Inspiring videos (by others)

“It’s crazy. Honestly. I can’t believe it’s happened to me.” “Why me, why did this happen to me, what have I done that I’ve deserved this?” “It really is very surreal.” “It almost broke me. Honestly.” “Surviving there, I learned after a few weeks, the only way to keep myself mentally sane was to shut down and freeze every part of my personality because if you’re alert and active, you go insane.”

This latter video is not only inspiring plus a reminder that stories that sound too crazy to be true sometimes are, but also for me to underline that any community that is horrifically abusive is not a community but merely horrifically abusive. I eventually did something similar after I moved to Portsmouth. Shut down my personality. I had to.
Crammed onto tiny Portsea Island, Portsmouth is extremely insular, shockingly abusive, horrifically misogynistic and callously gerontophobic. Its culture is sadistic, controlling and overrun with mafia-style intimidation tactics. And when the abuse of me that sprang into action as soon as I moved here from Southampton started escalating and my situation deteriorating, when I was still living in the part of Portsmouth known as Southsea, I put a note on the wall in one of my rooms to remind me that things could be worse, in order to keep my spirits up. It literally said that I “could have been in a prison in Iran”. What a funny coincidence.
Never mind that. That’s fully on me. Nobody forced me to move to Portsmouth. I did that all by myself and I clearly didn’t do my due diligence (at least, not thoroughly enough). That’s on me. The point is, wherever you are in the world, if you’re trapped, whether it’s at the USA’s Guantánamo Bay prison camp, Evin Prison in Iran, in one of China’s Uyghur detention camps or in England, at Yarl’s Wood, or any other facility or situation in which innocent human beings can be held as prisoners indefinitely, and worse, know that one day you will be free again.

Below is a list with more videos that are worth watching. Some are profound and inspiring, and will produce a wonderful warm uplifting feeling. Others explain concepts and technologies like CRISPR.

Anholt, Simon. Which country does the most good for the world?
https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_anholt_which_country_does_the_most_good_for_the_world

Bohorquez, Diego. How does our gut talk to our brain?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utFG8GEvmfg

Bregman, Rutger. Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash.
https://www.ted.com/talks/rutger_bregman_poverty_isn_t_a_lack_of_character_it_s_a_lack_of_cash

Cohen, Glenn. Are There Non-human Persons? Are There Non-person Humans?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z8MMS0Su4o

Doudna, Jennifer. We can now edit our DNA but let’s do it wisely.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_doudna_we_can_now_edit_our_dna_but_let_s_do_it_wisely

Enriquez, Juan. We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely.
https://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_we_can_reprogram_life_how_to_do_it_wisely

Fallon, James. The Moth: Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzqn6Z_Iss0

Feldman-Barrett, Lisa You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them.
https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them

Generous, Alix. How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s.
http://www.ted.com/talks/alix_generous_how_i_learned_to_communicate_my_inner_life_with_asperger_s

Grandin, Temple. The world needs all kinds of minds.
http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds

Jegede, Faith. What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers.
http://www.ted.com/talks/faith_jegede_what_i_ve_learned_from_my_autistic_brothers

Jorgenson, Ellen. What you need to know about CRISPR.
https://www.ted.com/talks/ellen_jorgensen_what_you_need_to_know_about_crispr

Kahn, Jennifer. Gene editing can now change an entire species forever.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_kahn_gene_editing_can_now_change_an_entire_species_forever

King, Rosie. How autism freed me to be myself.
http://www.ted.com/talks/rosie_king_how_autism_freed_me_to_be_myself

Knoepfler, Paul. The ethical dilemma of designer babies.
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_knoepfler_the_ethical_dilemma_of_designer_babies

Lanier, Heather. “Good” and “bad” are incomplete stories we tell ourselves
https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_lanier_good_and_bad_are_incomplete_stories_we_tell_ourselves

Marsh, Abigail. Why some people are more altruistic than others.
https://www.ted.com/talks/abigail_marsh_why_some_people_are_more_altruistic_than_others/

McGonigal, Jane. Gaming can make a better world.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world

McGonigal, Kelly. How to make stress your friend.
https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

Ockelford, Adam. Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford in the key of genius.
http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key_of_genius

Piff, Paul. Does money make you mean?
http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_piff_does_money_make_you_mean

Real wild. Animal intelligence and prejudice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Z5088_t88

Robinson, Ken. Schools kill creativity.
https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Rosling, Hans. Let my dataset change your mindset.
https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_at_state

Savulescu, Julian. The Perfect Human Being Series E01 – on human enhancement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qary81ymWk&t=993s

Solomon, Andrew. Love, no matter what.
https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_love_no_matter_what

Wilkinson, Richard. How economic inequality harms societies.
http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson

This video below was a tip from the always generous Hank Greely:
http://longnow.org/seminars/02017/oct/30/engineering-gene-safety/

Renee Wegrzyn during her 2017 talk “Engineering Gene Safety”