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What is Sentientism?

Sentientism is a simple, potentially unifying, philosophy or worldview. It commits to using evidence and applying reason and grants moral consideration to all sentient beings.

The commitment to evidence and reason means that Sentientism, like secular humanism, rejects supernatural beliefs. Granting moral consideration to all sentient beings (sentients) means sentientists see causing harm or death to a sentient as morally negative.

Sentient beings are those that can experience – both suffering and flourishing.  Sentient beings today include humans and non-human animals – the clear priority. However, sentient beings could potentially include artificial and alien intelligences should we create or encounter them.

If you’d like to dig deeper into what Sentientism is you can read this introductory piece or some published magazine articles on Sentientism here , listen to some the podcasts that have interviews about Sentientism here, watch video interviews here and find some relevant books here.

Please let me know what you think – in comments below or on one of our community groups.

Here’s another piece that compares sentientism to some related philosophies and movements.  Hopefully this helps to clarify why I think it is distinctive and valuable.

This is a short read covering my thoughts re: “Is Humanism good enough” and pointing out where sentientism is an improvement.

There’s a Sentientism Wikipedia page, a Simple English Wikipedia page and an Animawiki one – feel free to help improve them.

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“Marx for Cats” – Leigh Claire La Berge – Sentientism Ep:204

Leigh Claire La Berge is Professor in City University of New York‘s English Department. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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“Marx for Cats” – Leigh Claire La Berge – Sentientism Ep:204

Leigh Claire La Berge is Professor in City University of New York‘s English Department. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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Teaching the Sentientism Worldview – Webinar Recording (only 28 mins!)

YouTube and Podcast recordings of our "Teaching the Sentientism Worldview" webinar.
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“What if you’re the people you’ve been waiting for?” – Prof John Barry ‪- Sentientism Ep:202

John is an activist academic, a green political economist and former Green Party politician in Northern Ireland. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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