldview although is open to the possibility of “something beyond” the natural world, being drawn to pagan and Celtic influences. She is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

@DrCarolJasper
@veganfoodtrainer

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Maja Cullen

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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

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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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Emilia Leese

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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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Hakeem Jimo

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Hakeem is co-founder and CEO of Veggie Victory, Nigeria’s first plant-based food tech company. Hakeem and his partner, Bola Adeyanju, also founded Nigeria’s first vegan restaurant, V Café, and now run the VChunks meat alternative product company – designed to help veganise Nigerian cuisine. Hakeem is also country director for ProVeg Nigeria.

Hakeem is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

Hakeem on LinkedIn

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Laura Chepner

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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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Troy Vettese

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Troy Vettese is an environmental historian who specializes in environmental economics, animal studies, and energy history. In 2019 he completed his doctorate in history at New York University. From 2019 to 2021, he worked at Harvard University as a William Lyon Mackenzie King postdoctoral research fellow. He has collaborated with Drew Pendergrass, an environmental engineer, on numerous projects including their book Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics .

Troy is currently revising his dissertation on neoliberal environmental thought into a book, tentatively titled ‘Beyond Externality’. In addition to his academic work, Vettese writes on a wide array of environmental topics for a popular audience, and has had essays published in the Guardian, the New Statesman, Jacobin, N+1, Book Forum, and Boston Review.

Troy has a broadly naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

Half-Earth Socialism (play the game and see if you can save our world!)
Troy at the European University Institute

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Jimmy Videle

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Jimmy Videle is a farmer, naturalist (in the sense of working to understand nature scientifically), and researcher. He is the author of The Veganic Grower’s Handbook: Cultivating Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs from Urban Backyard to Rural Farmyard and the co-founder of NAVCS-Certified Veganic. His writing has appeared in many publications including CounterPunch, Countercurrents, and LA Progressive.

He uses a naturalistic epistemology in his work but also has some supernatural aspects to his worldview. He is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

Jimmy’s YouTube Show
Jimmy on Facebook
The Veganic Grower’s Handbook
Jimmy Videle – Observatory
Publications – The Humane Herald
La Ferme de L’Aube
Jimmy’s Boileau Biodiversity Reserve Crowdfunder
North American Veganic Certification

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David Peña-Guzmán

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David specializes in European philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of animal minds. He is interested in the problem of consciousness, the study of lived experience and the value of the humanities. David lives in San Francisco, California and is Associate Professor of Humanities at San Francisco State University. He has previously worked at Johns Hopkins University, Laurentian University, Dillard University, and Emory University (where he received his Ph.D. in 2015). He is the author of “When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness” and co-host, with Ellie Anderson, of the Overthink Podcast. His work has been covered by The New York Times, CNN, ABC, The Atlantic, Le Parisian, El País, and Forbes, among others.

David has a sentiocentric moral scope and a naturalistic epistemology.

@DrPenaGuzman1
Overthink Podcast
David at San Francisco State University

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Jonathan Leighton

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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

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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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Christof Koch

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Christof is a neurophysiologist and computational neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural basis of consciousness on which he worked with Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick for 24 years. He is the president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. Having originally trained as a physicist, from 1986 until 2013, he was a Professor of Biology and Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Southern California.

Christof describes his passion in life as “to understand how I came to be in this wonderful, mysterious universe. Not so much me, personally, but me as a conscious, experiencing thing surrounding by other conscious organisms and trees, stars, and the sea.” Over the last decade, he has worked closely with the psychiatrist and neuroscientist Giulio Tononi. Together they advocate for an Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of consciousness – often seen as a modern version of panpsychism that only ascribes consciousness to entities with some degree of irreducible cause-effect power.

Christof is the author of the books Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist. The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach, and Biophysics of Computation: Information Processing in Single Neurons. His forthcoming book, Then I am Myself the World, is due out in 2024.

Christof has a sentiocentric moral scope saying that “For the sake of animals, I’m a vegetarian.” Hopefully, as a result of our conversation, he will now be considering veganism. Having been raised Roman Catholic he now has a non-religious, naturalistic worldview.

ChristofKoch.com
Christof at the Allen Institute
Christof on Wikipedia

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Tobias Baumann

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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

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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

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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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Molly Elwood

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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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Iyan Offor

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Dr Iyan Offor is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University conducting interdisciplinary, theoretical research focusing on global animal law, environmental justice, intersectionality, posthumanism and law in the Anthropocene. Iyan is passionate about delivering legal education and research that will lead to the improvement of protections for animals and the environment in law. Iyan teaches international environmental law and human rights, legal theory, legal research, and constitutional law. He will also be creating a new course on animals in environmental law. His new book, “Global Animal Law From The Margins“, is published by Routledge.

Iyan is non-religious and has a broadly naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope.

@IyanOffor
Iyan on LinkedIn
Iyan at Birmingham City University

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Jane Kotzmann

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Jane is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Deakin Law School. Jane obtained degrees in Commerce, Law (with Honours), and a PhD in human rights law from Deakin University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Teach for Australia) from the University of Melbourne. Jane has published research in relation to the human right to education, the human rights of disabled people, animal rights, and animal related laws. She has taught a variety of units, including human rights law, administrative law and contract law. She was a finalist for ‘Academic of the Year’ in the Australian Law Awards in 2019 and 2020. Her article titled ‘Recognising the Sentience of Animals in Law: A Justification and Framework for Australian States and Territories’ was given an Australian Legal Research Award in 2022 for Best Early Career Research Article. Before embarking on her career in academia, Jane served as an associate in the inaugural Teach for Australia program. Prior to this, she was in private legal practice for a number of years, principally in commercial litigation.

