Welcome

 

Do you often find yourself faced with difficult choices and in discussions to do with diversity, inclusivity and green choices?

Do you want to accomplish positive change, but sometimes find it hard to know what approach to take or at a loss during discussions with certain professionals, business people and politicians?

Maybe you are a city councillor in Britain or a city commission member in the United States, or anyone else in public office anywhere.

The course “Bioethics – the ethics of everyday life” will provide you with a better foundation to negotiate for what you believe in.

Who I am? An independent writer and researcher who now focuses on bioethics sensu lato and who has a background in earth & life science. I am currently based in Britain, but I have previously lived in the US and hail from the Netherlands. Read more: https://angelinasouren.com/about-me/

 

Inspiring videos

Below is a list of other videos on bioethics-related topics that are worth watching.

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

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

Course requirements and sign-up form

Requirements

This course requires your commitment. A basic education should be enough to pull you through with the support from the other participants and me. There are assignments and discussions, though, and the topics we tackle can be pretty serious. (That is why I also include lighter lessons with assignments that may make you smile.)

The willingness to look at societal issues from different angles can also be a plus. So having an open mind helps, but I don’t want you to worry about that. Everyone is welcome.

Signing up and completing the course

The course is not available yet, but it will be soon. Once it is uploaded and complete, you will be able to take it at your own pace. I will send you all the information you need, such as your access code for Udemy.

As I will ask you to use PayPal for your payment to complete the sign-up process, you have the assurance of PayPal protecting your interests.

You can also carry out a wire payment into my business bank account, if you prefer. I will e-mail you a proper invoice. I’ve been self-employed for over two decades, and am VAT-registered.

You can choose one of the following three course fees.

  • £119.99. That’s about 180 dollars or about 150 euros.
  • £79.99 (about 120 dollars or about 100 euros).
  • £39.99 (about 60 dollars or about 50 euros).

So you won’t spend more than you can afford.

You will later also be able to sign up via Udemy. If you sign up via Udemy, you’ll only have one fee to choose from.

PS
6 March 2019: Dave, see the e-mail I sent to Astrid a few days ago. 😉

As the assignments are a vital part of the course, and I want to spread its main message, I will make all or most of the lecture videos freely available.

If you want to exercise your thinking muscles in the assignments, interact with other participants, get my feedback, get access to all sorts of handy materials and the chance to receive the course certificate upon successful completion, then you’ll need to sign up.

Also, the latest fixes and tweaks will only be available in the course itself (Udemy-based), as YouTube does not have a feature for replacing (updating) videos.

You can use the form below to start the sign-up process.

Tip:
If your comment or question is long, you may be able to make the text box larger on your screen by clicking on the bottom right corner and pulling the corner down. That makes it much easier to see what you’ve typed.

Are you “disabled”? (Who this course is for)

I really dislike the word “disabled” because it suggests that disabled people are not functional in any way. It is a word I use in relation to apps, features and programs on my phone and computer that I don’t want to interfere, for example when I am making a video, or that I have no need for or that take up too many resources.

I prefer to use the word “non-mainstream” instead, but that still leaves me with a bit of a problem because women, people whose skin tone isn’t lily-white and people who are over 30 or 45 can hardly be considered “non-mainstream”.

The discrimination they have experienced, however, has turned them into minorities within specific settings (such as boardrooms) and if I take that approach, I see that lily white people, young people and men are also minorities in certain settings. NOn-mainstream.

Men are still a minority in the caring and supporting professions, for example. Throughout my entire life, I have encountered only one male secretary of the kind that assists a higher-ranking person in a professional hierarchy. This likely means that there is a number of unemployed men out there who would make perfect secretaries, but aren’t getting hired because they aren’t female.

The word “secretary” is gender-neutral in English, but it isn’t in for example Dutch, in which it is exclusively female.

It also used to be the case that you couldn’t become a full professor until you had acquired a large enough number of grey hairs or had gone bald.

In certain musical genres, being white can now also hold you back considerably, just like being female or being black did in the past and still does in many settings.

So, make no mistake. If you are “disabled” or chronically ill and interested in this course, you too are very welcome. I didn’t mention you specifically in the video in which I explained who this course is for. My mistake. Or maybe not. I don’t tend to think in terms of disabled people versus non-disabled people, or white people versus people who are non-white, for example, though I too have my biases.

But I am pretty much practically oriented. People with baby carriages or people with wheelchairs or mobility scooters have in common that they can’t easily step off a sidewalk (pavement), while I can. I know that people with wheelchairs or mobility scooters – or elderly people and young people – can be just as grouchy or friendly or happy as anybody else. The practicalities they deal with, those are different. Those I may often be able to do a tiny little bit about.