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Morality is Hard

Michael Dello-Iacovo

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Morality is Hard

Morality is Hard

Michael Dello-Iacovo

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Podcast by Michael Dello-Iacovo

Latest Episodes

Episode 8 - Jacy Reese - The End of Animal Farming

Jacy Reese and I spoke about effective animal advocacy and his new book, The End of Animal Farming. Jacy is co-founder and Research Director of Sentience Institute, an "effective altruism" think tank researching humanity's moral circle. His new book, The End of Animal Farming, outlines a roadmap for humanity's upcoming transition to an animal-free food system when we will eat real meat, dairy, and eggs without animal slaughter. He has written in outlets such as The Guardian, Vox, and National Review, and presented on these topics in over 20 countries.

71 min2019 JAN 11
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Episode 8 - Jacy Reese - The End of Animal Farming

Episode 7 - Short stories with an ethical theme

This episode contains an audio reading of two short stories I wrote over the last few years. Each of them have an animal rights theme, but are in very different settings. You can find more short stories like this and articles about everything from morality to science on my website at michaeldello.com.

35 min2018 OCT 10
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Episode 7 - Short stories with an ethical theme

Episode 6 - Elie Hassenfeld - GiveWell and how to get the most out of a donation

Elie Hassenfeld and I spoke about the charity he co-founded with Holden Karnofsky, GiveWell, and how it analyses charities to determine how effective they are at alleviating suffering. We also spoke about Open Philanthropy Project, a sister organisation of GiveWell, which started with the question of "How can we accomplish as much good as possible with our giving?" https://www.givewell.org/ https://www.openphilanthropy.org/

34 min2018 FEB 7
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Episode 6 - Elie Hassenfeld - GiveWell and how to get the most out of a donation

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. www.michaeldello.com/podcast www.animalcharityevaluators.org

56 min2017 AUG 20
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Episode 5 -Kieran Grieg, Animal Charity Evaluators(19/08/2017)

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. For more episodes, visit and subscribe here: http://www.michaeldello.com/podcast/ And follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/moralityishard/

24 min2017 MAY 23
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Episode 4 – Tobias Leenaert, the Vegan Strategist (22/05/2017)

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.

46 min2017 MAY 2
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Episode 3 – The Reducetarian Solution book review (01/05/2017)

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. If you enjoyed this, visit our site for more content. http://www.michaeldello.com/podcast/

30 min2017 APR 24
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Episode 2 – United Airlines, Dark MOFO and shark culling (21/04/2017)

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. Visit the website for resources and more episodes. http://www.michaeldello.com/episode-1-rob-farquharson-06042017/

67 min2017 APR 24
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Episode 1 – Rob Farquharson (06/04/2017)
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Latest Episodes

Episode 8 - Jacy Reese - The End of Animal Farming

Jacy Reese and I spoke about effective animal advocacy and his new book, The End of Animal Farming. Jacy is co-founder and Research Director of Sentience Institute, an "effective altruism" think tank researching humanity's moral circle. His new book, The End of Animal Farming, outlines a roadmap for humanity's upcoming transition to an animal-free food system when we will eat real meat, dairy, and eggs without animal slaughter. He has written in outlets such as The Guardian, Vox, and National Review, and presented on these topics in over 20 countries.

71 min2019 JAN 11
Comments
Episode 8 - Jacy Reese - The End of Animal Farming

Episode 7 - Short stories with an ethical theme

This episode contains an audio reading of two short stories I wrote over the last few years. Each of them have an animal rights theme, but are in very different settings. You can find more short stories like this and articles about everything from morality to science on my website at michaeldello.com.

35 min2018 OCT 10
Comments
Episode 7 - Short stories with an ethical theme

Episode 6 - Elie Hassenfeld - GiveWell and how to get the most out of a donation

Elie Hassenfeld and I spoke about the charity he co-founded with Holden Karnofsky, GiveWell, and how it analyses charities to determine how effective they are at alleviating suffering. We also spoke about Open Philanthropy Project, a sister organisation of GiveWell, which started with the question of "How can we accomplish as much good as possible with our giving?" https://www.givewell.org/ https://www.openphilanthropy.org/

34 min2018 FEB 7
Comments
Episode 6 - Elie Hassenfeld - GiveWell and how to get the most out of a donation

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. www.michaeldello.com/podcast www.animalcharityevaluators.org

56 min2017 AUG 20
Comments
Episode 5 -Kieran Grieg, Animal Charity Evaluators(19/08/2017)

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. For more episodes, visit and subscribe here: http://www.michaeldello.com/podcast/ And follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/moralityishard/

24 min2017 MAY 23
Comments
Episode 4 – Tobias Leenaert, the Vegan Strategist (22/05/2017)

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.

46 min2017 MAY 2
Comments
Episode 3 – The Reducetarian Solution book review (01/05/2017)

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. If you enjoyed this, visit our site for more content. http://www.michaeldello.com/podcast/

30 min2017 APR 24
Comments
Episode 2 – United Airlines, Dark MOFO and shark culling (21/04/2017)

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. Visit the website for resources and more episodes. http://www.michaeldello.com/episode-1-rob-farquharson-06042017/

67 min2017 APR 24
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Episode 1 – Rob Farquharson (06/04/2017)
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