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From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
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Revealing 13 Episodes & Calling for Volunteers

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Project Dashboard Jul 17 2014
Project Dashboard Jul 17 2014

Above, you can see how I'm doing - the working titles of all 13 episodes, and how they are progressing through 8 stages. (By "colour", BTW, I mean recording the things that get us out of the office or studio and help bring the story to life.) This is how I'm going to show you my progress.

Last time, I wrote about trying not to fall into the rabbit-hole of research. Well, it's been hard to avoid some controversies. Leading professor Hanns-Peter Schmidt thinks ahimsa developed out of attempts by animal sacrifices to justify themselves; I thought that was an unchallenged consensus until a day at the library led me to a contrary article by Prof Brian K Smith. The more I dig, the more I fall in.

So I've decided to ask for some help with uncovering those answers. Do you want to help me check out some of the questions my research turns up? Were the medieval Bogomils vegan or pesco-vegan? Were the Cathars vegan most days? Are there any real answers to my questions about the emergence of Vaishna or Brahmmin vegetarianism? If you've got library and journal access, enough understanding of history to use it, and some time to look into research questions that come up, I'd appreciate your help. Please get in touch, saying which periods you know about. You'll be paid the same as me (that is, nothing), but there will be appropriate credits on the website.

This is more of a long shot, but I obviously won't be able to physically get to all of the experts I'd like to meet. So if you're in any of the places below and have portable audio recording equipment, you could really help make the interview sound as good as possible. This would involve asking you to visit an expert whilst I interview them over the phone - known as a "simulrec" or "phono-record" in the industry. The places are:

  • Tapei, Taiwan
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Vineland, New Jersey, USA

Many thanks for your help, support, and continued interest!

Finally, I wanted to let you know about something that's more about the future of the movement than the past. I was due to talk at VegFestUK London about sifting evidence on health claims. (My first career was in science.) But the organiser read the description and decided it was "highly insulting" to some of the more alternative speakers. I think it's important that festivals include the more evidence-based parts of the movement as well as alternative health, so if you'd like to politely let the organiser know that there's demand for an objective evidence-based talk, you can sign the petition.

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