Since September 2011 I was cohost and blogger at the Vegan Option but left fairly recently. Since many of the posts I plan to put on this blog are going to derive from blogs and interviews I did for the Vegan Option, many of the blogs I wrote including a short description as well as all the interview are after the jump. To see all the blogs and shows I produced there just click this link.
This blog reviews an interview I did with Dr. Julia Minson about why nonvegetarians might have judgemental attitudes towards vegetarians and why people might judge those with altruistic motivations generally from an evolutionary perspective.
I debunk the claim made mainly by Neil Barnard that cheese breaks down into opiate agonists creating addiction
I polled 63 people on whether or not they’d eat lab meat. I was especially curious if people would eat lab meat that involved no animal death greater than what is caused by plant food. I also produced the podcast on lab meat.
a viral video of a ladybug “playing” explained by myself and an entomologist friend
I wrote two blogs based on the data that The Vegan Pledge in London sent to me. The Pledge is a month long campaign that introduces interested participants to a vegan diet, food and recipes and hooks them up with a vegan “buddy” who can help them through any hurdles. The first blog highlighted some major themes in the data from those who participated in the pledge including whether they transitioned to veganism for the month from a vegetarian or other diet and what they felt were the most difficult issues. The second blog, The Pledge Statistics: Do Vegans Thrive in Adversity? investigated the paradoxical phenomenon that those who said they experienced the most adversity were most likely to stick to a vegan diet.
Here are links to extended interviews I did for The Vegan Option
- Interview with Peter Singer on whether or not there will ever be “Peace on Earth” for animals, Steven Pinker’s argument about animals in “The Better Angels of our Nature”, Gary Francione’s ideas about welfare improvement and a brief bit about the “Paleo” diet
- Interview with David Pearce on Lab meat and whether or not we should make human lab meat
- Question to Steven Pinker at the end of his lecture at the LSE on “The Better Angels of our Nature” about whether or not animal treatment is really improving (minute 55:10)