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Peter Singer: Despite everything, I’m still a cosmopolitan

Lockdown TV with Freddie Sayers

Any decent list of the most influential living philosophers will include Peter Singer. For nearly 50 years, the Australian ethicist has been at the forefront of progressive politics — his ideas about animal rights and effective altruism have shaped those debates ever since the 80s and his brand of utilitarian progressive thought continues to dominate.More controversially, his writing against the sanctity of life and in favour of the morality of ending the lives of highly disabled infants have angered the Conservative Right as much as the disability lobby on the Left. He has been “cancelled” before the term even existed, with invitations to speak retracted multiple times over the years.Now he is co-Editor of a new “Journal of Controversial Ideas” which seeks to provide anonymity and safe publication for philosophical essays that touch on topics that might otherwise get the authors “cancelled.”I wanted to know whether the brand of ultra-utilitarian, universalist, progressive thought of which he is such a famous proponent has somehow got out of hand and come back to haunt him? Does he feel that defining virtue by our ability to overrule the natural order of things and care as much for faraway people as we do our loved ones in any way led to the populist backlash of 2016? Now that he is founding publications to protect against cancel culture, is he running from a monster that he helped create?I put these questions to him, and and more (including a discussion about his new book ‘The Golden Ass‘), in a highly enjoyable conversation. Many thanks to Peter for sparing the time.On the contemporary Left:They see themselves as defending people who are underprivileged, marginalised, disadvantaged. They want to extend that defence, not just to improving their social and economic position and preventing discrimination against them, but also making sure that they’re not offended by remarks that are made. And that brings it into conflict with ideas of freedom of speech because if merely the fact that you might offend somebody is a grounds for preventing you speaking, there’s not a lot of freedom of speech left.- PETER SINGER, UNHERDDoes he feel hoisted on his own petard?No, I don’t think that because I’ve always been an advocate of freedom of speech. And in fact I think freedom of speech has been something that the Left traditionally has championed.  - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn identity politics:The idea that if you’re a white male, that somehow this discredits you… doesn’t seem to me at all a defensible view. I think we should look at what people say in terms of how well argued is this? Do the ideas hold up to critical scrutiny? Not in terms of what’s the race or ethnicity or sex of the person who was saying it? - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn critical race theory:People who describe themselves as proponents of critical race theory make racism just so all-encompassing as an explanation and don’t really recognise the genuine and helpful efforts that have been made to make society less racist and to provide more opportunities for people, irrespective of their race. - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn open borders:I’ve never been an advocate of open borders. Although in theory, I think a world with open borders would be great. But as a matter of political pragmatism, I’ve never thought we were ready for that.  - PETER SINGER, UNHERDIs the failure to accept open borders a moral shortcoming or a fact of human nature?It is both the fact of human nature and a moral shortcoming. I think it’s a fact of human nature that we should not celebrate, because it shows that we have an element of xenophobia: fear or hatred of strangers in our nature. And I accept that it’s part of our biological nature, I don’t deny that. And reason and ethical argument is not always powerful enough to overcome some of these facts of our nature.  - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn pragmatic idealism:In a democracy, you can’t get too far ahead of where people are, you have to bring people along with you. Sometimes people and political leaders should do more than they are doing to bring people along with them. - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn why he started the Journal of Controversial ideas:We were worried about the fact that people, particularly more junior untenured, academics, would be intimidated against publishing something controversial, for fear that this could do harm to their career, or personally that they would get such abuse that they would not be able to handle it. - PETER SINGER, UNHERDOn his new book, ‘The Golden Ass’:It’s a Roman novel…which was written in the second century of the Common Era. Apuleius was born in the reign of the Emperor Hadrian and died probably in the reign of Marcus Aurelius. So it’s about a man who gets turned into a donkey because he dabbles in magic rather foolishly and has a bit of bad luck, and becomes a donkey and can’t get out of it for some time.Apuleius had enough empathy with a donkey to describe various forms of cruel treatment that donkeys were enduring in the Roman Empire…There’s a lot of empathy with animals. And that was certainly what first attracted me to it.- PETER SINGER, UNHERD See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Jun 2021

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417b is buying an investment property unethical? we asked Peter Singer (philosopher) all of your questions

