Critical thinker, non-fiction author and researcher
Hi there, welcome to my Udemy instructor profile. Nice to meet you. I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well and healthy in these interesting times.
I currently have only one course on Udemy, "Bioethics - the ethics of everyday life". It contains 25 lectures in 7 sections, with around 4 hours of video, lots of resources and many assignments. I’ve had another course on Udemy, but it’s no longer up-to-date so I removed it from my profile.
I’ve gotten good reviews. My students see me as a knowledgeable instructor who provides you with valuable information and helpful practical activities as well as clear explanations. I have often been told that I am a surprisingly patient teacher, for example when I was helping people with computer issues and with setting up websites. In one instance, this came from an Englishwoman who used to be a teacher in her home country, but then moved to Amsterdam. So that was a real compliment.
Let me to tell you a little bit more about my background because that is probably helpful.
While I am an earth and life scientist, I am also what Marie Forleo calls “multipassionate”. I’ve always been strongly motivated by a sense of justice. I for example write e-mails, sign petitions and take part in the occasional demonstration.
Over the years, I developed an interest in bioethics in the broad sense, the way it was intended by Fritz Jahr, the guy who came up with the word “bioethics”. This includes the rights of non-human animals.
I used to work in tourism and hospitality in Amsterdam, quit my job when I was in my mid twenties and turned myself into a geologist and marine biogeochemist. I became self-employed over two decades ago when I was still living in Amsterdam. Some of my projects and also some of my jobs have involved teaching grad students. I am now based in England in the UK and have previously lived in the US.
Here are some highlights from my life.
►Board member of the Environmental Chemistry (and Toxicology) Section of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society.
►Board member of NIMF, a Dutch foundation for women in science and technology.
►Associate editor of the international newsletter of the US-based Geochemical Society.
►Author of a book on the new eugenics (“We need to talk about this”).
►Author of a book about otherization and forms of cruelty (“Is cruelty cool?”).
►Member of Toastmasters of The Hague.
►Member of the Amsterdam American Business Club.
►One of Portsmouth's too many Bijan Ebrahimi's.
I am not into consumerism so I repair many items when I can, such as my phone, and repurpose many things. The tripod for my videos is the spine of an artificial Christmas tree that I found discarded, for example. I created the first two courses on an old 32-bit computer and by only using free software. But I flew an aircraft for a few minutes before I had even learned how to start a car.
I rehab the occasional bird, which is a journey that started in Florida. It's resulted in having pet birds, too. Rescues, of course. I've been around all kinds of animals all my life and spent a large part of my childhood roaming the moors and woods near the house in which I grew up. I later did geological fieldwork in several countries in Europe. I loved it and still miss it. I am so not a desk jockey!
That's me, in a nutshell. Anything else you want to know? Please ask. I hope you will also share your own story with me and your fellow students.
Have a wonderful day.