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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/

 

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Developments

I am re-creating the course in Thinkific. I find it nicer to work with, so far, with easier access to all the materials. Better overview. and more customization possible. It has its challenges too, though. I hope the “Liquid error: internal” messages will soon disappear.

I must say that I did like getting this message from Udemy a few months ago:

Alternatives for eggs

One of the questions in the course is the following:
Find as many plant-based egg substitutes and (perfect or not) plant-based protein sources as you can find. Here are some responses.

Aquafaba is a good alternative for egg whites:
http://aquafaba.com/

Beans and rice are a great combo.

Buckwheat is a perfect protein source.

Pea protein powder is pretty awesome.

 

 

What do YOU think? (video contains triggers for people with CSA behind them)

I think that Cooke oversimplifies just a littttle bit when he says that he thinks that there are people who believe that psychopaths can be “cured” by giving them a cuddle, a puppy dog and a musical instrument…

Also, there is a distinction between people with a purely narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) – which occurs in various forms – and people who were born with structural brain differences that produces psychopathy, which can occur in conjunction with NPD. Psychopaths don’t get normally nervous, like regular folks. People with NPD do, but they tend to hide it very well.

There’s been research that found that this can be related to high levels of certain compounds (hormones) present during the pregnancy to which the person is exposed in utero.

This could happen in various ways, and only one example is the context of a war situation. (Environments that are “too” positive are not good either because this apparently can cause a desensitization to “feel-good” chemicals.)

As the brain is much more flexible than we used to think, and new neurons do develop later in life, unlike what we used to think, we should probably focus on stimulating new neuron development in areas that are smaller in psychopaths and in people with NPD relative to the general population.

British medical ethics forbidding the diagnosis of brain-related conditions with effects on personality in young children makes as much sense as forbidding the diagnosis of kidney disease or diabetes Type 1 in children or of stroke in patients in their 30s (when strokes are not supposed to occur) or of or early-onset Alzheimer’s.

What Blair says, that there could be pharmacological substances that can somehow affect the areas that are not working well in some people, that’s something that I’ve been wondering about as well. There is a heck of a lot that we still don’t know – or still ignore – about the human body.

Is there a REAL difference between giving pharmaceuticals and implanting a microchip (if you take away the invasive surgery and the associated risk for a moment)?

This is one of the many resources I give in the course (soon available elsewhere, besides on Udemy):
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/when-your-child-is-a-psychopath/524502/