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In the m3 community recently there's been chatter about the ethics of owning investment properties. Who better to bring into this discussion than philosopher, Peter Singer. In this episode Glen chats through the concept, and gleans some great tools for working through perspectives on ethical issues. Peter also answers some of your questions!Take a look at Peter's latest book, The Golden Ass: https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/rnaRDRHere's the details of Peter's upcoming events tour: https://thinkinc.org.au/events/singer/Check out the previous episode with Peter Singer, episode 305: https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=565698Take a look at Peter's organisation and book, The Life You Can Save: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org.au/Get $20 off The Glen James Spending Plan using the code "MAGIC". Link to course below!For podcast resources, links to our stuff, disclaimers & warnings about this episode + more... check out: https://www.sortyourmoneyout.com/shownotes🛑 This podcast is for education and entertainment purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for professional financial, tax or legal advice. Any advice is general financial advice only which does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that, you should consider if the advice is appropriate to you and your needs, before acting on the information. If you do choose to buy a financial product read the product disclosure statement and obtain appropriate financial advice tailored to your needs. We may discuss products, services and answer listener questions on this video for entertainment & illustration purposes only. We may change the name of the questioner for anonymity. It is impossible to give you personal advice on an entertainment podcast as we do not know the details of your personal financial situation. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies that may be communicated in this podcast. SYMO interactive Pty Ltd, the publisher of the podcast, is an authorised representative of MoneySherpa Pty Ltd which holds financial services licence 451289. Please read our Financial Services Guide located at sortyourmoneyout.com. This podcast is intended for residents of Australia.We acknowledge the darkinjung people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which our studio sits, and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who may listen to our podcast.


5 May 2021

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This moment in pandemic is ‘the darkness before the dawn,’ says WHO adviser Peter Singer

The Current

As the first wave began to wane a year ago, Canadian physician Peter Singer told The Current that the worst of the pandemic may yet be to come. Where does he think we are now? Singer, the special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, talks to Matt Galloway about the COVID-19 crisis in India, the third wave in Canada and whether vaccines can keep up with a constantly evolving virus.


3 May 2021

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#370 - Peter Singer

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Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher and the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He has a discussion with Tom about his favourite music, the pros and cons of social media, why he felt compelled to set up the Journal of Controversial Ideas at journalofcontroversialideas.org, what he makes of Richard Dawkins' recent "cancellation" for comments on transgenderism, whether the coronavirus lockdowns were a moral imperative and his lifelong promotion of the veganism. Peter's new book, The Golden Ass, is out on May 20th. This episode is brought to you by Modal Electronics, who make beautiful, innovative and powerful synthesisers. You can enjoy vibrant wavetable patches with their ARGON8 series. You can produce state-of-the-art analogue-style synth textures with their COBALT8 series. Go to modalelectronics.com to check out their incredible array of synthesisers. This episode is brought to you by Tinggly, who are on a mission to change the culture of gifting by encouraging everyone to give experiences rather than material things. Their team has handpicked the world’s best travel, adventure, culture, dining and more, bringing it all together in one place. Give stories, not stuff: go to tinggly.com to find out more. This episode is brought to you by Lumie, the original inventors of wake-up lights, whose Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB wake-up light mimics a natural sunrise and sunset. Shown to improve quality of sleep and to boost productivity in clinical trials, this remarkable device also features high quality audio with DAB+ radio, Bluetooth speakers, USB port and a selection of over 20 sleep/wake sounds. The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB can transform the way you start and end your day, especially if you struggle to wake up in the morning and/or get to sleep at night - it certainly did for me. Go to lumie.com to find out more. 


28 Apr 2021

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My Chat with Philosopher Peter Singer (The Saad Truth with Dr. Saad_204)

