Morality is Hard Podcast

Morality is more complicated than you want it to be. The Morality is Hard podcast seeks to shed light on some of the most complex ethical issues today. Follow us on Facebook, or download our episodes on iTunes.

Episode 1 – Rob Farquharson (06/04/2017)

Rob Farquharson is a Masters of Philosophy candidate at the University of Adelaide, where he is studying the philosophical foundation of cognitive science with a focus on real world examples. His current case study is on the homing behaviour of desert ants. He is also an undergraduate tutor, and has a keen interest in moral philosophy.

We spoke about no-platforming, in particular the recent cases of this occurring against Ayaan Hirsi Ali on her trip to Australia, and Peter Singer in Canada, artificial intelligence, and wild-animal suffering.

Episode 2 – United Airlines, Dark MOFO and shark culling (21/04/2017)

Today I expanded on two blog posts I wrote recently, the first being about the recent United Airlines event where a customer was removed from one of their flights and about a controversial art installation coming to Tasmania, Australia. I try to show why both of these events are more complex than they first seem.

The second is about the recent announcement by the Australian Federal Government that they are considering a shark cull in response to a surfer dying to a shark attack in Western Australia. I try to show why this makes no economic sense, even if you are only concerned with Australian human lives.

Episode 3 – The Reducetarian Solution book review (01/05/2017)

Today I expanded on the book review that I wrote on The Reducetarian Solution, a series of essays on eating less animal products edited by Brian Kateman. It’s not an entirely vegan book, which may bother some people, but I think people interested in animal advocacy should know what it says to know whether to promote, support or recommend it.

Episode 4 – Tobias Leenaert, the Vegan Strategist (22/05/2017)

Tobias Leenaert is one of the founders of Ethical Vegetarian Alternative, or EVA, which is a Belgian organisation that advocates the consumption of plant foods instead of animals.

Tobias founded the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy, CEVA, with Melanie Joy, who you might know as the author of Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. CEVA aims to increase the impact of vegan advocacy worldwide.

I first heard about Tobias through his work on the Vegan Strategist, a blog where he talks about effect animal advocacy. He is also working on a book on vegan strategy and communication, and gives talks around the world.

Tobias and I chatted about the effectiveness and role for different types of animal advocacy.

Episode 5 – Kieran Grieg, Animal Charity Evaluators (19/08/2017)

Kieran Grieg is a research associate at Animal Charity Evaluators, an organisation dedicated to finding the most effective ways of helping animals.

Kieran and I spoke about the work that ACE is doing, and had a great discussion about a range of issues relating to how we can best help animals, including how to determine the effectiveness of an organisation or intervention, and other related causes, such as wild animal suffering.


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