The Philosophy of Sentientism | Jamie Woodhouse


June 18th, 2021

1 hr 4 mins 40 secs

Season 13

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[00:06:11] “ When we are choosing what to believe, we should choose evidence and reason.”

[00:11:39] “ ..if you more morality is primarily concerned with reducing suffering and well-being, you know, why not have a moral circle that includes all beings capable of suffering?”

[00:14:24] “ Our evidence is never going to be perfect. Our reasoning is highly unlikely to be perfect. It’s all we have but it’s highly unlikely to be perfect. So we should be deeply skeptical about all our beliefs outside the formal system.”

[00:15:49] “The real challenge is the ability to have compassion for people you disagree with, even have compassion for people that you think are immoral or are causing harm…doesn’t mean you are weak.”

[00:49:14] “I think stoicism is a really good way of helping you balance what you can have an effect on, what you can’t accept, the things you can’t control and try and have a positive influence on other things.”

[00:51:48] “ We should try and do the most good we possibly can and we should use evidence and reason and rationality to work out what is most effective to do so. Instead of just emotionally doing what feels good, we should actually tend to think through how we can mitigate the most possible suffering of ascensions as well.”


[00:00:37] Guest introduction

[00:02:15] Where did you grow up? And what was it like there?

[00:03:04] What kind of kid were are you in high school?

[00:04:10] How different is life now than what you had imagined it was going to be like when you were that age?

[00:04:36] What was your journey like then, from those years till now? What have you been up to?

[00:05:55] What is the philosophy of Sentientism? And how did your experience help shape the philosophy itself?

[00:12:51] Would that be kind of the line in the sand if we have to binary classify?

[00:14:07] How would an ideal standup ideal practitioner of sentimentalism behave in their daily lives?

[00:19:45] Does it also encompass the belief that there are differences between us and animals? Why do we even see a difference between man and animals?

[00:26:36] How to encompass the entire spectrum in your sphere of compassion

[00:29:47] Is evidence-based reason and compassion for all sentient beings just a capacity to process information in some really fast and interesting ways?

[00:35:09] How does sentimentalism account for AI?

[00:40:06] Why should humans be the ones to include other things in their moral circle when other things might not include us in their moral circle?

[00:46:57] What does compassionate retribution look like?

[00:49:03] How can we practice compassion a little more in our daily lives?

[00:53:54] Jamie tells us about how sentientism starts in infants and how it is trained out of them by society.

[00:55:59] It’s 100 years in the future. What do you want to be remembered for?

[00:58:31] The Random Round

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