The Saad Truth with Dr. Saad

We discuss evolutionary theory within philosophy, ethical systems, postmodernism, animal rights, moral relativism, effective altruism, freedom of speech, offshoots of political correctness, among other topics. This talk was originally posted on February 4, 2016 on my YouTube channel as THE SAAD TRUTH_130: https://youtu.be/YxgRQqlndF4 _______________________________________ If you appreciate my work and would like to support it: https://subscribestar.com/the-saad-truth https://patreon.com/GadSaad https://paypal.me/GadSaad _______________________________________ The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense was released on October 6, 2020. Order your copy now. https://www.amazon.com/Parasitic-Mind-Infectious-Killing-Common/dp/162157959X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= https://www.amazon.ca/Parasitic-Mind-Infectious-Killing-Common/dp/162157959X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parasitic-Mind-Infectious-Killing-Common/dp/162157959X _______________________________________ Please visit my new website gadsaad.com, and sign up for alerts. If you appreciate my content, click on the "Support My Work" button. I count on my fans to support my efforts. You can donate via Patreon, PayPal, and/or SubscribeStar. _______________________________________ Dr. Gad Saad is a professor, evolutionary behavioral scientist, and author who pioneered the use of evolutionary psychology in marketing and consumer behavior. In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Saad is a leading public intellectual who often writes and speaks about idea pathogens that are destroying logic, science, reason, and common sense. ______________________________________

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20 Apr 2021

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Should We All Be Vegan? w/ Peter Singer

Novara Media

Should we all be vegan or vegetarian? Does climate change require a new relationship to nature and non-human animals? And will Covid-19 be the moment when we realise industrial farming carries devastating, unacceptable risks? Aaron Bastani speaks to the author of ‘Animal Liberation’ and professor of bioethics at Princeton University, Peter Singer.


3 Mar 2021

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Episode 21 - Wired for War with Author Peter Singer

Holding the Line

Join for a conversation on artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomy, and what our national security future looks like with noted author and strategist Peter Singer. Peter is a senior fellow at New America and the author of several bestselling books like Wired For War, Burn-In, and Ghost Fleet. The Wall Street Journal described Peter as "the premier futurist in the national- security environment” and he was named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterwsinger. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/htlpodcast/support

1hr 8mins

27 Jan 2021

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Fireside chat | Peter Singer


In this episode, Peter and Wanyi have a brief conversation about the direction of EA, movement building strategies, and how to feel about people who do not donate money.Peter Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Life You Can Save, and The Most Good You Can Do. His writings have inspired both the animal rights movement and effective altruism, and he is the founder of the charity The Life You Can Save.This talk was taken from EA Global Asia and Pacific 2020. Click here to watch the talk on the Effective Altruism YouTube channel.


26 Jan 2021

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140. Peter Singer on why you should go vegan

The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation

Peter Singer on why you should go vegan. Photo: Alletta Vaandering


21 Jan 2021

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Peter Singer on the Moral Obligations of Money (Encore from 2019)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

The New Yorker called Princeton and University of Melbourne bio-ethicist, Peter Singer “the world’s most influential living philosopher." Time included him on its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.   Peter has a question for you: Did you know that for the cost of a new television ($600), you can save a life? Here’s another: would it be worth foregoing a nice bottle of wine ($50) to cure someone’s blindness, thus allowing them to return to work and provide for themselves and their family? Could you come up with $700 to fix a new mother’s fistula, a debilitating condition that otherwise sentences her to incontinence and ostracism?   Peter asks these questions because he wants to remind us that sums that are relatively trivial to us in the West can literally save or radically improve the life of someone in the developing world. He argues persuasively that we have the not just the opportunity but the obligation to help these people and doing so is in our own “enlightened self-interest."   Peter is the author of The Life You Can Save, which Bill and Melinda Gates called, “an inspiring work that will change the way you think about philanthropy.” The 10th anniversary edition of the book is available for free in both audio and e-book formats on the website TheLifeYouCanSave.org. Go to the site and find ways you can save a life for $600 or cure someone’s cataract-induced blindness for as little as $50. Seriously, go do it. Now. Here’s the link again: TheLifeYouCanSave.org. You’ll feel better about yourself and life after you do it.   Follow Crazy Money on Facebook here and join the Crazy Money Listeners Group here. About Crazy Money: Unlike traditional personal finance shows like Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman, Crazy Money is not about how to make a million bucks, how to beat the market, or how to save money by switching cable providers. It is about deciding what role we want money to play in our lives and how we can use it to be our best selves. Topics covered include: Philosophy, Happiness, Contentment, Meaning, dreams, purpose, Success, Rat Race, Society, mental health, Buddhism, Stoicism, the hedonic treadmill, morality, Mid-Life Crisis, Business, Work, Careers, Authors, Books, Consumerism, Values, capitalism, economics, investing, saving, spending, personal finance, charity, philanthropy, altruism, affluence, wealth, wealth management, culture, society. Status. Produced and edited by Mike Carano


22 Dec 2020