We now have a Sentientism podcast! You can find it on Apple Podcasts here and on all the platforms supported by Anchor here. Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and give us some stars or a review to let us know what you think.
I’ve also been interviewed about Sentientism on a growing number of podcast shows. You can find listening links below.
If you run a podcast and would like to talk about sentientism please get in touch using our contact form on the right of this page or via @Sentientism.
If you think a podcast you listen to would be interested in sentientism, why not put them in touch with me or even suggest yourself as a guest?
Uncomfortable Conversations is hosted by Josh Szeps. Josh is a TV and radio broadcaster. He is best known for the shows he has hosted for HuffPost, CBS News and for the Australian ABC network. In Uncomfortable Conversations he aims to help us break out of our echo chambers and have constructive conversations – even if they’re uncomfortable. He’s interviewed Jane Goodall, Susan Sarandon, Russell Brand, Ron Howard, Richard Dawkins and Tim Minchin – but now he’s really hit the big time having talked to me about Sentientism 🙂
The show explores all disciplines that have a fascination and an appreciation of animals and a passion to fight for a better world for all animals. The show is hosted by a team of Melbourne-based animal advocates, presenting local & international news, interviews and music from this vibrant social justice movement.
In his own words, Josh created the Pineal Podcast to help awaken his spirit. He talks to people about their own journeys to explore the ways they think, how they acquired their views on life and seek to discover areas where commonality can be found. His conversations touch on nature and climate change; our agricultural system and veganism; individual activism and systems change; public education and population control; drug policy; prison reforms; the use of psychedelics; addiction, health and wellness; gratitude, mediation and yoga; music, travel and community; and morality and religion.
Our Hen House:
Listen to the episode on the OHH web site or all the usual platforms. Our Hen House is a nonprofit dedicated to effectively mainstreaming the movement to end the exploitation of animals.
Mariann and I talk about naturalism, sentience and the Sentientism movement. Mariann’s co-host Jasmin has also been a guest on Sentientist Conversations. I’m hoping Mariann will follow in her footsteps soon too!
Peter and I discuss my personal journey from religion to atheism and humanism, then on to Sentientism. We talk about the epistemology and ethics of Sentientism and how it links to how we might live our lives.
Listen to the episode on the Future Based web site or all the usual platforms.
The Future Based podcast is part of a wider initiative aiming to facilitate inter-disciplinary discussions and collaborations about our collective future.
Annika van den Born and I discuss how naturalism and sentiocentrism come together in Sentientism. We talk about the risks of environmental movements extending their moral circles too far (biocentrism, ecocentrism or holism) while ignoring sentient non-human animals. We also talk about what a Sentientist utopia might look and how we might move towards it.
Listen to the episode about Sentientism via Apple, Spotify or the other usual platforms. There’s also a video of our conversation on YouTube here.
The Future Design Podcast by Takatoshi Shibayama is about the technologies and ideas that improve ourselves and the world around us.
As well as covering the basics of Sentientism and its implications, we discussed how it’s much harder for some communities to move to rationality & compassion where their way of life is deeply bound to animal fishing/farming and to tradition. We also discuss how individuals can make personal changes but also help to drive institutional changes that might have even greater impact.
All Things Risk:
Listen to the episode about Sentientism on their website, via Apple or all the usual platforms.
The All Things Risk podcast by Ben Cattaneo explores the themes of risk, uncertainty and resilience in every aspect of life.
This was an engaging, broad ranging conversation about Sentientism. Assessing and managing risk (in simple terms, the potential for bad things to happen) is an important part of the sentientist commitment to evidence and reason.
You might find this an interesting listen given we disagree both on religion (even on whether humanism is non-religious) and on sentience-based ethics.
Listen to the Sentientism episode online or on any of the usual platforms. We discuss Sentientism from 18mins. There’s an explicit language warning for the section before that as we talk about me being attacked by a white supremacist group.
Godless Spellchecker focuses on atheism, secularism, freedom of belief and speech. Stephen is happy to challenge religion where required (everywhere).
Stephen and I agree substantially on religion and on animal ethics (he’s been vegan for years), but Stephen is hesitant about layering specific ethical obligations on atheism. See, for example, the widely criticised “Atheism Plus” movement mentioned here.
This discussion is more philosophically detailed and precise than the others, given Aaron is a real philosopher and I am only pretending. The “lightning round” was appropriately terrifying. I try to hedge by distinguishing between “not-real” (gods, fictional characters) “real” (chairs, sandwiches) and “brain-real” (stories about fictional characters and gods, rights, morality).
Free Thought Prophet:
Listen to the Sentientism episode online or on any of the usual platforms. It’s also on YouTube (I’m audio only due to the state of my covid19 lockdown beard). The Free Thought Prophet focuses on freedom of thought, atheism, science, secularism and Irish whiskey (apparently there is no other kind).
This was a less formal conversation, partly because of the whiskey (I may have had a beer too). The hosts and I agree when it comes to religion, the supernatural and atheism. One of the hosts, John, has been vegetarian for years. He continues to see animal farming as an ethical horror but is now relaxing his vegetarianism re: eating wild, culled deer. Our conversation continues on Twitter.
This was a fascinating conversation more focused on animal advocacy. We talked about how anti-speciesists and vegans generally are Sentientist, in that they grant meaningful moral consideration to all sentient beings. However, some other Sentientists (including me) that are open to granting different degrees of moral consideration based on degrees of sentience – might remain open to criticisms of speciesism, even though we agree that harming or killing any sentient is a moral negative.