Julie Taylor

“We’re at the beginning of a huge movement” – Author Julie Taylor – New Sentientist Conversation on Podcast and YouTube

Julie (https://twitter.com/JulieTaylorfai1/​) is an author, artist and animal activist. In these Sentientist Conversations we talk about the two most important questions: “what’s real?” & “what matters?” Sentientism is “evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” The audio is also on our Podcast – subscribe here: https://apple.co/391khQO​ ​ & all the other platforms https://pod.link/1540408008​​​​.

We discuss (with Luna barking in the background):

  • Growing up reading the Children’s Encyclopedia
  • Julie’s life in public service & social work
  • Studying Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism
  • Spirituality & inter-connectedness & diversity
  • Naturalistic and mystical versions of awe, wonder and inter-connectedness
  • “There’s some spirit in everything”
  • Being comfortable not knowing. Humility and open-mindedness
  • “I’ve always had more questions than answers”
  • Starting every day in prayer and meditation to god, but not a god defined by any established religion
  • “god” as an energy in the universe
  • “Humans are like ants in a big machine” Our perceptions are limited
  • Being a freethinker. Interested in all cultures and all religions
  • Shifting from being focused on human issues to becoming a non-human animal advocate
  • Albert Schweitzer‘s reverence for life
  • Having ancestors that profited from animal exploitation
  • Hating injustice, oppression and abuse
  • Bertrand Russell’s analytic philosophy
  • Being a teacher and educator. The importance of a holistic education about all aspects of life
  • An experience with a stray dog. Being talked into looking after it
  • Seeing a council worker take the perspective of non-humans seriously
  • Visiting an egg farm and seeing the hens crammed in to cages
  • Reporting the egg farm to the RSPCA and being told “it’s legal”
  • The danger of a reverence for nature leading to excuses about animal product consumption “life consumes life…”
  • Experiencing unconditional love as a child
  • Patterns of abuse
  • The importance of animal law and regulations
  • The range of ways individuals can drive change, both personally and through our roles influencing and driving institutions
  • Are we at the beginning of a huge movement for non-human animals?
  • The power of social media to help us drive change
  • The influence of education and indoctrination
  • The influence of films and fiction. Dominion, Gunda, Seaspiracy, books
  • “Within one generation – everything will be very different”
  • Millions of animals are exploited, tortured and killed in research & testing
  • “If it was ethically justified they would’t need to hide it.” “Most people don’t want to needlessly cause suffering & death”.
  • Tapping in to latent decent human ethics?
  • Fighting indifference.

Sentientism is “Evidence, reason & compassion for all sentient beings.” More at https://sentientism.info/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. Join our “wall” https://sentientism.info/wall/​ using this form: https://sentientism.info/im-a-sentien…​. ​Everyone interested, Sentientist or not, is welcome to join our groups. Our main one is on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/groups/senti…​. Thanks, Graham for the post-production: https://twitter.com/cgbessellieu​.

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