Jane is not religious and has a broadly naturalistic worldview while being open minded about the possibility there are things beyond the natural world. She is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope, complemented by a wider concern for ecosystems.

Jane at Deakin University

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John Sanbonmatsu

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John is a writer, philosopher, cultural critic and magician. He is best known for his book, The Postmodern Prince, and for his more recent work in Critical Animal Studies where he edited the collection “Critical Theory and Animal Liberation“. Also in that field his book “The Omnivore’s Deception: What We Get Wrong about Meat, Animals, and the Nature of Moral Life” will be published by NYU Press in 2024. John was raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and received his BA from Hampshire College and his PhD in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University, and the University of California Santa Cruz, and is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, where he teaches ethics, politics, existentialism, and other courses.  In his spare time, he performs as a professional magician and mentalist.

In “The Omnivore’s Deception” John argues for complete elimination of the meat, egg, dairy, and fishing industries. He says “However, it is no more a book about veganism than Rosemary’s Baby is a movie about becoming a first-time mom. Rather, it’s about civilizational error. It’s about what happens when we organize society, economy, and daily life around a radical evil, then engage in elaborate self-deceptions to keep the truth of that evil from ourselves.”

John is non-religious and has a broadly naturalistic worldview. He is vegan and has (at least) a sentiocentric moral scope.

JohnSanbonmatsu.com
@SanbonmatsuJ

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Luke McGuire

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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

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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

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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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Alexandra Paul

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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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Delcianna (Delci) Winders

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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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Milan Kundera

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Milan was a novelist. He went into exile in France in 1975, acquiring citizenship in 1981. His Czech citizenship was revoked in 1979, but he was regranted citizenship in 2019. Milan’s best-known work is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. Before the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the country’s ruling Communist Party of Czechoslovakia banned his books. He led a low-profile life and rarely spoke to the media. He was thought to be a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Milan was awarded the 1985 Jerusalem Prize, in 1987 the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and the 2000 Herder Prize. In 2021, he received the Golden Order of Merit from the president of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

Milan was an atheist and seemed to have a naturalistic worldview, having said “I was never a believer, but after seeing Czech Catholics persecuted during the Stalinist terror, I felt the deepest solidarity with them. What separated us, the belief in God, was secondary to what united us.” He seemed to have a sentiocentric moral scope, saying “Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test… consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” He also said “What seems more likely, in fact, is that man invented God to sanctify the dominion that he had usurped for himself over the cow and the horse.”

Milan on Wikipedia
Milan’s entry at the Freedom from Religion Foundation

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Varda Mehrotra

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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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Yamini Narayanan

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Dr Yamini Narayanan is Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University. Her work makes substantive contributions to the rapidly emergent field of South Asian Animal Studies through a twin focus on animals in political and urban life in India. It addresses species as an explicit identity category in Indian national politics through the intersections of anthropocentrism, sectarianism, and casteism. Her book Mother Cow, Mother India offers one of the first empirical critiques of India’s cow protectionism discourse and politics from a critical animal studies standpoint. Yamini’s work on urban animals is the first to theorise species as part of populations in urban informal spaces. Her work is published in leading journals including Environment and Planning A, D and E; Urban Geography; Geoforum; Hypatia; and South Asia.

Yamini is the founding Convenor of the Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network and is a lifelong Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. In 2019, Yamini was awarded Deakin University’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence. Yamini serves as Special Issues Editor of Urban Geography; Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities; and South Asia Editor for Asian Studies Review. Yamini publishes widely in media on issues related to animal rights, including the Animal Liberation Currents, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Huffington Post and Animal People Forum. She has been interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Brazil, and for documentaries on cow protection politics and animal advocacy in India.

Yamini is Hindu and applies a broadly naturalistic worldview in practice. She is vegan and has a sentiocentric moral scope.

@YaminiNarayanan
Yamini at Deakin

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Nicolas Delon

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Nicolas is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the New College of Florida. In Fall 2023, he will join the College of Charleston as Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

Nicolas is vegan and has, at least, a sentiocentric moral scope (see his work and our conversation below about moral consideration for non-sentient “agents”). He has a naturalistic worldview.

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

NicolasDelon.com
Nicolas’ Substack Blog “Running Ideas”
@NicoDelon

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Anita Krajnc

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Anita is Executive Director of the Plant Based Treaty initiative & the Animal Save Movement, a worldwide network of Save groups bearing witness to farmed animals & promoting veganism & love-based, grassroots activism. She describes herself as an animal rights and an environmental activist. She is the co-author of the book “The Secret Lives of Pigs“.

Anita is vegan and has at least a sentiocentric moral scope. She has a naturalistic and non-religious worldview.

Find our Sentientist Conversation (along with Nicola Harris) here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast.

@animalrightsyay
Plant Based Treaty

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Nicola Harris

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Nicola is Director of Communications for the Plant Based Treaty initiative and works on the Animal Save Movement‘s communications team. She has over 20 years of experience in pressure campaigning in the UK.

Nicola is vegan and has at least a sentiocentric moral scope. She is an atheist and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find our Sentientist Conversation (along with Anita Krajnc) here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast.

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“The Solutionary Way… we can’t wait!” – Zoe Weil ‪- Sentientism Ep:201

Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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Devon Docherty, Carol Jasper and Maja Cullen are psychology researchers from the University of Stirling. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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Dr Michael Levin is a developmental and synthetic biologist at Tufts University. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better future.
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