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?

Bohorquez, Diego. How does our gut talk to our brain?

Bregman, Rutger. 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?

Doudna, Jennifer. We can now edit our DNA but let’s do it wisely.

Enriquez, Juan. We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely.

Fallon, James. The Moth: Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath.

Feldman-Barrett, Lisa 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.

Grandin, Temple. The world needs all kinds of minds.

Jegede, Faith. What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers.

Jorgenson, Ellen. What you need to know about CRISPR.

Kahn, Jennifer. Gene editing can now change an entire species forever.

King, Rosie. How autism freed me to be myself.

Knoepfler, Paul. The ethical dilemma of designer babies.

Lanier, Heather. “Good” and “bad” are incomplete stories we tell ourselves

Marsh, Abigail. Why some people are more altruistic than others.

McGonigal, Jane. Gaming can make a better world.

McGonigal, Kelly. How to make stress your friend.

Ockelford, Adam. Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford in the key of genius.

Piff, Paul. Does money make you mean?

Real wild. Animal intelligence and prejudice.

Robinson, Ken. Schools kill creativity.

Rosling, Hans. Let my dataset change your mindset.

Savulescu, Julian. The Perfect Human Being Series E01 – on human enhancement.

Solomon, Andrew. Love, no matter what.

Wilkinson, Richard. How economic inequality harms societies.

This video below was a tip from the always generous Hank Greely:

Renee Wegrzyn during her 2017 talk “Engineering Gene Safety”